Mine Karaca1, Oytun Erbaş1

1ERBAS Institute of Experimental Medicine, Illinois, USA & Gebze, Türkiye

Keywords: Alkaloids, potatoes, solanine, solanine poisoning, solanine toxicity.


The plants naturally produce alkaloids as a defense mechanism against certain insects and fungi to protect themselves from external factors. Plants of the Solanum genus, such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants, produce the substance solanine through natural processes. The amount of solanine produced by the plant for self-protection can increase due to genetic and environmental factors. This situation is often caused by improper storage conditions after harvest. Consuming potatoes with increased solanine concentration can be highly risky for health and can lead to solanine poisoning. This review discusses solanine poisoning and its mechanism.

Cite this article as: Karaca M, Erbaş O. Solanine Poisoning: Effects, Risks, and Management Strategies. JEB Med Sci 2024;5(2):189-193.

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