Sock it to 'em!


06 January 2023
How potato 'tip' for beating the flu is gaining pace on social media.

A SOCIAL media claim that potatoes in socks can help beat the flu has gone viral, clocking up 8.1 billion views collectively.

An American mum originally shared the remedy, known simply as “potato sock,” which instructs viewers on how to correctly complete the remedy. Since she posted her video, which has garnered more than 6.6 million views, there have been hundreds of clips showing social media users trying out the health hack.

Many Tiktok users now swear by the practice, saying the potatoes have helped draw toxins out of their bodies, leaving them feeling fresh and energised.

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The advice is to cut two slices from a potato and place them beneath the sole of each foot before covering with a sock overnight. The woman who posted the clip claims this draws the toxins out of the body. But while many TikTok users supported the claim, saying they'd tried it themselves with success, others were more cynical and said it had not worked for them.

Medical experts also shed doubt on the claim. Popular TikTok doctor Tommy Martin posted a video encouraging viewers to get their children vaccinated against the flu, rather than stuff their socks with potatoes and a nutritionist claimed the potatoes appeared blackened after removed from the socks only because it had been exposed to air and body heat, causing enzymatic browning.

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