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What Are Nightshade Plants?

Updated on July 11, 2015
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Do you know which foods are nightshade plants?

The mere words Nightshade Plant bring up images of mysterious workings within the gloom of night, the creation of magic spells or poisonous concoctions, images of witches and of medicine men silently creating their wares.

Well the images and ideals surrounding Nightshade Plants may not be that far off from the truth.

Many nightshade plants contain ingredients that are used within modern and herbal medicines.

Although these plants and their chemical components are generally used to promote good health, some of their properties can indeed be toxic when consumed in large quantities, or when given to people who have sensitivities to the nightshade plant.

Nightshade plants are more common than you might presume.

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Preparing a vegetable salad for supper. | Source

Do you know what is growing in your garden?

Many people do not realize that the plants growing in their garden may actually not be all that healthy for some members of their family. Plants classified within the nightshade family of plants fall into this category.

Nightshades are plants which have developed a means of defending itself against predators who may wish to consume them. These predators generally being small creatures such as bugs, or insects, but may also include larger creatures such as us humans.

Nightshade plants produce a toxic substance to protect themselves from being eaten. The deadly nightshade plants are fortunately really not as scary as the term sounds unless you are an insect that is. The toxin produced by nightshade plants is in small amounts so usually only extremely harmful to small creatures.

Unfortunately the toxins within these plants can be sufficient enough to cause an allergic reaction or food sensitivity in some people so are indeed a food source which it is wise for some individuals to avoid.

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Some individuals are sensitive to stimuli that others are not and consuming the wrong foods can have serious health consequences.

Knowing which foods are most likely to cause health issues can help those with chronic illness, intestinal difficulties, or who are prone to food sensitivities to avoid these foods.

 

So do you know which vegetables and plants are nightshade plants?

  1. Is the tobacco plant a nightshade plant?

    The answer is: (Yes)

  2. Are white potatoes a nightshade plant?

    The answer is: (Yes)

  3. Are tomatoes a nightshade plant?

    The answer is: (Yes)

  4. Are green peppers a nightshade plant?

    The answer is: (Yes)

  5. Are red peppers a nightshade plant?

    The answer is: (Yes)

  6. Is an eggplant a nightshade plant?

    The answer once again is yes.

    All of these very common plants, fruit, and vegetables are indeed from the nightshade family of plants and there are others. What these nightshade plants all have in common is that they contain a protective toxin within them to prevent bugs, insects, and small animals from consuming them. When you consume these plants you also consume that toxic substance.

Some of the foods included on that list may surprise you.

The foods you consume do make a difference.

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Why Most Allergies To Nightshade Plants Occur.

Most of us know that the tobacco plant is not good for us because it contains a little chemical that we all know by the name of "nicotine". However, what most people do not realize is that other nightshade plants such as eggplant and tomato also contain these same chemicals.

The nightshade family of plants have developed a protective defense mechanism to keep insects from consuming them. They produce alkaloids, a nitrogen containing structure that is designed to poison the offending insect, and keep it from feeding on the nightshade plant.

Nightshade plants that are known to cause an intolerance within people are generally the white potato, tomato, eggplant, green, yellow or red bell pepper, hot pepper, tobacco, mandrake, belladonna and morning glory. It is important to note that nightshade food products are sometimes hidden within other foods or fall under the guise of a seasoning or spice. This includes such foods as Pimentos, Paprika, Cayenne pepper, and Tabasco sauce.

People with autoimmune illness can be more sensitive.

Red, orange, yellow, and green peppers are all  nightshade vegetables.
Red, orange, yellow, and green peppers are all nightshade vegetables. | Source
The eggplant is a vegetable that is a member of the nightshade family of plants
The eggplant is a vegetable that is a member of the nightshade family of plants | Source

Plant alkaloids and why they can cause a food sensitivity.

There are four types of alkaloids distinct to the nightshade family of plants, steroid alkaloids, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, indole alkaloids, and tropane alkaloids. Health effects from the consumption of these can result in joint or nervous system disorders, digestive problems, loss of calcium in bone or increase of calcium in soft tissue, as well as other health related problems.

This is why sensitivities to the nightshade family of plants are quite common. The people who ingest members of the nightshade family consume the very alkaloids that the plant produces to ward off offending insects. They eat the very poisons that the nightshade plant produces to keep itself from being consumed.

