What Are Nightshades?

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349px-Illustration_Solanum_dulcamara0_cleanAt the Ancestral Health Symposium, I was offered some jerky.  I said something like “oh, I’m highly sensitive to nightshades so I probably can’t eat it”.  The man offering it to me said “I don’t think this one has nightshades”.  I said “Really?  Paprika?  Cayenne? Tomatoes?”.  The man said “nope”.  So, I took a piece.  The heat in my mouth instantly told me that I should have scrutinized the ingredients before agreeing.  Red pepper was clearly listed and the burning sensation in my mouth was sending alarm bells throughout my body.  I spat out the bite, but am seeing increased inflammation in the aftermath anyway, including joint pain in my ankles and hips, inflamed skin and acne, and stenosing tenosinovitis in my right hand.  Not convenient while I’m in the last final push to get the book ready for the printer.

This experience got me thinking:  most people don’t know what nightshades are.   And if you are like me and need to avoid nightshades (I actually recover from accidental gluten exposure more rapidly than I recover from accidental nightshade exposure), this can be a problem.  A big problem.  I also realized that even though I wrote a thorough post on why nightshades are eliminated from the autoimmune protocol (food for thought for anyone with unresolved inflammation), I haven’t shared a complete list of nightshade.

So, what are nightshades?

Nightshades are a botanical family of plants, more technically called Solanaceae.  These plants all have certain characteristics in common (like the shape of the flower and how the seed is arranged within the fruit–Wikipedia has a good description).  There are more than two thousand plant species in the nightshade family, the vast majority of which are inedible and many of which are highly poisonous (like deadly nightshade and jimsomweed). Tobacco is a nightshade, and is known to cause heart, lung, and circulatory problems, as well as cancer and other health problems (although, clearly some of this has to do with the other toxins in tobacco products derived from the processing.)

It became very important for me to include a complete list of nightshades in my  book, in part because avoiding nightshades can be harder than avoiding gluten.  So, I put together this list.

The following are all members of the nightshade family (a couple of which you might only ever encounter while on a vacation in the tropics or in supplements):

  • Ashwagandha
  • Bell peppers (a.k.a. sweet peppers)
  • Bush tomato
  • Cape gooseberry (also known as ground cherries—not to be confused with regular cherries)
  • Cocona
  • Eggplant
  • Garden huckleberry (not to be confused with regular huckleberries)
  • Goji berries (a.k.a. wolfberry)
  • Hot peppers (such as chili peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, chili-based spices, red pepper, cayenne)
  • Kutjera
  • Naranjillas
  • Paprika
  • Pepinos
  • Pimentos
  • Potatoes (but not sweet potatoes)
  • Tamarillos
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes

This is a very complete list of edible nightshades, but note that many of those listed include dozens of varieties.  There are many, many varieties of hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and even something like 200 varieties of potatoes, for example.  And the number of products including nightshades is enormous.  In fact, if a label lists the vague ingredient “spices”, that almost always includes paprika.  Many spice blends, like curry and steak spice, usually contain nightshades (for more information see Spices on the Autoimmune Protocol).   You might find ingredients such as sambal, shichimi, or tabasco listed and not immediately realize that those are sauces made with hot peppers.  In fact, there are thousands of varieties of hot sauce, all of which contain nightshades.

The reason why nightshades are problematic for many people is due to the glycoalkaloid content (see this post). Overconsumption of these edible species can actually be poisonous to anyone, and it is possible that the low-level toxic properties of nightshade vegetables contribute to a variety of health issues over time.

Speaking of glycoalkaloids, some Websites have erroneously “reported” that some nonnightshade fruits and vegetables contain the glycoalkaloid solanine. See this post for full details, but rest assured that these fruits and vegetables—including  blueberries, huckleberries, okra, apples, cherries, sugar beets, and artichokes—are safe to consume from a glycoalkaloid standpoint.

Comments

I am sorry in advance, but really? I have a restaurant and allergies have become all the rage. What about just eating a balanced diet? Think about something other than yourself. Wake up and decide to feel good. I know that some people have serious allergies, but things like this seem disrespectful to those people. While in France last year (for three months), I was cooking for a book, and I kept asking people if they had any allergies and they looked at me like I was crazy. Because most eat everything. No one else in the world does this. Get over yourselves. Just live life.

Deborah, thank you for your comment. It is through comments such as yours conversations are sparked and experiences are shared (albeit with quite a peppering of self righteous indignation). Hopefully someone will be helped as a result of the shared experience brought out below as a result of your complaint.

I agree with you to some extent, that allergies (or more appropriately immune and autoimmune issues) seem to disproportionately affect citizens in the US as compared to other developed, let alone undeveloped nations and cultures. Based on articles, exposes, documentaries, related experiences and my own experience I don’t doubt that these chemical sensitivities are a result (in part) of the exposure to tens of 1,000’s of unregulated chemicals used in our country for manufacturing and industrial process, with little to no safety evaluation or research performed whatsoever.

Our bodies are constantly in a state of distress, from the time we are in the womb, and believe that all of these reactions people’s bodies are having are a result of this. These unnatural chemicals (both good and bad…harmful or benign) are so prevalent and embedded in our lives and environment that I fear the situation in this country will continue to get worse for some time.

Happy day and life to you!

You have no idea. After having children with severe food allergies, and finding out what difference eating carefully makes in their health and well being, I have to wonder if every sickly or hyper kid is showing us his food allergy.

Really? I have had chronic hives every single day for the past 5 years. It is not because I decided to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Certain foods trigger these hives. Dairy, Pork, Seafood, alcohol and recently discovered that nightshades too are a major trigger. Since my recent nightshade discovery and avoidance of these foods I can finally sleep at night and don’t have red burning welts all over my body every day. But of course, maybe it’s just an attitude change.

It must be nice not to suffer from, or know anyone who suffers from autoimmune diseases that completely rob you of your life. Food intolerances, not allergies are so much more formidable than people give them credit for. My husband has a fused thumb from the arthritis that developed because of undiagnosed coeliac disease. If only the damage had stopped there – we’re still trying to figure out how to heal his gut and cutting out nightshades has really seemed to make an impact.

As I say, must be nice to be blissfully ignorant.

You, Deborah, are obviously someone who has lived such a charmed life as to not have had or known anyone closely enough that has had any type of autoimmune disease. As someone who has always eaten well, I.e. organic and for the most part clean, and been in great shape, and then was crippled with the disease Lupus, I can attest to the fact that one doesn’t have to just have an “allergy” to be extremely negatively affected by nightshades. When you go from being an active Mom, wife, doctor, and volunteer to being someone who cannot move because of pain and inflammation due to an autoimmune disease, you come to know how deleterious nightshades can be for your health if you have one of these horrible diseases, that, by the way, have no cure. You might want to do your research before making such ignorant and sophomoric statements.

I have watched my FOUR YEAR OLD child eat nightshade vegetables and break out into hives all over her body, severe enough to require a visit to the emergency room because she was scratching herself RAW. In fact, I feed her a VERY balanced diet, and thought that many of these nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant) were good for her, but come to find out they are slowly killing her! Should my FOUR YEAR OLD “wake up and decide to feel good”? Should she “get over herself” and “just live life” when eating these foods makes her completely miserable, uncomfortable and in medical danger?

You are ignorant and stupid, and as the owner of a restaurant you should be ashamed of your lack of concern for your patrons allergies! I sincerely hope no one with an allergy enters your restaurant and encounters your cavalier attitude and it ends up in severe allergic reaction and a LAWSUIT for you.

You cannot sue a restaurant owner regarding the food they serve in their establishment. It is the CUSTOMERS responsibility to chose another restaurant that better suits their dietary restrictions. Now who’s the ignorant person??

What an ignorant comment, she mentions what her reaction to it is!
I am in a similar boat, with gluten, no I do not have celiac, so people like you think I am crazy and faking it. NO. I didn’t want to go to the trouble of giving up gluten, because I wasn’t having a horrible reaction or breaking out in hives, But I had blood work PROVE I HAVE A WHEAT ALLERGY. So I went gluten free, and wow, my stomach is finally happy, I forgot what a normal tummy was actually like before this.
So just because I don’t have celiac or break out in hives and nearly die from gluten, doesn’t mean I can eat it, I still have a proven issue with it.
I guarantee you that an extensive food allergy panel would show that her body freaks out when exposed to nightshades and everything else she is avoiding for health.

