Nightshade fruit and vegetables are for sure a topic close to my heart. If some of the symptoms mentioned below ring a bell and you have tried this that and the other, you may want to consider leaving all the nightshade off of your plate and replacing them with the many other available fruit and veg available.
What are nightshade fruits and vegetables?
Nightshades fruits and vegetables are a family of vegetables referred to as Solanaceae plants of the Solanum Genus. All of them produce an alkaloid compound called solanine. There are over 2,000+ known plant species which include a great number of the most used common fruits and vegetables we use on a daily basis in our food, drinks and also our medication.
It is quite common that some people have a sensitivity, intolerance or that they are even allergic to nightshade fruits and vegetables and that they are unable to completely digest them, i.e. poor food absorption. People who suffer with a sensitivity may experience gas, flatulence, IBS, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome, painful joints, anemia, osteoporosis, headaches, reddening of the skin, eczema, psoriasis, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, any type of inflammation and even depression after consuming nightshades. Eliminating foods that belong into the nightshade family may provide pain relief for arthritis sufferers.
What happens during an allergic reaction?
An allergy is the effect of a malfunction in our immune system. Our body doesn’t recognise and mistakes the proteins from the nightshade fruit and vegetables as a dangerous and harmful substance and it attempts to fight them off. So when you consume nightshade fruit and vegetables our body begins to create specific antibodies that are engineered to destroy the nightshade vegetable proteins, and that within minutes. The introduction of the IgE antibodies into the blood causes the production of histamine in soft tissue throughout the body, which mainly affect the lungs, skin as well as nasal passages.
Most nightshade fruit and vegetables are completely healthy for most of us, but for some it can act as a trigger similar to wheat, soya, gluten or dairy and cause major immune reactions that lead to havoc in your system!
Nightshade fruit, vegetables & common herbs!
- potatoes (ALL colours)
- eggplants (Aubergines)
- goji berries
- chilli peppers
- cayenne pepper
- red pepper flakes
- ground cherries
- pepino melons
- tobacco (YES, tobacco!)
- and even ashwagandha (a popular herb for its stress-relieving properties)
Blueberries, goji berries and huckleberries all include similar alkaloids, but they are not nightshades. BUT it may be a good idea to eliminate them at the same time.
Caution of anything that might contain potato starch, be it as a thickener or filler, including medications, baking powders, and did you know that even envelope glue can contain potato starch?
Black and white pepper are NOT nightshades, they are from peppercorns (a fruit).
Nightshade fruits and vegetables are a massive topic and we are just scratching the surface here, so please get into the subject by researching and joining groups, it may help you to get a grip of your physical (and mental!) well-being or someone elses.