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Nightshades in general

Answered on December 30, 2013
Created September 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Do nightshades create problems in generally healthy people? My family is in good health and have no auto-immune issues and I have noticed we tend to eat lot of nightshades, I always add paprika to my curries, we have tomatoes, bell peppers almost daily in salads .... Also I cook big batches of chilli with again lot of tomatoes, bell peppers, green chillies .... Also we eat others like potatoes. My concern is whether these nightshades would eventually cause any trouble?

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on September 23, 2013
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well, you know, also fear itself....

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on December 30, 2013
at 06:16 PM

As they say, the poison is in the dose.

For me personally, if nightshades contain poison, why would I want to eat it?

Seems like having a little-bit of rat-poison every day (not enough to get you overtly ill). Seems like a bad idea.

I'm day 3 into a nightshade elimination trial to see if I can notice a difference.

Mike

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on September 26, 2013
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I don't think you should worry much about potatoes. Do eat the rest in moderation. Surely a little chili, a couple of times a week, is healthy due to its herbal properties (antibacterial for example). In my opinion, for bulk eating humble northern vegetables are the healthiest. Turnip and rutabaga, cabbage, beet, carrots, string beans, collard, chard, zucchini, winter squash, garlic, onions, but also potatoes.

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on September 26, 2013
at 02:54 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies! @Migo has really scared hell out of me. We feel fine after eating them, no gut problems as of now, just a little concern with tons my family consumes! Two times a week it is Chilli with paprika, ancho, bell peppers, tomatoes topped with mashed potatoes!! then there are salads, tomato basil soups, salsa .... You get the idea ..

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on September 23, 2013
at 01:35 AM

There is nightshade and nightshade. Potatoes have a lot less alkaloids than the rest.

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on September 23, 2013
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The nightshade family is a huge family. I eat tons and have no issues. A lot of foods with bad side effects seem to be with those with allergies, or like Kyle indicated, you have gut dysbiosis and the body currently can't handle whatever offending properties you could have handled in a healthier state.

Do you have any of the symptoms that Migo mentioned? If so, don't eat them. If not, enjoy. We don't need to get back to the time when everyone thought tomatoes were poisonous.

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on September 19, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Nightshades contain capsaicin (the irritant substance in chili peppers), nicotine (the addictive, stimulant substance in tobacco), tropane (a chemical precursor of cocaine), and solanine, an interesting glycoalkaloid which is a defense mechanism of the plant and may cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, nightmares, headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils, hypothermia and death (but only if you ingest more than half a gram). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine

Other than that, there's nothing to fear about nightshades.

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on September 23, 2013
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well, you know, also fear itself....

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on September 19, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Unlikely. More likely to cause trouble if your gut is damaged from something like Gluten.

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