Totally agree with you Brandon.

Every time I’ve deleted grains, dairy, (and processed food) I have an amazing surge in energy, reduced or no IBS symptoms, no hives, no pimples (I am 60+).
A colonoscopy/gastroscopy and blood work reveal I don’t have celiac disease but I certainly react to grains, particularly wheat.

I pass out and have severe bloating and stomach pain after ingesting white bread (especially supermarket sliced white), I fall asleep anywhere from 2-4 hours. I’ve even came close to falling asleep standing up.

I can tolerate a little of some problem foods, but when I go Paleo 100% the difference is quite astounding.

Seems to me that everyone who thinks we can just ‘get over’ it by changing our mindset/attitude has never suffered from CFS, FM, IBS or MCS……and autoimmune diseases.

I can sometimes excuse lack of experience, but I can’t excuse rude, insensitive and ignorant (like Debra Scarborough).

Yes gluten intolerance can be an issue, but there is still a very small portion of the population that is intolerant or allergic to gluten. It might be a good idea to watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3cIrNEuIc&feature=youtu.be
This whole notion that gluten is the devil was a concocted idea from someone who had no data whatsoever to back up their claims. Sure do what feels good for your body, but there is no need to completely cut out gluten. This might also help you: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-diagnose-gluten-intolerance/

Paige, how can you say that ‘there is still a very small portion of the population intolerant or allergic to gluten’? How can most people tell without being tested? EVERY TIME you eat gluten, it damages the lining of your gut. But it doesn’t have to give you any symptoms for a very long time. So you simply don’t know until it’s too late because what’s going on inside you, is a completely different story. Perhaps you could try watching some other videos for a change?

Lol at this lady and her “humble brag” about being in France for 3 months writing a book. Hahhaa. That kills me “oh but they don’t do xyz in Europe!” Who said Europe has it right?

When I eat a nightshades I start feeling like I have a bad sunburn, begin sweating as in I sweat thru all of my clothes, then the uncontrollable diarrhea starts and the vomiting. At the 20-25 minute mark I pass out. I stay out for about 15 hours. I have diarrhea and vomit white foam for the next 4-7 days. BTW – I LOVE absolutely LOVE….tomatoes, bel peppers and potatoes. A good bowl of chili, chili cheese dogs, frito pies, mashed potatoes! You have no idea!

Okay, do you have allergies? Apparently not. So, you do not understand and you chose to post something so mind bogglingly ignorant.

I am 22 years old and here are my allergies:

All Nightshades
Wheat
Gluten
Buckwheat
Corn
Dairy
Almonds
Peanuts

I suffered from horrible dermatitis, bloated stomach, gas, gut issues galore, felt horribly depressed, foggy brain, couldn’t concentrate, gained weight, stomach aches. You get my drift, I was miserable until I went on an elimination diet. I am in badass shape, I am happy and I eat like you would not believe. I create my own treats, cook all my own meals and actively avoid eating out. I am living my life and so are all the others on this website, including its creator.

I would love to hear more about the meals you cook! My husband fits your symptoms to a T and we have been on a long 3-year journey of eliminating foods. We are starting to notice nightshades negative effect on him. Please email me with any tips you may have! Thanks you!

wow, must be nice to feel so good and not have any compassion for people with illness. What a snot you are. Yeah, people make it all up so they can be consumed in themselves. Maybe a few do, but most do not.

Reasons to avoid certain foods are not always an allergy, many are just reactions. I just returned from a doctor’s appointment. I have very bad migraines and instead of the horrible medications usually prescribed for migraines my doctor has suggested I try taking a few new supplements and get rid of all night shades and gluten from my diet for at least 2 weeks. I would much rather try to go natural than fill up on chemicals. Just trying to live life the best way possible. Think how bad it sucks for those that can’t just go out and eat what ever they want. Put a few really cool gluten free and or nightshade free meals on the menu, bet they pay off.

Deborah, that was quite an ignorant comment.
i did not have any food allergies until i had my 1st child. i now suffer horrendously with Wheat and Nightshade products.

If i was to just live and enjoy my food i’d be sat on the toilet for days.

Wow, its apparent from the side of someone who doesn’t have to deal with food allergies that life is good. I’m curious why you would take such personal offense to this written information for people with “unresolved inflammation.” You have no idea what it’s like to have a strong degree of inflammation in your body, I’m guessing. I went from being driven and determined with absolute action taken in any circumstance. Because of inflammation in body and brain reduced me to zombie on the couch. Eating what everyone else was eating, yet I was having migraines for first time ever. Brain fog, inability to execute a purpose or plan for life. I’m thinking these night shades are a part of the problem. Yesterday eating some potatoes and tomatoes and this morning being as if I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome when yesterday I was just fine. There is a legitimate need for someone with this article. Your need for a personal attack/response to this doesn’t make sense. Something doesn’t add up, I’m not sure why. Such an attack may stem from something in this article reminds you of something or someone else. Good luck with that, this article isn’t an attack against you trust me. I hope you never have to deal with food sensitivities or allergies or anyone in your family for that matter. People are not robots. You can’t just make them feel good.

you have got to be kidding me. please list the name of this restaurant. I would never want to eat there. good food or not. your ignorance is enough for me to know I would never want to eat there. WOW

Ok, so you have a restaurant. Did you do research before you opened it? Certainly you did. On how much money you could make, let others decide if they wanted to eat what you had or not. Such is life. We choose to do what we choose to do. You chose money. Or did you choose that because you like to cook? Really, then you would have done your homework on what people like and don’t like. Hmmm, you just made a comment that brought you all kinds of reproach huh? Think before you talk.

http://www.blackcatbistro.com/food/culinary-team.php >>>>This seems to be her restaurant, shall you chose to avoid it for your own safety. Or if you wanted to screenshot this comment feed & say, post it to social media.

Dear Deborah,

Thanks for the heads up that allergies are trendy right now. I’ll let my allergic toddler, allergic 5 year old, allergic 15 year old, allergic husband and our highly specialized pediatric immunologist know that they actually have nothing to worry about, as long as they eat a balanced, varied diet. Now, just a quick question for your infinite wisdom of autoimmune diseases and disorders- what do you recommend for anaphylaxis treatment? And how about full-body hives? Or a chronic stomach ache for a week or more following exposure to an allergen? Shall I simply feed my child some peanuts, cashews, onions, bananas, strawberries, milk, soy protein, eggs, sesame, garlic, or any of the other 8 foods he is allergic to to appease your opinion?

Have you ever actually seen a person in a full anaphylactic reaction? Have you ever experienced oral allergy syndrome yourself, or had a headache and stuffy nose for weeks because you accidentally had a milk derivative? No? Then how about you can it & keep your reckless, ill-informed, ridiculous opinions about matters in which you clearly have NO experience or education of locked up in that snarky little mind of yours.

Sincerely,
The Entire World

You know, some people don’t care what they put in their mouths because they already know. They already know we are destined to die. Well if I can make a difference in how I feel before that time arrives, if the end of this system doesn’t arrive before my death, I choose to eat to make myself feel good. So. I need to pay attention to what makes me thrive or what makes me hide in my house to deal with the results of bad eating.
We all have choices.
Make wise ones.

