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Really, should we avoid nightshades?

Commented on November 22, 2013
Created November 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I see so much controversy over it. I tried to do some quick research and answer my own question but figured some knowledgable paleohackers could provide a synthesis of the pros and cons, the goods and bads, the silly and sound arguments, and maybe point me to relevant links.

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on November 22, 2013
at 12:21 AM

for someone such as myself with autoimmune inflammatory issues, inflammation of my joints and organs is more acute than most others i would say. for example, gluten and starchy stuff will almost instantaneously cause my immune system to attack my left knee... it feels as if a tendon is screaming at me. likewise with my liver and kidneys... gluten or sugar will cause what feels like inflammation.

potatoes will cause this for me, but not other nightshades, so i think its more of the heavy starch than anything else.

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on November 21, 2013
at 11:20 PM

Sure. I really don't know the history of tge nightshade. What about undomesticated nightshades aren't very digestible?

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on November 20, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Grok probably wasn't eating nightshades all that much, because we hadn't domesticated them to be highly edible yet.

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on November 20, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Tomatoes give me dandruff for example (wheat too, but that is another story). All of them give me little aches in places where I had a soccer injury. I eat chili peppers in moderation, all my burgers, beef or pork, have some. My go-to summer veggies are potatoes, beet, chard, string beans, and zucchini.

For the potatoes, I am guessing that resistant starches make the overall contribution of the food positive. But I do notice differences in the "heat" (to use a chinese traditional term) with potatoes as opposed to virtually any other root starchy vegetable.

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on November 19, 2013
at 11:10 PM

It's interesting when people talk subjectively about what is/isn't "inflammatory". What are the feelings/clues you get to let you know when some food has an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effect on you?

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on November 20, 2013
at 12:40 PM

I find some are ok (tomato) and others seem to cause issues (eggplant, bellpeppers). It's an individual response. Test yourself with an elimination and reintroduction, and see how it works. Typically they seem to agravate joint issues.

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on November 20, 2013
at 07:55 AM

My gut-reaction is : don't overthink about it, just do your experiment and see what works for you. Everyone has an opinion about everything! Don't lose yourself in too much information. Life is short!

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on November 20, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Nightshade reactions seem to be on a per individual basis. If you find yourself responding poorly to nightshades then avoid them. If not then they tend to be wonderful foods, both nutritionally and culinarily.

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on November 19, 2013
at 10:46 PM

I find potatoes not to be inflammatory, but the rest (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes) is.

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on November 19, 2013
at 11:10 PM

It's interesting when people talk subjectively about what is/isn't "inflammatory". What are the feelings/clues you get to let you know when some food has an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effect on you?

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on November 19, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I'm going to give gut-reaction and say that Groks were eating colorful seed pods off of plants. I have a totally unscientific and unfounded opinion that a lack of tolerance to nightshades probably points more to the gluten/casein/legume-destroyed guts of the individual. Whether or not that can be fixed is just hard to tell.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 20, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Grok probably wasn't eating nightshades all that much, because we hadn't domesticated them to be highly edible yet.

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