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How common are issues with nightshades?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2010 at 12:36 AM

When I gave up gluten, I didn't really expect to never eat it again, but that's the way it worked out. ??well, I don't eat it on purpose, at least!

Before I go down that particular path, I'd like to know how common nightshade intolerances are? ??I can't really imagine life without peppers, and tomatoes would be hard too, but if it's the missing piece of the puzzle...

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I'm also suspicious of sulfites and eggs, but I really hope it's not eggs. Sulfites are manageable for me, if I know that's what it is. I love eggs!

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on May 29, 2010
at 04:26 PM

and perhaps those are worth looking at limiting as well....

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on May 29, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Alkaloids are in many other vegetables as well.

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on May 29, 2010
at 12:55 AM

I'm aware of the no-nightshades "rule" but I really don't understand the logic of it. So I'm interested in the answers to this, too.

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on May 29, 2010
at 01:32 AM

I would try it. The compounds in nightshades seem to be beneficial for some (the book Wild Health has lots of info on this), but cause sensitivity in others. I know at least six paleos who are night-shade free. Most are battling serious illnesses and that marginal elimination was worth it.

I did a few months without nightshades and things actually did get better, but when I added up in because OMGILOVETHEM...nothing happened that I was able to detect. I wonder if I gave my gut time to heal.

The arguments against them being a "new world" food never made sense to me. The compounds in them that are supposedly so bad are not unique. Almost every family of plants produces potential toxins. There are some old world plants consumed in the paleolithic that are much scarier than nightshades, notably the cycads. If your body is healthy you should be able to handle "plant poisons" and there is some evidence they lead to hormesis and help prevent cancers.

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on May 29, 2010
at 07:42 PM

I'm also suspicious of sulfites and eggs, but I really hope it's not eggs. Sulfites are manageable for me, if I know that's what it is. I love eggs!

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on May 29, 2010
at 04:37 AM

I like this statement from the Wiki on Solanum (nightshades):

"While most medical relevance of Solanum is due to poisonings which are not uncommon and may be fatal.."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum

You can go down the list of nightshades, and likely you'd be best to avoid the alkaloids (poison/defensive chemistry) in the family as a whole.

http://www.getting-started-with-healthy-eating.com/nightshade-vegetables.html#alkaloids

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on May 29, 2010
at 04:26 PM

and perhaps those are worth looking at limiting as well....

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 29, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Alkaloids are in many other vegetables as well.

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