Now, I have no known food allergies, my allergies are linked to pollen and contact with certain plants, mainly weeds. However I am intolerant to dairy, only cows milk, I have no reaction to goats milk(universal milk, those of you with an intolerance I suggest trying goats milk you may be surprised like myself(: ). I’m also severally allergic to sulfa and penicillin, which I found out while handling Tulip bulbs, one of the main hosts for Penicillium Molds. Over the last 5-6 years I have been cleansing my body of medication or pharmaceutical control. I notice now when I have no choice but to take an antibiotic they severely effect me.. light sensitivity, nausea, 5 mins in the sun will cause a sun burn, can not tolerate any form of dairy, cannot have spicy foods or tomatoes, very sugar sensitive, even potatoes make me feel as if I’m holding on to an extra 20 lbs of water weight and bloating when I am on any medication. When my body has cleared the rest of the medicine out I can resume life as normal.. This is something that has bothered me since I noticed it happening two years ago. I am now in 100% control of my weight, I’m active, alert and energetic, I do my best to eat healthy and have plans to grow and eat my own food when I finally move into a house. My family is very high risk for autoimmune diseases psoriasis, lupus and diabetes is in our family too. I will only search out a doctor for antibiotics after I’ve tried everything I can to heal myself, I take herbs and supplements now to help counteract all of my side effects and the ones that are given naturally by the medication.
I personally think that between big Pharma and big Ag controlling so much of our nation and constantly tinkering around with the genetics of our food and filling our bodies with their poison in a pill bottle is actually what is causing so many fowl issues for our people. Before the 2000’s how many people did you know that were allergic to everything they are now? Before the 80’s when the science for genetically modifying seeds and crops wasn’t even a common thing.. what have we done to ourselves? I think the comment about sucking it up and living your life is awful. BUT, I do need to say we need to stop toying with the genetics of our foods, they need to held in account for not following pesticide and herbacide guidelines, stop poisoning our people. These problems, these terrifying life altering problems wouldn’t be in such high numbers if they weren’t experimenting on us. Other countries don’t have these problems because other counties don’t own and control their citizens like the United states does. If you think you are free think again, open your eyes. We are the only ones who can change what is happening to us. In terms of life, the proof is in the pudding my friends.

Reading things like this makes me absolutely SICK. As a restaurant owner of all people..I wish I knew where you worked so I could NEVER GO THERE, ever! Being diagnosed with Hashimotos, Lyme disease, and every organ problem you can imagine, all at 18 years old is extremely difficult. It turned my life upside-down. However, people like me with autoimmune diseases find healing through avoiding foods we are sensitive to. I was practically bedridden my entire life because doctors told me I was “fine,” as I’m sure most of you autoimmune sufferers are familiar with. But giving up harmful foods completely changed me life. I’m sure if you gave up gluten, grains, and dairy..you wouldn’t be so angry yourself Deborah 😉

dear deborah, good for you if people were less like you I may have had some help 12 months ago! I’ve been sick, lost 8kg’s and have a weird anxiety about food poisoning. I don’t eat a lot of wheat because I get lethargic after it so I eat rye and a lot of potato. I have had tests and scans for lymphoma, endometriosis, lung shadows etc. Only the homeopath kept me going but even he said I was a tough case, then a couple of weeks ago I noticed my stomach spasm and I got really irritable after eating a packet of potato chips. All the symptoms match it a shame not more people are informed, so far i have cut out potato and tomato and starting to feel better. The french may eat more traditional food since they live in their native land. Allergies are large in places like Australia because we are so multicultural we may be eating a lot of foods that are not native to our genetic origins, as some of us may actually be unaware of where our ancestors came from. As if we don’t want to eat whatever we can and live life, you are very ignorant.

A very ignorant and selfish comment. And how, in today’s world, do you define such a cliche as a ‘balanced diet’?

Debra… (& any other doubters…)

What you may not be aware of is the dramatic rise in ALL forms of allergies, & reactions to foods since the introduction of GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS (GMOs)… ESPECIALLY in CHILDREN!

90-95% of all Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, & Sugar Beets are GM’d… as well as a lesser degree of Alfalfa, Hawaiian Papaya, Zuchini, & Yellow Crookneck Squash.

In addition to the “standard” GM to resist Monsanto’s HIGHLY TOXIC “Roundup Herbicide” (or Dow, Sygenta, Pioneer, etc’s versions of pesticides) their CORN packs a double-whammy… Bt Toxin… a pesticide built into every cell of the corn plant that is designed to cause the stomachs of the “Corn Root Worm” & any other bug that eats it to EXPLODE…

This Bt Toxin has been linked to “Leaky Gut Syndrome”… whereby food particles leak out of our intestines via microscopic perforations & are seen as “invaders”… triggering an IMMUNE REACTION & eventual Sensitivity – or full blown Allergy.

And… virtually ALL MEAT & DAIRY is GM since most all animals are fed GM crops (Corn, Soy, Alfalfa, etc..) instead of being “grass fed”.

GE/GM foods have been linked to DRAMATIC RISES in ADD/ADHD, Austism, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, & a host of Autoimmune diseases… among others.

After 38 yrs as a FULL VEGAN with a VERY HEALTHY DIET (so I thought) & 50 yrs of eating whole wheat bread & grains, I suddenly started having a lot of stomach problems around 2006-2007, that I initially attributed to beans/lentils, etc… but even dropping them from my diet didn’t help… till I learned about GMOs & Gluten Sensitivity issues in 2010… via the videos “Farm Inc”, “The World According to Monsanto”, & especially GMO expert Jeffrey Smith’s “Genetic Roullette” (find them on YouTube) as well as many other videos & hundreds of articles & health webinars I’ve downloaded & watched since).

Since dropping ALL GMO FOODS, as well as ALL Gluten Grains (breads, crackers, rice, chips), packed/canned foods, sugars, etc… & going fully RAW VEGAN 4+ yrs ago… problems are gone!

What you may not know is that Europe & most of the rest of the world never fully adopted GMO crops, & very quickly REQUIRED that ALL GMO foods be labeled… whereby their people were SMART ENOUGH to REFUSE to BUY/EAT them & they fairly quickly lost their foodthold.

Over the last yrs ~69 countries have either severe restrictions on them or BANNED them altogether… so that may be why you never heard of “Food Allergies” during your stay in France.

Unfortunately, there are currently over 200 GE food crops, as well as animals… GE salmon is already being produced, but not yet “Legal” for sale… but the FDA is ready to approve it!

We have the Best Congress, FDA, USDA, EPA. etc… Money Can Buy…. so Monsanto & friends have done a VERY GOOD job of HIDING the fact that our main food crops are Genetically Engineered… & NOT LABELED… DESPITE OUR YEARS of PROTESTS!

It doesn’t help that Monsanto’s former Legal Council & later VP is the FDA’s “Food Safety Czar”… along with over a dozen other Monsanto employees in various KEY Government Food/Agriculture positions (Guess how they feel about GMOs? Can you say “AUTOMATIC STAMP of APPROVAL” with ABSOLUTELY NO FDA/USDA TESTING WHATSOEVER?!!)

So… PLEASE GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE & DO SOME REAL RESEARCH… before condemning others!

Now, just realizing that Nightshades maybe part of what’s aggravating my multiple back injuries (from bike accidents & falls over the years) I’m going to see if dropping these helps also.

Thank you very much for educating me further on this subject. I wont go into my own personal issues at this time but I removed wheat and corn and milk from my diet since I was a teen. The only grain I eat is quinoa and little rice. I have been removing the nightshades recenttly since my body aches when I eat them. Do you mind if I post this on FB? It may help many people to understand what the heck is going on and why we are sick.
Also, I hope the person who wrote the original comment and sparked this discussion can understand that food quality is better in Eurpoe. Sadly our food is making us sick and killing us.

I have been bashed several times by people in a lot worse shape than me for trying to manage what ails me by diet first. Trust me, no one wants to blend in and “get over it” more than me. Doing what we do can be isolating at times. I certainly don’t do it to be part of the “in crowd”. I have to listen to my body and watch what is put into it, it’s the difference between being able to be a contributing member of society or not. I struggle enough with feeling like I am a bother when I go out to a restaurant. Thank you for forever ruining that experience for me and making me feel like I have to choose my health or your feelings. Please respect us all by posting where you work and your cookbook.

Nah, see you have to be neurotic about ever last bite these days. Forget about a balanced diet and taking it easy: SCRUTINIZE LITERALLY EVERYTHING IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND NEVER UNCLENCH YOUR BUTT.

But seriously, I totally feel you bro. These people are going to overanalyze themselves to a heart attack.

