Health and Wellness
Monday, November 10, 2014
Could Nightshades Be Causing Your Inflammation?
The nightshade family of plants (scientific name: Solanaceae family)
consists of a number of common agricultural crops including
tomatoes and potatoes.
Nightshade plants are high enough in toxins to cause inflammation
in the body, especially in anyone suffering from an autoimmune
disease. You might be surprised at how many foods belong to the
nightshade family and how many you may consume on a daily basis.
The following are all examples of nightshades:
• Goji berries
• Red pepper seasonings (curry, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, etc.)
• Ground cherries
If you’ve been advised to avoid nightshades, you have to watch labels,
too, because “natural flavors” or “spices” may indicate hidden
nightshades. “Starch” on labels in many cases also means potatoes.
Peppercorns and sweet potatoes are NOT nightshades.
If you suffer from arthritis, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, gout, or
nerve-muscle pain, try cutting out nightshades and take note of how
you feel after thirty days. Then go whole hog and stuff yourself with
nightshades. You’ll know pretty soon if you have a sensitivity to these
troublemakers of the food world!
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