It is surprising that a food so healthy could hurt so much.

Food sensitivity and allergies can be very dangerous for those who suffer from them.
Food sensitivity and allergies can be very dangerous for those who suffer from them.

A food allergy or sensitivity affect a wide range of the population.

Do you suffer from a sensitivity or allergy to specific foods?

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List of Nightshade vegetables, plants, and foods:

There are over 2800 species of nightshade plants all of which fall into the classification of Polemoniales or Solanaceae. These nightshade plants come in many forms and can be foods, herbs, shrubs, or trees. Some of these being so common that we might never have considered them to be a member of this distinct family.

Some of the most common nightshade plants are the white potato, tomato, eggplant, green, yellow or red bell pepper, hot peppers, and the tobacco plant.

Other less common nightshade plants include the mandrake, belladonna, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, ground cherries (Physalis), garden huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum), and Morning Glory.

Common seasonings or spices that are derived from nightshade plants are Tabasco sauce, Paprika, and Cayenne pepper.

It is important to know which plants fall under the category of a nightshade plant because a large number of people suffer from ill health reactions when they come in contact with these plants. Many people with existing health problems have no idea that their current illness may be caused by an allergy to nightshade plants.

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Allergies To Food Products are common.

About 75 percent of people have an allergy, sensitivity or intolerance to one or more foods that they consume. Symptoms of an intolerance to a specific food might include difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, headache, migraine, flush, rash, swelling, or gastrointestinal difficulties such as gas, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, and abdominal pain.

Food sensitivities can display themselves as a simple mild case of gastrointestinal discomfort, or they may be severe enough to actually initiate a chronic immune system response. In the severest case a food allergy can even result in the death of the individual.

Food sensitivities should always be taken very seriously. They are a warning from your body that it is not able to tolerate what you are feeding it.

What a lot of people may not realize is that a food intolerance, or allergy, is often triggered by the foods that you were raised on and considered safe for you to consume. There are many common foods that you would never suspect to be harmful to your health, but unfortunately they are, and nightshade plants are one of the foods which fall into this group.

Many of the Nightshade plants are such common food plants that you would not suspect that these vegetables are the reason for you are having health problems. That is until an allergy test comes back proving that they are indeed the culprit.

All color of peppers are included in this classification of vegetables.
All color of peppers are included in this classification of vegetables. | Source

Allergies to the Nightshade plant: What You Need To Know.

It is recommended that individuals who suffer from an inflammatory based illness such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Lupus, or other forms of inflammatory based arthritis should not consume nightshade plants.

1) It is especially important to never consume nightshade vegetables raw. Cooking nightshade plants can reduce the strength of the harmful alkaloids within them by as much as forty or fifty percent.

2) Do not store potatoes in a lighted area as this will increase their alkaloid content.

3) Do not consume green or sprouted potatoes as they contain a higher alkaloid content.

Safeguard your health.

Were you aware of the hazards of the nightshade family of plants?

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      Love all the info. on the Nightshade Family.

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      JoeTedesco 8 years ago

      Never knew this about nightshade plants. I thought they were only for making potions... lol.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Thank you for this info. Now I know why my Mom told me to not eat raw potatoes. And thank you for the holiday greeting. That was very mice.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      This has lots of helpful information. Didn't know, for example, that sprouted potatoes should be avoided. Going to read your lens now about toxins in cookware.

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      A fabulous and quite informative lens! I had no idea that tomatoes and white potatoes are in the nightshade family. Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome lens. I am certain that I will not retain everything that I have read here and will need to refer back to it in the future. Most Excellent!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      love this lens about Nightshade plants. I have problems with them, and many people do without knowing, so it's great that you are educating them! lensrolled to Top Ten Immune System Boosters.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      love this lens about Nightshade plants. I have problems with them, and many people do without knowing, so it's great that you are educating them! lensrolled to Top Ten Immune System Boosters.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks... I always wanted to know more about nightshade plants... and why they are bad for people with arthritis.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice. I always heard of Deadly Nightshade growing up, but didn't know much about it, except not to eat berries that I didn't know what they were.

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Neat lens. Never heard the term nightshade plant before, now I have a good excuse for not liking tomatoes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @TonyPayne: I had no idea either other than hearing people say not to eat the green on potatoes. Now I know why...the alkaloids are concentrated there. I guess back then they knew not to but just did not know the exact reasons why...

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @glenbrook: Me too...I find most of them taste fishy now....must be the fertilizer...

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @thesuccess2: Yes kind of an eerie tone to it indeed.

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      @drifter0658 lm: Thank you my literary friend...

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      Before I read your lens, I had no idea what a nightshade plant could be, but now I know. Very well made lens! I'm glad I clicked on it.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      What a great and beautifully crafted lens. You put a lot of effort into this and a lot of research. Thank you for doing it. I learned a lot.

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      GreatGazoo 6 years ago

      My wife and I were just talking about the nightshade family of plants last night then today I happened upon your lens. Cool stuff!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @GreatGazoo: I am always searching for a reason as to why I am ill and this article came out of that research. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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      @norma-holt: Thank you for stopping by.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Very glad to see this lens. I provided info about nightshades and RA, lupus, etc for a forum I used to participate in, but the forum no longer exists--and your lens is more thorough than my write-up was! Well done!

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      @huvalbd: Thank you for your positive feedback. I am so glad you stopped by.

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      really a wonderful, informative, instructive, well constructed and useful lens. thanks for the very useful information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow Nightshade Plants have lots of Uses, Thanks for Sharing this!!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Interesting subject! Blessed.

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      Great lens!

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      Your head is so full of excellent information! I took a side trip and also love your article on mosquitoes!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      This is fascinating. I have been told that I am allergic to tomatoes, but there is no way I will stop them, even raw. But I will be careful and understand more.

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      Luminosity LM 6 years ago

      I enjoyed the information about this topic and while I already knew quite a bit about nightshade plants, I learned some things and that is always exciting to me, thank you.

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      GREAT information!!! Easy to navigate and enjoyable to browse.

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      How sad! Nightshade plants are my favorites and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I could live on garden tomatoes and eat them like apples all summer long. I have never tried avoiding them, but it sure would be nice if it helped. Thanks for the info. I'll bring this up at my next Rheumatologist appointment. I hope you have a happy new year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @juliannegentile: Thank you and to you too.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Lol...Now everytime I see a tomato in my head I hear the ominous words....NIGHTSHADE PLANT....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear, Ladymermaid .. Really love your information about Nightshade Plants that I've never known before and also love all the rest of this green lense, too :) Happy Holidays ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had never known before about nightshade plants. Reading it gave so much more information on the green kingdom.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      We been thinking my husband might have an intolerance. We'll have to talk with the doc. Thanks.

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      MAGarrard 6 years ago

      good info on allegies. i had issues with alleries. went to an allergist and they only determined i had allergies to dust mites and histamine. that did not solve my issues and i decided to do colon cleansing. i took everything healthful known to man, when finally my allergy symptoms stopped. no more sinus issues, no more red, itching, inflamed hives, no more period. thanks for the wonderful info. more people need to know.

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      I LOVE this wonderful Lens Ladymermaid, lots of helpful information and colorful pictures which make one want to sit down to a lovely meal of fresh food. Those Aero gardens look wonderful, I love growing things to eat! Somestimes do seed sprouts in a jar, they go so well with salad.Thank you again for your kind visit, I have enjoyed visiting this Lens so much, and will be back to see more!

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 6 years ago

      Nicotine in tomatoes? Chemicals, and alkaloids? Nitrogen causes gas in the stomach tract? cough, fatigue, headache, rash, swells, gas, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, abdominal pain? This causes nervous system problems? Digestive tract problems? Infectons in the walls of the digestive system? Loss of calcium, or vitamin D? Cused by other proscribed medications? If you have these? you may have to take a trip to the emergency room. If your vitals say fever? You probably have it? Thanks from a Princess10, and friends experience.

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      great info on this lens, I found it interesting to knote what you can do with plants.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great resource and repository of these magic nightshade plants.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great resource and repository of these magic nightshade plants.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Maybe that is the reason I can't eat peppers or onions, they bother my stomach, but I can eat white potatoes, and I love my potatoes :) Very informative lens, I have never heard them called Nightshades before, so again, I learned something new today. Thanks.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Fabulous lens! My mother had to avoid the nightshades for a period, so I did have some idea about them before.

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I am allergic to most night shades, but I eat them in moderation.

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 6 years ago from FL

      Thanks for the great info. I had heard a bit about nightshade plants, but now I know a bit more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never knew that these common vegetables were nightshade plants - but I never cared for eggplant - I think I always had a mild allergy to it. Good Info.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing these useful and valuable info. really a wonderful and informative lens. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      the AeroGardens are incredible! i never knew they existed! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Wow! I had never heard of nightshade plants before! Living and learning.... Thanks for sharing!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Useful and informative lens.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow, a ton of info. I read somewhere that Tomatoes were Nightshade Plants...some say to eat them, some say you shouldn't....

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @tvyps: It is the alkaloids in Nightshade plants which make them difficult for some people to tolerate. I know that I am now more careful when I consume nightshade plants just in case they are a part of what makes me ill.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @GabrielaFargasch: Glad I could help you understand these common plants which so many people have intolerances to.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you so much for stopping by my Nightshade plant article sukkran. I always enjoy seeing your little dolphin swim in ;)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I read that Eggplant has some of the highest concentrations of these nightshade plant alkaloids in them. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Craftybegonia: When you cook nightshades you reduce the amount of alkaloids within them and make them more tolerable.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Beautifully-crafted lens - full of absorbing information.

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      interesting

      I never heard that term used before

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for visiting, commenting, also liking my lens "suggestions-to-help-children-enjoy-vegetables". You are a great lens-master. I have never heard of this term before also.

      It is very interesting reading.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: I suffer from inflammation so I am always investigating just in case I can come up with a way to be well again. I was quite shocked when I discovered how nightshade plants affect people with arthritis.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @cinstress: Lol...when a person starts investigating a specific area it is amazing what they can discover. I found nightshade plants and had to dig deeper into the subject. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @ChrisDay LM: Thank you Chris for stopping by my nightshade article. You are always a true gentleman and your visits are such a pleasure.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent Resource - great lens

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      is morning glory included in this list? i have an invasion of it in my backyard and worked on pulling it all out in the last couple of weeks. I am covered in bumps and itching on my arms and legs. Do you know if it is the plant itself or bugs on it? thanks!

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      I read this lens from top to bottom. I really learned a lot here. I had never heard of nightshade vegetables before. I have many diagnosed food allergies, but was not tested for any of the foods on your list. I will discuss this with my allergist. This is a very informative lens.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I know that too many tomatoes can cause me to get a cold sore on my lip from the high acid content. Otherwise, I seem to do OK with them, potatoes and green peppers. Quite interesting.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Glad to learn about nightshade plants, this is very helpful for many reasons. Thanks for making this lens and sharing it. I had never heard of them before.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Hairdresser007: Actually yes morning glory is also a nightshade plant. I guess you can judge then that you are sensitive to the nightshade family ;)

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      DavidForbes 5 years ago

      Great information. This also gives me some insight into why people on a macro-biotic diet are advised to avoid nightshades.

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      Cloudberry 5 years ago

      Great article. Elaborated nicely on a subject a knew a bit, but not enough about. Having food allergies and inflammation, this was quite helpful. :)

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      vauldine 5 years ago

      Excellent work on night shade plants. Thanks for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent information. I learned a great deal. Thank you!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nicely done and great resource. Blessed! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Hi if you suffer from inflammation, I recommend the diet from dr Seignalet. I recently read a book by Jaqueline Lagace who is director of a research center at University of Montreal and cured her Rhumatoid Arthritis with that diet. Basically it is no grains except rice And a few other exceptions. no dairy. cooking meats a low temperature below 230F to avoid formation of glycotoxins, no hydrogenated fats, no French fries or chips because of acrymalide. I'm sorry the book is, I think, only available in French for now. It is very well documented, over 300 references to scientific articles. I hope this helps you.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      NO. I wasn't aware of the problems with nightshade plants. I have done an elimination diet to see what I was allergic to. I remember the day I could reintroduce potatoes. It was the happiest day of my diet. Thanks for sharing this information. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Franksterk: Thank you for stopping by to investigate the nightshade plants relationship to allergies in foods. They are a very common plant for food sensitivities which is why they get included in the list for testing - hope you found what was causing you health issues.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting. Thanks for the information on nightshade plants. I've long known to try to steer clear of peppers as they give me indigestion - now I know why. However, I've never liked potatoes either and this probably explains why. Just the smell of them makes me feel ill! Now I just have to work out what to replace peppers with in all those recipes that use them!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I have to admit that I had never heard of nightshade plants. Thanks for education. Very interesting.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I never knew that there so many common plants that were nightshade plants.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Yes, I was aware of their dangers.. I used to eat a totally macrobiotic diet and completely eliminated them for ages! Blessed!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes. Nicely done, and angel blessed.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      No I had no idea! I have Reumatoid Arthritis and my mom had Lupus - but I eat raw green peppers all the time and LOVE them! Also potatoes and tomatoes. I do not get sick to my stomach. Do you think I need to be avoiding them? Thanks for this informative lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @RinchenChodron: The only way to tell if nightshade plants are the cause of your health problems is to stop eating them for about 4 weeks and see if your health improves. If nothing seems to change then reintroduce them back into your diet after that time and see if you feel any differently at that time.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @ecogranny: Thank you for stopping by my nightshade plant article. I was researching possible causes as to my chronic inflammation and stumbled onto this in my research. I was quite fascinated how nightshade plants could possibly cause or irritate those of us with inflammation or arthritis.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: For people with health problems we should definitely be very careful about consuming nightshade plants especially raw. Cooking the nightshade family of plants can reduce the poisons in them by at least 50 percent.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @fugeecat lm: That is the really scary aspect of nightshade plants. Green peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes are foods which most of us are raised eating. These nightshade plants are very common vegetables.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @pawpaw911: I had heard the term nightshade plants but thought that it referred to some spooky poisonous herb, that is until I started researching, and then I was shocked to discover exactly which plants were classed as nightshade.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Who could have imagined that such common foods as potatoes and tomatoes would cause such health problems - nightshade plants.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Terry Boroff: When I first started researching nightshade plants I imagined them to be these highly toxic herbs so I was very surprised to learn that many common foods are also within the nightshade family of plants.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: The different nightshade plants have various amounts of the poison within them. Green tomatoes and white potatoes which have turned green have higher amounts of these toxins. Watch for this when you choose your produce.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I discovered that I had a nightshade allergy when I was about 40. For years I suffered from facial blemishes, and over time I began to develop digestive problems. I never realized that the source of my problems were the nightshade vegetables I was eating because the problems were not immediate, but would appear about 12-24 hours after eating nightshade foods. When I eliminated them from my diet, my face cleared up and I stopped having stomach problems. For me the worst culprits were peppers, uncooked tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. I rarely have a reaction to potatoes.

      It might have taken longer to diagnose myself if not for my older brother. He told me he was allergic to nightshade vegetables, so I looked into the issue as well and after eliminating them from my diet, discovered that I was allergic to them as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: I have just stopped nightshades 6 days ago, was not in good mood for four days, yesterday is the best day iv had in years, more energy and a depression lift

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Yikes... I probably eat more food from the nightshade family than all other types of fruits and veggies combined, and I've had odd health problems lately, which is unusual for me. Thanks for this lens... perhaps eliminating nightshade family foods is one more thing I ought to try!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I knew a bit about the nightshade family, but never considered it would be a problem for me until now. It's like a lightbulb has gone off!

      I recently realised that I've become quite allergic to contact with the Morning Glory vines that grow in my backyard - which I've touched many, many times in the past with no problems. Researching this Morning Glory allergy led me to this page and made me wonder about my relationship health-wise with other members of the nightshade family.

      I've had some terrible IBS type gastro-intestinal symptoms (severe cramps with copious gas) on and off for much of my life w/o any obvious connection with my diet. Reflecting upon the fact that I've been free from gut symptoms for a while now, and that (quite coincidentally) I rarely eat anything from the nightshade family except for a daily fresh tomato... maybe FINALLY I know the cause of my sporadic gastrointestinal problems!