I would just like to point out that no matter how much proof, research, or experience another person claims, it doesn’t mean it will change her (Deborah) attitude. People seem to be so offended so easily about someone else’s opinion. I am fully aware we are all entitled to our own opinion and ideas, but her comment has some sense. If you’ve never met anyone with these kind of allergies, then it’s going to be difficult to imagine it happens in real life. My comment goes against what I am trying to say, but hopefully the next person to comment can focus on providing constructive feedback to the author of the article. Or perhaps provide an example of how this diet helped them WITHOUT pointing fingers and shaming another.

It has been my attempt to hopefully bring to attention the criticism people face online even though they share an opinion, not facts, just an opinion. We can all get along right? That way we can all be friends and share delicious healthy recipes haha

WOW!! Deborah I take it you don’t have an autoimmune disease? I hope you are never unfortunate enough to be inflicted with one! Your comment is ignorant and offensive, apology in advance or not.

Glad you are healthy, and perhaps that’s why you can’t understand the constant struggles of those who aren’t and are forced to try and manage their health with their diet, rather than taking copious amounts of pills that our Drs prescribe.

Seriously if I could just ‘wake up and decide to feel good’ I would!! I am 35 and I watch my friends live lives full of vitality and fun. Two years ago I was the fittest and healthiest and happiest I had been in years, then my body decided to throw some curve balls and I am back where I started. Everyday is a constant struggle.

Be grateful that you are healthy and can obviously just eat a ‘balanced diet’ whatever that is. It would be nice if you could try and have some compassion and understanding for those that aren’t as lucky as you. I hope you never have to learn the hard way what it is like to be one of us who can’t just eat what we like.

Oh shit, why didn’t we think of that? Just decide to feel good!

In the USA, sociopaths are taking over food and poisoning us with GMOs. We are being sprayed with chemicals containing heavy metals to weaken us and weaken our offspring more. This is not some conspiracy theory – it’s reality.

Thanks for sitting back and judging people from the outside. Don’t worry – if you live here in the USA you will be one of us soon enough. Sickly. You’ll be lucky if it’s treatable by changing your diet.

I really think that maybe possibly there’s more to it than just allergies and sensitivities. I think it has more to do with the chemicals we apray and inject into everything!!! No one else does this anywhere else in the world and this is why they don’t have the health problems at an alarming rate…cancers, arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, allergies, and kids with these serious autoimmune diseases and severe allergies, asthma at alarming rates in kids.., just all of it…really it’s not too hard to figure out it’s not the food, rather the things we do to the foods that cause the problems. I can attest that the veggies and fruits I grow in my backyard not only taste better than store bought, they look better, and they do NOT cause the same ailments that all those chemical ridden buggers at the super market. Bell peppers and cucumbers don’t even taste the same AT ALL. and then, on top of it, we cook them in a genetically modified oil, chemically synthesized spray or spread or an animal fat…changing the complete molecular make up of the food entirely…I know eating a plain baked potato certainly doesn’t wreak the same havoc on my stomach as fried potatoes do!!! It doesn’t take a phd to figure out why other cultures do not suffer in the many ways that we all do….and it’s NOT just in our heads!!!!

When I see “balanced diet” or “whole foods” with no further detail and when positioned as a counterargument or alternative to paleo concepts, I wonder where people found those words and what they think it means. I wonder if they even took the time to think of meaning. However, I have no doubt they don’t really understand what they are even arguing against.

I think it’s because their food in France might be from fresh, organic sources, without chemicals. When I was staying with friends in Puerto Rico, vegetables & herbs were taken fresh from their gardens minutes before cooking. Chickens were slaughtered as needed from the “chicken man” that were free range. They purchased rice & dried beans from the store altho some ate fresh beans. I suspect that in France it’s the same or they buy fresh foods everyday at the market.

Thank you!!!! I have been dealing with a severe nightshade allergy for years and it’s so difficult to find accurate information. I had no idea ashwaganda was a nightshade! I had also read that okra is a nightshade. There is so little information and even less understanding of this allergy. I appreciate all the help I can get!

To Deborah Scarborough,
I seriously wish I could “get over” myself and be eating all the wonderful foods I am sure you are cooking in your restaurant! Unfortunately my body will not allow it and my autoimmune heart disease keeps getting worse if I ignore the food allergies that the doctors have tested me for and don’t eliminate those foods from my diet to heal my stomach because my immune system has gone crazy. It isn’t easy for someone like me to make the tough decision of having to live this way, I love food! All different types of foods! But I am just turning 41, I am not over weight, I was “healthy” or so I thought, and happy before this disease came out of nowhere a year ago! For a year now I have been battling this autoimmune issue, which 90% of Americans are battling inflammation or an autoimmune disease…..why not the French you ask well it’s our American way of eating, mainly a grain diet and processed foods! 80% of your body’s immune system begins in your gut! 80%! So eat an unhealthy GMO grain based and processed food diet for many, many years (which your government tells you is safe and healthy!), add in the environmental factors of what people put on their skin every day and you have a nation facing an epidemic of autoimmune disease!
It’s not pretty, and by telling people to “just get over themselves” is absurd and horrible when these people have no control over their health and the issues facing them other than having to make the gigantic decision of having to totally turn their lives upside down by changing their lifestyles, and diets to foods that can heal their gut!

Bravo. You are so right. I have an autoimmune disease as well (Hashimoto) that came out of nowhere. Our government doesn’t protect the American people because the company that provides the GMO foods contributes lots of funding to the Government. makes you wonder why a company that developed Agent Orange and Roundup is allowed to tamper with our food supply. At least in Europe the government does care about the food people are eating and a lot of other countries have banned GMO foods.

Tanya, Thank you well said! i also have a autoimmune disease. i cannot touch wheat products or Nightshades. It is total agony when you when you accident do have either products,
I am actually struggling to know what to cook myself on a daily basis.

Thank you Tanya, I wholeheartedly agree with you. The government has done this, and we’ve allowed it year after year. The upcoming presidential elections are going to either make out break us. Hillary Clinton has already sided with and backed Mansanto and Big Ag, she is going to push for an entirely GMO based crop, nationwide. This will destroy our country. We don’t know what these crops are doing to our soils, but they are already creating super weeds and super bugs that are evolving far faster than ever before to combat the over use of pesticides and herbacide. Trace amounts of these chemicals are found in our every day fruits and veggies purchased at places like Walmart and Kroger. These chemicals are ladden with toxic salts, heavy metals and cell-disruptive chemicals. These are the reasons our country is so unhealthy…… :(

You know, Americans are the only ones who seem to be preoccupied with evil foods. Everyone else on the planet seem to live to ripe old ages eating ALL of the things on this list. Oh, but I forgot, Americans are self-absorbed physio-phobes who are afraid to eat the diets that allowed their ancestors to live into their 90s. My bad.

There’s probably some legitimate reason for this, Sheri… maybe our food is different, water quality, air quality, household chemicals, clothing, building materials, prescription medications, etc… I’m sure there are even more aspects to consider than just what I listed here. So let’s try to see the bigger picture here. Maybe Americans are preoccupied with allergenic foods because we are quite ill already and must be careful about what we eat nowadays. People of other countries might be far luckier in the physical environments they were born into, and perhaps could stop judging what they have not personally experienced.

This x 100000000. Exactly. They don’t eat the s— they sell us here in America. Their water isn’t all filled with fluoride and toxins. The food they eat isn’t GMO what, MSG, soy isolate, and corn syrup packaged in a hundred different ways.

I grew up in the US, but now live in the UK and I can assure that this is not just an American thing – it’s a people thing.

I live in Australia and have an extremely limited diet due to IBS and migraines. I know many people here who are on limited diets due to various health reasons. It doesn’t only happen in America. It may not be so prevalent in Europe, but I’m sure there are many people there who have similar issues.

I’ve found that Italian cooks are wonderful at providing alternatives to wheat (gluten-containing) pasta, as they have recognized that worldwide, many people have celiac disease (1% translates to plenty of us with biopsy-proven intestinal dysfunction). Perhaps just as many people in France have the “American” issues of fibromyalgia, migraines, and nervous disorders exacerbated by “nightshades” (foods containing alkaloids)…but are a bit “classier” than the rest of us by not talking about it, so much. I know I have lots to learn from Europeans, but it’s hard being quiet about something that hurts so much and is so easily solved by what we in the USA call “clean eating.” Also, I think Americans have a tendency, once we’ve discovered something helpful…to shout it from the mountaintops, so that others (of our little percentile of the population) may enjoy healing, too!!! By the way, I LOVE “toutes les choses Francaises,” most especially their beautiful lifestyles and attitudes toward preparing fresh and nutritious food. Truly a superb culture are the French!

