Everywhere you look, you see articles on anti-inflammation and what to do to stop inflammation from taking over your life. Inflammation is a big problem now that most of the world’s population have access to inflammation causing foods like fast-food, genetically modified food, and foods that are laden with chemicals and pesticides. Many of the experts tell us to stay away from these foods because they are the cause of many of our health concerns we have today like cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, auto-immune diseases, and depression. These same experts are telling the public that they should be consuming more fresh vegetables and fruits, but some of those fruits and vegetables also cause inflammation; I’m talking about the nightshade family of fruits and vegetables.
The nightshade family of fruits and vegetables cause just as much inflammation as processed foods because they are in everything we, as a society eats. While in small quantities these foods do not cause problems but in large amounts can wreck havoc for our bodies. As a person who is riddled with severe auto-immune pain one of the big culprits to this pain are these veggies, fruits and condiments that contain them. I avoid them like the plague they are.
Fruits and veggies to avoid:
- Potatoes (Sweet and Yams excluded)
- Peppers (Black and White excluded)
- Goji Berries
Condiments to avoid:
- Tabasco sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- A1 Steak Sauce
- pepper flakes
- cayenne pepper
- chili powder
- anything listed as “spices, flavorings, and seasonings”
Notice that these plants contain solanine which is a glycoalkaloid. It is toxic in high doses. It effects the enzymatic reactions that involve calcium which plays a part in our weakening bones and joints. It irritates the nerve endings in our joints which creates the inflammation (http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-182.pdf). So instead of poisoning ourselves with these plants we can choose to live inflammation free, if we just avoid them entirely.
I did this for one year and the results were quite good. I no longer eat anything on this list except blueberries which do not give me a problem. This has been quite difficult since both my husband and I are also gluten intolerant. But reading labels does help. Remember if you’re gluten free and still having stomach upset it could be the potato starch in many of the gluten free products. Solanine is known to cause stomach irritation.
Some interesting websites to read up on the possible danger of eating such plants: