Is garlic a nightshade?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

So, a few deys ago I read an answer to a question which stated that garlic is a nightshade. I would have posted this question there but couldn't find the topic anymore. I was told it isn't. So, is garlic a nightshade? Also, links to the latest on nightshades would be greatly appreciated! I'm gonna eliminate them for a while, but wil be looking at a dose which doesn't cause problems



on May 25, 2013
at 10:31 AM

Solanum genus would be nightshade. Garlic is of the Allium genus. /nerd Eat up.

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on May 25, 2013
at 11:49 AM

The confusion may be that people who are sensitive to nightshades may ALSO be sensitive to garlic. Garlic is high in fructans, so if you have a problem with FODMAPs, you should avoid garlic. They are 2 separate issues, but sometimes confounded.

Here is a list to add to your confusion. :)




on May 25, 2013
at 11:35 AM

No, it's not. According to WHFoods, the nightshade family includes, "Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, and cayenne peppers," among many others.


Also, keep in mind that while garlic has many health benefits, it can also have side effects on certain individuals who consume too much.

It's too much to quote, see the "Precautions" section in the following link: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/garlic-000245.htm

Though I think you'd have to be eating a lot of it to get bad side effects.

Hope this helps some :)

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