Thanks for the article it was very well written and informative. The comment about Americans was a little misguided I understand the comment but our food is just not the same here as in other countries. Most countries have outlawed the things sitting on our shelves in most grocery stores. Much love to everyone trying to take responsibility for their own health.

I couldn’t imagine not eating and loving almost everything on your list. I grow most of it and take supplements for some of them. There are so many health benefits to several things on that list. I am in great health and have never suffered from any inflammation or anything else from eating them. I would have liked you to have listed real medical studies stating your claims.

One might check out the action of the alkaloids (present in this list of “nightshades”) in the human body. Similarly to gluten ingredients, these only affect a small percentage of the population. So…so happy for you that you can eat “almost everything on the list.” You are blessed. Now, you ALL be nice to the tiny percentile of us who have these particular food allergies. Our tummies hurt, and other things, too, as we react to these foods. To do otherwise is not fair! And, by the way, I eat a VERY colorful, healthful and nutritious diet. (You should see all the recipes I am collecting, including mouth-watering baked treats). Just made with different flour, not wheat. Many of us do, as we’ve been squeezed to do so, and our creativity comes to the forefront!!!

I am 28 years old and was diagnosed as being nightshade sensitive almost 2 yrs ago. Ever since I can remember, it was common for me to vomit regularly. Also since falling down steps when I was 19 and having a car accident when I was 25, the pain in my body was intense. I went through the medical route, without success. So I went to a kinesiologist in Ohio. That visit changed my life. I cut out nightshades from my diet and immediately noticed a drastic reduction of pain and inflammation. I cut out alcohol and energy drinks (most of the time), so now it is rare for me to vomit. I have degenerative arthritis that is twisting my spine and whip lash from my accident, so I am always in pain. However, it is manageable pain. On Monday, I accidentally ate a wrap that had peppers in it. I didn’t realize it until it was too late. For five days it hurt to do the simplest things (i.e. lift a finger, arm, or my head). My body twitched all day Tuesday, my nerves were on fire, and I through up. Now my intention posting this was not to complain, but to show sympathy for those who have the same, or worse, problems than me. Nightshade sensitivity is like a mental illness or other disorders in that you don’t chose to get it. It just happens. For people to callously say to “snap out of it” is very infuriating and rude. Some people can eat anything they want, and hurrah for them. Those of us who can’t don’t need to be made to feel like freaks or lab specimens.

Thank you!! Yes I believe that for those of us HAVING DIFFICULTIES, these types of articles are important for education and consideration. Americans may talk a big talk about food, but trust when I say that other cultures make it a common understanding. The reason, in my opinion of course, why it sounds like we are always preaching about food is because the idea does not get across to our culture. Other cultures may say it here and there but the response is more familiar and balanced. Some people try to eat vegan or dairy-free, even wheat free to eliminate inflammation. For instance I have inflammation to an extreme in my body that causes liver cirrhosis and ulcers in my colon, both diagnosed auto-immune diseases. The linking factor being inflammation to the point of needing steroids, colonoscopies (I’m in my 20s and a healthy weight) and consideration from doctors about liver transplant. If understanding how nature and plants grow and finding the right balance for each individual body can lighten the load, I think it’s well worth it. Plus, what harm would it do to go off these foods for one week and discover if you function better? Keep an open mind, and thank you for the article!

4 myths about nightshade vegetables
Some popular diets suggest avoiding eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. They’re wrong!
By Rhea Seymour

Sometimes even vegetables get a bad rap. Take the nightshade vegetables or Solanaceae, a plant family that includes eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.(The term “nightshade” may have been coined because some of these plants prefer to grow in shady areas, and some flower at night.) An online search of “nightshade vegetables” yields results linking them to a host of health ailments from arthritis to migraines. Naturo¬paths sometimes recommend that people with arthritis avoid nightshades. And Patricia J. Wales, a naturopathic doctor in Calgary, says naturopaths may suggest that people with osteoarthritis eliminate nightshades. These vegetables are also excluded from certain eating plans. Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox—endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss—claims nightshades are related to poison ivy and potentially poisonous. “But poison ivy isn’t even in the same plant family,” explains Barry Micallef, a plant biochemistry expert at the University of Guelph.
Why the bad reputation? Some people may think nightshade vegetables are harmful because they’re confusing them with “deadly nightshade” or Atrope belladonna, an inedible weed that’s also part of the Solanaceae family, explains Micallef. Historically, the deadly nightshade has been associated with witchcraft. When ingested in large amounts, it may cause convulsions or even death. But that has nothing to do with these vegetables. Here, we bust four other myths:
1. Do nightshades contribute to osteo¬porosis?
Doubtful. Certain macrobiotic diets recommend that people with health challenges avoid nightshade vegetables and that even healthy people should eat them infrequently, says Judy MacKenney, a counsellor at the Kushi Institute, a macrobiotic edu¬cational institute in Becket, Mass. “Nightshades are high in oxalic acid,” she claims, “which inhibits the absorption of calcium, and can weaken bones and lead to osteoporosis.” But Stephanie Atkinson, a member of the scientific advisory committee for Osteoporosis Canada, says that while oxalates are known to bind calcium in the intestine, reducing calcium absorption, this occurs only when calcium intakes are very low and oxalate intakes very high. Nightshades, however, are not high in oxalic acid, she says. “The alkali contributed by vege¬tables and fruits is bene¬ficial for bones as it protects them from using bone to neutralize blood acid.”
2. Do they all contain a toxic alkaloid?
No. Many alternative medi¬cine websites allege that nightshade vegetables contain a toxic alkaloid compound called solanine, a defence mechanism in some Solanaceae plants that protects against natural threats such as insects. It’s true that solanine may develop in potatoes, which turn green when they are exposed to light during growth, says Micallef. (That’s why potatoes with green areas should be discarded.)
Contrary to the rumours, however, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes—even the green ones—do not produce solanine and are perfectly safe to eat, he says.
3. Do nightshade vegetables worsen arthritis pain?
Doubtful. Much of the online dis¬cussion concerns nightshades and arthritis, and the notion that eating these vegetables causes an increase in pain or inflammation. But no scientific evidence supports that theory. “I’m not aware of any studies in peer-reviewed journals that prove or disprove that they affect arthritis,” says arthritis expert Mark Erwin, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Toronto. “There are a lot of references to it, but the evidence is mostly anecdotal.” There’s also no scientific reason to avoid nightshades even if you have arth¬ritis, says Pamela Piotrowski, a registered dietitian at the Arthritis Society of Ontario. “Many people have food intolerances. If you start to feel achy every time you eat tomatoes, then maybe, for you, tomatoes are a contributing factor.” But even if your symptoms disappear after eliminating tomatoes, it would be hard to pinpoint that as the cause since many factors can affect arthritis.
4. Do they cause migraines?
No. Linking nightshades to migraines is also without merit, according to Dr. Jonathan Gladstone, director of the Gladstone Headache Clinic and director of neurology at Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto. “I am certain that headache experts internationally would be in agreement that there is no evidence that tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes cause migraines,” he says.

The health benefits of nightshades “far outweigh any risks,” says Piotrowski. Tomatoes and peppers are amazing sources of antioxidants that lower the risk of cancer and heart disease; potatoes are high in vitamin C; and eggplant is a source of vitamin K. All are high in fibre. If you do want to elimin¬ate them, make sure you get this nutritional value from other foods.
This article was originally titled “Four myths about ‘nightshade’ vegetables,” in the September 2009 issue of Best Health.

I would like to comment that Ashwaganda actually does not contain solanine, the poisonous glycoalkaloid that protects the plant, according to this database and research on the chemical components in the plant. http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/
Botany is a little more complicated than just looking at the family of species. Ashwaganda, also called Withania somnifera is a beneficial herbal extract found in many supplements to help with stress and balancing the adrenal axis.
Please do research and consider taking that off your list if you feel the research supports my findings.

