Nightshades are a group of plants that belongs to the Solanaceae family. This group includes about 2,000 species, such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, Goji berries, etc.
In case you suffer from allergies, food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, or any autoimmune disease, the consumption of nightshades may deteriorate your condition.
The truth is that nightshades increase inflammation through a certain chemical called solanine. According to researchers, this chemical could lead to gastrointestinal tract irritation. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the chemical may also result in destruction of the red blood cells that carry oxygen.
In addition, this chemical is not water soluble as well as not destroyed by cooking. It is actually not broken down inside the body. However, the body excretes it as alpha-solanine, which is a neurotoxin. It is a fact that almost all foods that include alpha-solanine also possess at least 5 other neurotoxins like nicotine and atropine.
Here Are the Side-Effects of Eating Nightshades:
Arthritis is actually one of the health issues associated with nightshade consumption. Moreover, some experts claim that arthritis is usually misdiagnosed in those who may only experience the nightshade consumption side-effects while experiencing a nightshade sensitivity.
Specifically, nightshade foods could deplete calcium from bones and replace it in soft tissue, thus increasing the risk of arthritis. Therefore, researchers have suggested that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or gout should exclude nightshades from their diet.
The founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation, Norman F. Childers, explains that diet seems to play a major role in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of more than 1400 volunteers within a period of 20 years.
So, those suffering from arthritis, gout or other inflammatory conditions, including rheumatism, lupus, etc., or any musculoskeletal pain disorders should avoid eating nightshade foods since they can adversely affect their health.
Here Are Several Types of Nightshade Foods:
- Tomatoes (all types)
- Potatoes (all types, except yams or sweet potatoes)
- Peppers (all types, including red & green peppers, cayenne, bell pepper, chili peppers, wax pepper, paprika, and so on)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Goji berries
- Pepino Melon
- Garden Huckleberry & Blueberries (possess alkaloids, which increase inflammation)
- The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
What’s more, soy sauce produced in the U.S. is typically made with genetically modified soy beans that are cut with the nightshade plant known as Petunia. So, it is advisable to buy Braggs Amino Acids at your local health food store since it is a healthier variety. Also, it is naturally fermented soy sauce and has the same taste.
Note: The condiments white or black pepper and peppercorns do not belong to the group of nightshades.
You Should Also Avoid Using These Products or Ingredients:
- Homeopathic remedies that contain Belladonna
- Over-the-counter and prescription drugs that possess potato starch as a filler (It is usually found in muscle relaxing and sleeping drugs.)
- Edible flowers, such as day jasmine, chalice vine, petunia, angel and devil’s trumpets
- Atropine and Scopolamine (They are typically added in sleeping medication.)
- Topical medications for reducing inflammation and pain that possess capsicum (in cayenne pepper)
- Baking powders that include potato starch
- Never lick envelopes because many adhesives include potato starch
- Vodka (It is made from potatoes.)
Note: Always read the labels of the products you use to avoid any of these ingredients that can negatively affect your health condition. Also, do not purchase a food, which uses the generic term of spices or seasoning since you won’t know what are its main ingredients.
Here Is How to Check If Nightshade Plants Negatively Affect Your Health Condition:
It is recommended to take 3-month challenge in order to check if this group of plants negatively affect your health. All you need to do is exclude all types of nightshade foods within a period of 3 months.
As mentioned previously, you should also read the labels of all products or medications you use since some of them may possess nightshades.
After a period of 3 months, you should start reintroduce one nightshade food at a time. However, it is also advisable to take note of any symptoms, such as loss of energy, stiffness, aches, pains, headaches, respiratory issues, etc.
Like many people, you may also find that your health will greatly improve after excluding the nightshade plants from your daily diet.
- Thompson, Caroline. ”Caroline’s No Nightshade Kitchen: Arthritis Diet – Living without tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant!”;
- Fowler, Michael. ”Nightshade Free Pain Free”;