Walk into any farmer’s market, and you will likely be in awe of the colors and variety of fresh vegetables that are available. Everything likely appears to you as a healthy alternative to processed foods. Consume many types of vegetables from this market, and you will be on the road to being healthy, right? Not necessarily. Nightshade vegetables contribute to food sensitivities and allergies. Overindulge in too many potatoes or tomatoes, and you could be experiencing gastrointestinal issues or joint pain and stiffness. Knowing exactly which vegetables are nightshades may help you avoid many issues in the long run.
Everyone loves potatoes, whether they are french fries, home fries, hash browns, tater tots, or mashed potatoes. They are the perfect side for almost every meal. However, you may not realize the white, red, yellow, and blue-skinned potatoes are nightshades. Uncooked potatoes contain solanine; a toxic alkaloid merged with sugar. While solanine is not immediately toxic in small amounts, it can be stored in the body and slowly released during stressful conditions and situations. It can cause arthritis, calcium depletion, stiff joints, and painful wrists, ankles, and knees. Potatoes that are turning green or are growing sprouts should be thrown away and not consumed, as these contain heavy amounts of solanine.