We have become so aware of our own dietary needs that we can often loose sight of the value of food as a social connection.
No one has to eat something they don’t want to eat. But the smoothest way to decline, and to keep everyone’s dinner conversation off the subject of your gastrointestinal health, is a simple, “No thank you. ” Just, ” No thank you.” We have forgoton, “No thank you.”
I have allergies, and I am a restaurant owner. And yes the French have allergies as well. The difference? Perhaps if they can’t eat the eggplant they order the sqauash. Honestly, The server, other diners, and likely your companions, do not need a list of the symptoms that could stay between you and your clinician.
Of course, I have no issue with the ordinary, discreet, “I’m on a special diet, can I ask if that has paprika?”
It’s the overblown production, the whining, the huffing, and the full medical disclosure, that could simply be expressed thusly, ” And could you hold the tomatoes?”
Restaurants and gatherings are cultural spaces, where we can show off the the best of ourselves, and enjoy our lives with other humans. We have our own beautiful places to meet here, not just in France. Perhaps they can stay warm, gracious, and entertaining, if, heaven forbid, we order what we can enjoy, and let the hives and gas infomercial rest for a night. Imagine if this author had politely said, “No thank you” to beef jerky. We wouldn’t have had this lovely descriptive artical to enjoy.
I believe that was what was meant by “get over yourselves,” and indeed, I concur.

The “Get over yourselves” comment and its supporters should come along to my household for one meal, and can experience what the consequences of “Getting over yourself” would mean to someone whose body can detect the slightest touch of ‘spices’ (paprika), or Tomatoes, or even the humble potato (especially anything containing it’s starch – just find 10 items in your supermarket that are pre-prepared that DONT contain this starch – good luck, enjoy the hours reading immeasurably small ingredients list in everything from frying oil to fully fledged meals).
The meal I will cook for you all might go down well, we might even get on (doubtful, you seem inconsiderate asses tbh), but then you can sit and wait under 5 minutes, you can experience the consequence of these ‘fake illnesses’ (as you heavily imply). Bring a mop, a change of clothes and probably your shower kit. You will get to witness something truly amazing – you can witness first-hand the expulsion of the entire gut and bowels from a serious and violent reaction to such little things, like the humble potato or tomato or spices like paprika. You can then spend the next couple of hours nursing and caring for someone as you witness before your very eyes and in real-time, hives and blotches appear all over the body as after effects (the main event goes with a serious explosion that is akin to volcanic fire!). You and your superbly accommodating and friendly attitudes will certainly change forever by being exposed to this event (or covered in it).
My partner has had some sorts of reactions in a very mild and almost undetectable form for what must have been many years, but then, one single meal whilst on holiday triggered a change so formidable that it has left them consulting doctors and poison experts for years whilst trying to identify the causes. They eventually turned out to be useless so back to the drawing board, before an allergy test changed our history and significantly changed the future. Each time we came close to discovering what it was we were hacked down at the knees when an unrelated food item caused the same reaction. After all, why can freshly cooked potatoes offer almost no reaction (in the early days), but frozen ones so violent that there was no time to even get out of the seat before the expulsion was complete. Who would (without knowledge of plant genus) put Parika, Potato, or Gojo berries in the same family? Today, with my analytical skills managing to help identify this is a quantity based reaction, that spans 7-10 days and half life of foods needing to be taken into account my partner can occasionally enjoy the simple foods you so clearly enjoy and promote. Any article or publication highlighting the ‘Nightshade’ intolerance or allergy substances makes life normal again, with simple exclusions of specific poisonous food.
Lets not forget the tomato originally believed to be poisonous and is from South/Central America – as is potato and Paprika (all forms) it may be that some people whom are genetically from outside of this geographical area have some form of reaction to these foods. Then when you realise that the entire(I believe) Solanaceae family originates from South, Central and to some degree North America and are today grown and eaten world-wide you start to realise that this family of foods might simply not be genetically acceptable by some people from other regions. Maybe this is why the ‘Americans moan a lot’ about allergies – maybe it is because they are genetically foreign in the land this stuff grows and is clearly consumed in – maybe they are not moaners, but early detectors of foods that are unacceptable to their bodies due to no genetic pre-disposition.
I know from my own research into various allergy and intolerance works and studies that there has been some muttering amongst scientists that has led them to start looking at the introduction of antibiotics and the rise of various aliments (including Autism and all sorts). Time will tell, it may be that ‘westerners’ whom have been living with antibiotics for more than half a century are more prone to suffer some of these ‘fake illnesses and allergies’. Lets see what science has to say in the coming decades.
Maybe our chefs and cooks should stop bitching at people whom have allergies, maybe they should look at their ingredients and question their origins and maybe try to see that these species of foods from far away lands may have some genetic intolerance to the locals….Just a thought. Nahh you wont bother, you are too up your own a***s. Speaking of asses, when are you coming round for a bite to eat, I am sure my partner will indulge in one single tomato for dinner and enlighten you to intolerances (in both senses) – we are accommodating like that!

A reaction like that can be entertaining for some people. :-) I accidentally ate a nightshade about a year ago. We were in the car. After about 10 minutes, I said to my uncle, “Pull over NOW!!!” I then proceeded to vomit in someone’s driveway. My friend Mike was amused and still teases me about not being able to “throw up gracefully.”

Hey there, im a south african and here we are taught not to be fussy as children. Now in my adult life i have no other choice but to be ‘fussy’. At the age of 31 ive been suffering from severe hidradentitus superativa since i was 17. In all those years doctors and dermatologists have told me its my body’s way of saying its being poisoned. Not only is this a heriditary disease, it severely affects the quality of my life. So i went to see a naturopath who did a few allergy tests on me and guess what… Im allergic to nightshades and have an intollerance to gluten. Since my diagnosis ive cut out these foods as much as i can and not once have i had a flare up of my condition. So to those ignorant enough to dispel the idea of an allergy to nightshades and gluten may for all the love and painfree living in the world feel free to jumpoff a bridge. If one day i am blessed enough to have children ill definately teach them to avoid toxic food

I’m single, so I don’t have to worry about having kids, but the thought about having kids worries me. You see, my dad is also nightshade sensitive, but I’m worse. So my thought is, if I would ever like to have children, would it be unfair to shackle them with the pain and need to be ever vigilant not to eat something that will cause so many reactions?

Please don’t be afraid to have children. My daughter has three awesome little ones. I posted today, and you can read it if you scroll down. My five year old grandson can no longer have anything with red food dye. When his parents explained to him that he would have to do this, he was okay with it. My daughter took him to the health food store to let him pick out foods to replace others that he enjoyed. I think he thought it was great that he was able to pick out the special things for himself. We are all reading labels these days. My sister found out a few years ago that she can’t have ANYTHING with soy. She was having her hair styled when she told the stylist that she didn’t feel well. She passed out, there was a $3,000 ambulance bill to the hospital about a mile away and tests. When there is a family gathering, she often brings her own foods and we all check labels to enable her to share the goodies. If you just offer and teach your children the right foods to eat from day one, they will be fine with that. My grandchildren love to eat everything, other than red food dye. My daughter said that her son is a happier little boy and no longer has night terrors. Good luck in your future.

Hi,
I am wondering if and where beetroots fit in the autoimmune protocol? I seem to have trouble with them and was wondering if they were a nightshade or if they have some other common reaction in people?
Thanks in advance,
Annwen

I am discovering that I have sensitivities to certain things (sugar is a biggie, and I am lactose intolerant).
I do not eat enough nightshades to know if I have this issue….BUT, I would like to suggest to those who suffer from autoimmune conditions ( I once had ulcerative colitis) to look at the website digestaqure.com. I followed this regimen and ended up CURING my ulcerative colitis. Digestaqure is a natural cure for auto-immune conditions – see for yourself. I also use Zyflamend to prevent inflammation – I take 2 a day, and am now on a maintenance dose of Digestaqure. This was the treatment I chose for myself after my gastronenterologist said that I would have to take Apriso for the rest of my life, and that I would have to give blood periodically to be sure that the drug was not harming my kidneys. I feel great and eat sensibly. I am beginning to think that tomatoes (which I think is the only nightshade I eat) may be a red flag food for me, so I may be eliminating that. I hope some of the information I have shared can help someone. Thanks for the information shared here.