      An anecdote that strengthens my hypothesis: I love potato chips (fries), but lately I've avoided them simply because of their fat content. A while back, I was occasionally buying bags of low-fat frozen supermarket 'heat-in-oven' fries and heat them up by the bowlful. But I had to stop doing this, because every time -sometimes while I was still eating- I would develop a seriously painful stomach cramp that would last for several hours and end in bloating/gas. Unless it was hidden preservatives in the fries (which I think were made of reconstituted potatoes), I reckon the reaction must have been to the potatoes themselves!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Years ago I heard that they were experimenting with a new fat which was approved for low fat food products but which was causing people horrible gastric problems. It was somehow designed so that the food slipped through without truly be absorbed. I don't know much about it and only know for certain that it was in Lays low fat potato chips so I avoided them. I wonder too if you ran across a product containing this fat and suffered a sensitivity to it.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      YOU are too smart! Thank you for this.. wow. angel blessings.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is such a powerful lens that it is blessed and featured. Hugs

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your lens are always so interesting, informative and well written. Each time I visit, I learn something new. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Anthony Altorenna: Very interesting and informative article. (as always)

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      I knew about potatoes being nightshade, but not peppers! I think it's fascinating how little difference there is between wholesome food plants and poisonous ones!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I didn't know potatoes were part of the nightshade family! I only recognized tomatoes. Great lens. Blessed.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, had never heard of the term 'Nightshade' before....I have always loved the way a tomato plant smells though...

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      I had no idea - I always throught the Mediterranean diet, rich in tomatoes, peppers and aubergines was meant to be the healthiest!

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information. I had no idea what nightshade meant. I learn something new everyday!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This is such interesting information! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't know this exist. I have intolerance to most of these vegetables, and most to red bell pepper. Now I will be aware when eating food that may contain these plants. Thanks so much for this valuable information.

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      Another great informative lens! This place is amazing! So glad I found Squidoo.

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      What an informative, well-written lens. I wasn't aware of all the ins & outs of nightshade plants, so this has been enlightening. Thank you!

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      Wow, those nightshades are all the veggies that I like! I never felt really allergic to them -- or I simply did not notice. I will monitor for a while the potatoes. Thanks for sharing information about the nightshade plants.

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      Blessed this lens about the nightshade plants!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @viscri8: I know when I first started researching nightshade plants I was shocked by the common food items that were included in the list. Nightshade plants should be categorized under spooky food stuff.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      A very informative lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      Terrific lens and very resourceful. I learned something new today. Thanks for creating this particular topic. Definitely, a fabulous five. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wow - tons of excellent information - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Wow! I had no idea the dangers behind some of these very common fruits and vegetables. Thanks for sharing!

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      TrueGhostTales 5 years ago

      Recently, I developed an interest in house plants. That is why this lens was of special interest to me :) Thanks :)

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      TrueGhostTales 5 years ago

      Recently, I developed an interest in house plants. That is why this lens was of special interest to me :) Thanks :)

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for interesting read on the hazards of nightshade plants. Blessed**

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Another great food plant lens.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      To some degree, but I didn't know about the Rheumatoid arthritis. Very informative.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Yep, I knew some things about nightshade plants before but haven't realized how can be connected with allergies. It makes sense. We introduced these plants in our nutrition quite recently. And we use it a lot!

      Good info. I guess I'll be more cautious in the future!

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Yes, particularly the native species. I curated the Marion Ownbey Herbarium at Washington State University for several years. I have many interesting stories to tell...I was called the one man "Bot Squad" in the Botany Department for the forensic botany I did for some time :). On to the Solanaceae. An elderly woman came in to the herbarium holding a large potted plant bearing fruit, and said a family member gave it to her as a gift, and told her the fruits were edible. She asked if I could identify the plant before she ate the fruit. The plant was definitively Atropa belladonna. I told her she should under no circumstances eat the fruits from this plant; and she needs to consider the individual who gave her this plant as a gift! This is a wonderful lens. I'm glad to see you've explained the alkaloids that confer toxicity in this group.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to congratulate you on front page honors, I sure learned a lot I didn't know about nightshades when I was here before...you teach well my friend, always with excellence!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      My mom always warned us not to eat potatoes with sprouted eyes, but I didn't learn about nightshades until I read Eat Right for Your Blood Type. Nightshades are not good for my particular blood type.

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      slasherboy 5 years ago

      I don't really eat potatoes

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Oh yeah! Very aware of nightshade plants. I stay away from them big time! Wonderful article and explains everything very well. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always thought the term referred to poisonous plants. Thanks for clearing that up.

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      dariameister 5 years ago

      Great lens - I usually suffer from soreness after eating tomato or pepper based sauces - I wonder if I'm intolerant. Thanks!

