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Nightshades Plants in a Nutshell
Solanaceae OR Solanum

Green Nightshades are Worse: Green Potatoes, Green Tomatoes, Green Bell, Peppers are the worst for you. and most nightshade vegetables are harvested when green (not good). (Green tomatoes turn red after harvesting).

What are Night Shade Vegetables?
Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, red and green peppers and paprika, Peppers of all kinds green, red, chili, paprika, cayenne, hot and sweet, Bell peppers (green, red, yellow, cherry), Paprika, Cayenne pepper (capsicum), Pimento, Chili peppers, Hot peppers (long & red, red cluster), Tobacco is also a nightshade. So is Jimson weed.

Exceptions: Sweet Potatoes (high in Vitamin A), and Yams (not high in Vitamin A), and Black and white peppers do not fall into this category. Avocados are also OK (in fact, Avocados are high in essential, preferred amino acids, and healthy fats).

Tomatoes, Lycopene and Vitamins
Nightshade family vegetables all have at least some fiber and carbohydrates, but most of the vegetables stand out for at least one type of nutrient. Tomatoes, for example, are known for their lycopene content, which may play a role in preventing some cancers, eye problems and heart disease. They also contain a good amount of vitamins A and C;

Do Nightshades Cause Joint Pain?
Because nightshades are only a problem for a small number of people, it’s overkill to suggest that everyone should avoid them.

People with arthritis are sometimes advised to avoid all nightshade plants because they are said to cause inflammation.  But this advice really only applies to people who have a sensitivity to solanine.  For these folks, eating nightshade plants causes an inflammatory reaction—including joint pain.

Because most people are not sensitive to solanine, however, I think it’s  misleading to characterize nightshade plants as “inflammatory,” and it’s certainly overkill to suggest that everyone with arthritis should avoid them—especially because they have so much going for them nutritionally. Nightshade plants are high in antioxidants, which actually help reduce inflammation. And chili peppers also contain capsaicin, a strongly anti-inflammatory compound. So, if you’re an arthritis sufferer, I’d think these would be foods you’d want to eat more of—unless, of course, you are among the minority that is sensitive to them.

How to Tell if You’re Sensitive to Nightshades
If you have joint pain—and tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and/or eggplant are a regular part of your diet—try eliminating all nightshades from your diet for at least two weeks and see if you notice any difference in your symptoms. If you see an improvement, you might be among those who are sensitive to solanine. For you, avoiding nightshades might help reduce joint pain or other symptoms of inflammation. If you don’t notice a difference, chances are that nightshades are not a problem for you and you can feel free to enjoy these otherwise nutritious foods.


    1. Hi Linda
      It can take between 3-6 months as this is the cycle for all cells in the body to be replaced.

  1. Why is there so many confusing different doctors saying a variety of ideas on what nightshade fruits and vegetables you can or can not eat? It leaves a person not knowing what to do. I have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. So what should I eat?

    1. Hi Rhonda
      The best way to get information on foods to eat is to schedule an appointment with the nutritionist especially at holistic one.
      The reason why one diet doesn’t suit everyone is because everybody has a different personal history and family history of diseases.
      The age and the sex of individual also determines dietary recommendations.
      I would suggest to find qualified holistic nutritionist.
      We provide this service. You can schedule an online Skype or face time appointment with our clinic.

      Hermeet Suri

  2. I took some ashwagandha capsule . Within a few hours I was violently ill. Nausea , vomiting , explosive diarrhea , four hours of total body rejecting this poison . I thought I would die . My doctors don’t believe me . I know it was solanie poisoning . I am now eliminating nightshade foods . I also have bipolar 1 , hypothyroid symptoms and am starting Wilson protocol . What about turmeric ? I was taking it with black pepper .

  3. many years ago I developed a very bad reaction to peppers – rather lke violent food poisoning and I have studiously avoided them ever since. Although I had no such effect from potatoes and tomatoes, I eat them only very occasionally, and in small amounts due to suggested bad affect on arthritis.

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