I first gave up all dairy (even “non-dairy” creamer) and can tuna due to them using caseine. Huge difference in health. No more migraines, lowerback pains, stick neck, joint pains and sharp groin pains. I started avoiding more processed foods processed foods like oils, mayo, wheat, spices, etc. And went further to remove potatoes (due to sugar spikes) and tomotoes (because I didn’t feel normal after eating it). I’m doing a lot better and lab tests prove it.

stop arguing about me and my friend potato..ect. we dont want yall to eat us anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When you say autoimmune are you talking about hiv/aids? Or what? That’s what comes to mind. Agreed I think a lot of this is in people’s heads. No one eats or lives exclusively non-toxic so I don’t see how people can be so specific as to causes. Our environments are also toxic. I also think as biological creatures we are going to be subject to aches, pains, infections, reactions in the same way plants and animals live with infection, parasites, etc etc. their whole existence really. Get over it already! We’re humans. We’re not that special that we deserve to be biologically perfect after screwing up this world in the way we have.

Taya: Autoimmune diseases are all diseases that attack your own human body. Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lupus, Arthritis just to name a tiny few. It has nothing to do with getting over it or a few aches and pains. These are diseases that usually will eventually end your life. Most people in pain just want the pain to stop. It’s like having a toothache or earache that won’t quit. A person will do anything to stop the pain even avoid great tasting food that we all love. Sometimes we make these sacrifices just to wake up another day without pain.

Does anyone know where I can find a list that also contains inedible nightshades? I’ve been Googling around, but I can only find lists of nightshades that people actually eat.

Food allergies aren’t suddenly “en vogue”, you’re ignorance is alarming. Maybe in Europe they don’t have such horrible chemicals, pesticides, additives, etc in their food! Instead of starting fights with those suffering maybe you could take your “annoyance” with us and channel it into some activism for better practices regarding food in our country!

Sorry about the “you’re”, I changed my anger-filled “you’re and idiot!” To something a bit more calm and forgot to change to “your”. Oops!

Two months ago I was diagnosed with MS. In my favorite magazine, Woman’s World, there was an article that mentioned the Paleo lifestyle. I read the article, checked the books out of the library. Since March 9, 2015, I cut dairy, grains, sugar and all processed foods out of my life. I have also been taking certain supplements. In this short time, I have gone from barely being able to walk to noticably walking better in that short time. Others have also commented on the difference they see. My knees are actually bending a little today. I notice every little improvement in my health. And no, it is not because I am on prescription drugs for MS. I have chosen to take care of myself naturally. The neurologist told me that if I’m not going to follow his treatment plan, then I don’t need to come back. I cancelled my scheduled appointment. I miss my tomatoes and green peppers, but I am going to do whatever I need to, to be able to walk like a normal person and be able to take my grandchildren for a walk in the stroller or to the park. I have had some people tell me to take the drugs. I read the possible side effects. Three of the four mention that the doctor would have to monitor my liver. Great, I have MS and then I could possible end up with liver damage. No thank you. I know someone with MS. He takes self injections. He is currently off his medication because his liver counts are off. I have friends and relatives who have been diagnosed with sensitivities to certain foods, i.e. red food dye, soy, nuts, dairy, gluten. My five year old grandson can no longer have red food dye. EVERYONE has come on board to help him. My daughter takes him to the natural food store to replace some of his favorite foods. He is fine and happy. No complaints at all. What a special little boy! He recently went to a birthday party. The party host made sure that whatever was served was food that he could eat so that he wasn’t left out of anything. That’s love and caring. He didn’t get candy for Easter. He got Legos. Couldn’t find a happier little boy. I still have a long way to go to put more variety in my diet, but I am only two months into my diagnosis and food lifestyle change. I have more energy too. I realize that I may never be able to walk 12 miles a day again, but I will be happy to be able to walk through the grocery store without leaning on the cart or dragging my feet just to be able to get the necessities. So yes, there are people with food sensitivities. I have six just in my family. We are all going to do what is best for all of us. So I appreciate the people who support people like me. My food lifestyle change is also helping me with my osteoarthritis. I have a long way to go in life. I am 57, my Mom is almost 97.

Question for you – does having a nightshade in a body lotion have an effect on your system? I just got some lovely lotion that has goji berry extract, of all things. It’s probably a minute quantity, but I didn’t know if it would matter topically, as compared to ingesting.

The reason other countries don’t have the problems we have is because their countries don’t mess with Nature. They don’t have frankenveggies, or bees dying by the millions because of this. Or cows, (all meat for that matter) filled with big pharmacy drugs. I have a friend of mine that lived in the UK for 2 years because her husband got a job there. Her whole family thrived while living there. When she moved back home they ate the same things, but her children started reacting horribly to “normal” foods. It’s not ALL the food it’s a much bigger picture than that. It’s definitely a major issue. I have friends that were raised on Dairy farms. (Raw dairy products) But now they can’t tolerate store bought dairy. Don’t blame the people. Blame your congressmen, & representatives….

Thank you! That was my first thought exactly. A lot of other countries don’t allow the massive saturation of pesticides that the US does. Over the years we have all built up such massive amounts of this in our bodies that our bodies are finally screaming out to let us know “SOMETHING IS WRONG”.

I have a reaction to nightshades, but have a question regarding topical products. Indian gooseberry, or amla, is used as indigo with henna/hair coloring. If I have a digestive reaction would it still be safe to use to color hair?

Deborah,

After reading this article I get to your comment. I am beyond upset. Do you have some magical powers we all don’t know about. Asking someone to just live carefree and ignore the foods that make them physically sick is beyond disgusting. That’s like telling someone that has cancer to ignore the medication/treatment and think yourself to a cancer free life. If you are so concerned about your bottom line within your business, adapt. Before 2012 I could eat,drink and be merry to my hearts content. But then I became pregnant with my 3rd child and I developed an autoimmune disease. I was in the hospital every other work for at least 3 days (depending on how quickly I could get through my IVG treatments) for 6 months. That was only the physical part. That didn’t include the hospital bills totaling over a million dollars, but that might be in my head too. Right? Here it is a little over 2 years later and I am still fighting to feel healthy. I didn’t complain because I believed it was in my head between me being diagnosed and the treatments and nearly dying at child birth it was a bit traumatic. I didn’t want to go through anything further. and I still don’t. But my change in diet is necessary for the aches and pains to go away. The same aches and pains that are present regardless of the medications and excercise I do. Why don’t you open a book or better yet read up on my autoimmune disease (ITP)

Get educated before you go assuming everyone is a head case. Ignorance is bliss in your case but doesn’t mean I have to tolerate it.

My solution to chronic hay fever, asthma, and IBS was to GO VEGAN, which is the best choice I’ve made my entire life. After going vegan I became aware of exactly what I was putting into my body, which has led me to only include real, whole foods with the best nutritional value. I became in tune with my body and what food made me FEEL good instead of what I THOUGHT tasted good. I realized my body reacted strongly to high amounts of sugar and starch, therefore I’ve eliminated some fruits with high sugar content as well as potatoes (except sweet potatoes). This may be a temporary or permanent solution, but as for now I don’t care. All I know is they didn’t make me feel my best, and I deserve to feel my best. We all do.

The amount of chemicals, hormones, and pesticides in the standard American diet has had horrendous effects on our physical and mental health. Corporate greed has infiltrated our culture, force feeding us lies about nutrition with no regard to its effect on our health or the environment. But the truth is, corporations don’t run the show, consumers do. I believe in my optimistic heart that we are reaching a tipping point where more people are finding out what goes on “behind the scenes”. And it ain’t pretty. Consumers are therefore choosing healthier alternatives, which will put pressure on corporations to either change or lose precious profit. Americans are buying less meat and dairy, and that’s a fact.

In regards to the Paleo Diet, I applaud people who have made this change. However, I find a vegan diet works best for me and I encourage others to try to for a week or two and see for yourselves. In my first quest for a more nutritional diet, I went dairy free, still including organic meat as a big part of my diet. After a few weeks I began to have a strong distaste for meat in general . It started to remind me of lifeless rubber, sitting next to my beautiful vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. It just did not belong. After eliminating meat I feel lighter and my asthma is improving everyday. Soon after I began researching the meat and dairy industry, where I came to know the horrendous way that animals are treated, even the organic farms, free range, cage free, grass fed, and local farms. It’s just not necessary to kill animals to use as food when there are healthier alternatives to get proper protein that do not involve ending a life.

The enviromental effects of the nest and industry and disasterous as well, which if researched, should create an alarm among all of us (i.e. greenhouse emissions, water waste, and pollution ). These facts are not shown in the media as its not in the best interest of the billion dollar meat and dairy industries. But it’s in OUR best interest to seek the truth, as well as the best interest of our children and generations to come.

I don’t meant to spark a vegan vs paleo debate, so please don’t get me wrong. I just know first hand how well it has worked for me, and the change it could make for our planet, and the lives of its inhabitants including the beautiful animal kingdom to GO VEGAN. It will no doubt change your life, and have an immense positive impact on the world around us.

Were you sourcing humanely and sustainably raised meat when you were eating organic meat? Yes, there are a lot of conventional “farming” practices that are hideous and animals are treated incredibly unfairly, tortured even…. but what about small family owned farms who pasture-raise their animals, don’t use antibiotics, treat their land with respect, and live in harmony with nature? I feel that some people are better off eating meat, some people are better off eating strictly vegetarian, and some are better off eating seafood instead of meat. It’s all how your body reacts. I appreciate you not shoving your rhetoric down throats as I find so many vegans tend to do (I know, once you feel strongly about something, it’s hard not to think everyone should do exactly the same thing). Be well :)

My knuckles became very painful and swollen. It felt as if my fingers were broken. I had no idea what was happening. Doctors told me that I had osteo-arthritis. The only treatment was prescriptions for anti-inflammatories. My fingers would swell up to five times their size and would stay that way for weeks.
When the swelling subsided they never went back to the original size and the majority of the joints became fused.
This went on for six or more years before I heard about nightshade foods. As a vegan I ate a lot of tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant etc. Since I’ve cut these foods out of my diet there have been almost no more flare ups. However the damage has already been done. I wish that someone had told me about these foods earlier.

GMO soy is genetically modified with the petunia plant which is a nightshade. Nightshades are a huge problem – it’s in “everything”! I was accurately diagnosed 5 years ago by a Chiropractor who also does nutritional handlings, with a nightshade allergy or sensitivity & realized as time went on the odd-ball, off & on body symptoms I’ve had for 40 years (since I was 12) were due to eating nightshades. The two main symptoms (symptoms are so different for different people) were cracked, eczema like condition on hands & sometimes arms and “goopy” (wet wax like) infected ear(s). Symptoms start returning ONLY after eating nightshades which I rarely do anymore.

Just get a life! Aah, if only. Since it looks like Deborah could serve up a healthy serving of humble pie right about now ( I hear there’s a great academy in Tuscany right next door to the Olive Garden cooking school), I want to take a turn towards that whole telling comment that started this firestorm and say this is exactly what we’re fighting, folks. The line in the sand has been drawn. There are those who have had their life stripped bare by the ravages of America’s sick food system and America’s denial of GMO danger, political machinery driving private interests and the very real future of this country tanking because of a major healthcare capsize. Then there are those who argue for the establishment and cry “CONSPIRACY THEORIST ALERT”. Just like the whispers of the collapse of Wall Street or the atrocities heard to be happening in Europe during WW2 were just urban legends and alarmist notions. Wall Street did collapse and the Holocaust was happening and we’re all getting our taste of the looming disaster for our generation.
My husband is from Tuscany. He’s lived in this country for 23 years but still, he’s toting his green card. Of course, since we moved back here, all I’ve heard about is the poor quality of our food. Tomatoes don’t taste like anything, egg yolks are so light they seem invisible. He goes on about the quality of the water used to make bread in Italy. The milk tastes better and you don’t hear about allergies. When we discuss the differences between what he remembers from home and what we have in front of us right now, I have to remind him that America is using different standards in food production, safety, quality. His normal retort is “then America sucks!” Of course he doesn’t really mean that, for all you trolls out there, but I have to agree. It’s embarrassing. We have friends who visit from Italy and I take most of our visit to explain what not to eat and to seek out farm stands for quality food. They all want to go into our groceries and when we emerge, the ride home in the car is a lot of “Holy Crap”ping about the garbage they just laid eyes on. And I never hear the end of how fat the people are here. It’s shock and awe for our visitors, people. The way the United States’ powers that be dictate what is acceptable for consumption and what other countries would allow to pass the mouth of a prison inmate are two different worlds. I really feel like Deborah would do well to learn from these commentaries and then take what she learned in Europe, (which is a throw back to ancestral ways brought to the US in the last 400+ years) and use that to make healthy, whole-food meals for weary travelers, people who want to eat out for a REAL treat (just like the old days when you ate at home but for a very special occasion, you may decide to go out…) and customize her menu to the new American normal which is diseased people looking for some comfort and the odd opportunity to enjoy a little social time in a safe QUALITY establishment. It’s not enough to put your personal pride button on because you recycle and support the adoption of abandoned puppies. Just so you know, Deborah, there are very few quality paleo restaurants out there and it would be the biggest gift from this thread to help you get your head on straight and go where the need is. That big attitude of yours would work best if you’d harness it to some altruistic intent like helping others? That means help those who need help, not those who need their palate tickled. Besides, no matter how good the food is, if it’s full of what makes this country sick, you are contributing to the problem. Turn the beat around, sister.

Sorry, I know this is about nightshades but the remark by Ms. Deborah were more revealing than her ignorance of the problems with nightshades. Just had to comment on the bigger picture of the disconnect we encounter with our neighbors. Oh, and if I had been really on the ball, I would have invited Deborah to turn the BEET around. Dang it!

I am not a huge fan of any of these foods so I’m not sure eliminating them will make a big difference in my life but by golly I’m going to do it. I have inflammatory arthritis and it sucks! I have been taking meds for about 5 years but I still have horrible pain every day. I am now taking an infusion. This is no way for us humans to live. Some days I don’t want to anymore. I take lots of pills and I am nauseous every single day. I have lost over 90 pounds which is good cause I am overweight anyway. I could lose about 60 more. But I am taking morphine now and it doesn’t work. Does anyone have any advice? This chronic pain is not good!

So sad that there rare actually people out there that believe autoimmune diseases don’t exist; that this is all in the heads of those who have them. The fact that you, Deborah or any other non believer, don’t show any symptoms of allergies/autoimmune diseases/sensitivities doesn’t mean others don’t. You may not have a vision problem but someone else you know does and must wear glasses. Does that make them inferior to you, less human, or a hypochondriac? No. It simply means they have a part of them that doesn’t work as well as yours does. People with autoimmune diseases don’t ask for them. People with allergies or sensitivities don’t ask for them anymore than someone with vision troubles or a child with Down’s Syndrome. No one asks for this stuff to happen to them. No one wants to feel discomfort. The fact of the matter is, everyone is different and all of us will suffer from one affliction or another (even you non believers). Just because you don’t understand the illness doesn’t mean that the person(s) is making it up. As a restaurant owner, you should be aware of those allergy issues and be prepared for them and not be ignorant about them. Yes, there are millions out there without a problem, but there are also millions out there with problems…none of them will ever step foot in the Black Cat Bistro however, for fear your food will kill them. Please don’t shoot the blind man because he is different than your perfect self. Maybe next time you can educate yourself before spilling your judgmental ignorance all over the web.

I just want to point out an error – the term spices on the label will never encompass paprika, at least in the United States. FDA and USDA regulated products cannot declare paprika as a spice (by law) since it is commonly used as a colorant. However, the term “spices” for FDA products or “flavoring” for USDA products in an ingredient declaration can include Capsicum plants (hot peppers) that are considered nightshades.

I am glad that you have been able to find resolution for your digestive symptoms but I only hope that advocates like you rely on scientific or credible resources as you share advice to the public.

I have recently discovered that I am allergic to nightshades. Has anyone here tried NAET to reduce or eliminate your allergy?

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