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a big fan of tomatoes, so I'm glad I don't have any allergy to them. You've shared a lot of information that was new to me- glad I read your lens.

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      crazy anna 5 years ago

      No! I have bad arthritis and am definitely going to cut these plants for four weeks, as one of the articles you linked to mentioned, to see if I feel better. I was wondering if you could tell me if the capsacin in Tiger Balm (an arthritis/ pain gel) is part of the nightshade family. Are all peppers nightshade plants? I am throwing the link to your page around to my family members!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Never even heard of nightshade plants before reading your post. Thanks for the sharing of information.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I knew a lot of people were sensitive to nightshade veggies, but had no idea why - very interesting!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Very interesting! I know that peppers are in the Nightshade family, but I was really surprised to learn that tomatoes and potatoes are also nightshade plants.

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      katieross 5 years ago

      This was fascinating! I had no idea about nightshade plants. Thanks for sharing!

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      I never really considered nightshade plants being dangerous. Probably because I nor my family have had any problems with them. Great lessons here on veggies and hazards they can cause. Also never thought of planting Catnip to keep mosquitoes away.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Prior to reading this lens I had no awareness of nightshade plant hazards, but I will take them seriously now. thank you

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      I've known that a lot of people have allergic reactions to nightshades, but still learned a lot that I didn't know. Good lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the information. My 1 year old breaks out when she eats eggplant, cabbage and grape tomatoes, so thank you for the explanation on the nightshade plants. It is very difficult to find information about this allergy and what other foods I need to avoid feeding her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have gluten intolerance, and eating capsicum causes upset stomachs for me too. But yesterday I hadn't eaten anything that I am intolerant too, but I had a really sudden severe attack of stomach cramps and the associated issues... It seemed to occur about 5-10mins after my housemate started chargrilling red capsicum on an open flame, filling the house with fumes. Do you think it is possible that the fumes caused my reaction?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Allergies can definitely occur when a food substance is inhaled. Years ago so many bakers were having allergy symptoms that they referred to it as Baker's allergy. The acquired their illness from breathing in the flour gluten.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: It is very difficult when a young one is allergic to food. I can see why nightshade plants would be an active allergy for the very young though. The very best of wishes for your family.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @vegetablegardenh: I am so glad that I could help you understand the nightshade family of plants just a little better. I definitely seem to have an intolerance for the nightshade plants.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, thank you for all the information on this page. I am wondering whether the only way way to determine a nightshade allergy is through elimination of the foods- or can I go to have an allergy test?

      Thank you. Maria

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are there any herbs that are considered nightshade plants?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: You would have to ask your doctor if you should be tested for a nightshade plant allergy but the simplest way to determine an allergy I would think would be to do an elimination diet. It works, does not cost anything, and is non-invasive.

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      surfer1969 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Belladonna Is one of them and mugwort too.Mugwort can killed you.

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      ITWorksInc LM 5 years ago

      I had no idea so many common fruits and veggies were so toxic! Now it makes sense to me why we are warned to keep animals from eating people food - especially dogs and cats. Thank you for the lesson learned today!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My dear friend, this lens just gets better and better right along.

      Posted it to FaceBook for you for my friends to read too. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the article. Yes, Trying to explain to people or doctors that potatoes, tomatoes etc made me sick for years, was difficult. They thought it was in my head. However, I have just learned that they were nightshade plants.

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      Art-Aspirations 4 years ago

      My husband is allergic to all nightshade plants. He really misses potatoes and hot pepper seasonings, but we live without them, as well as tomatoes. Sweet potatoes are a good resource, and brown rice, his current staple starch.

      Thanks for sharing this wealth of information!

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      dc64 lm 4 years ago

      I do love learning, and today I have learned that I love nightshade plants. I adore bell peppers, white potatoes, and eggplant. Luckily, I am not allergic to them.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      My dad planted different fruit and vegetable in our garden. Now, I'm planning to add some herbs for my cooking. As a chef, I need to grow more plans in our garden to maintain the real taste of every dish that I will cook.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @CristianStan: It really is nice to have your own fresh vegetables. I now know that I am sensitive to nightshade plants if they are raw. So I consume them in moderation and only when they are thoroughly cooked.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @dc64 lm: I love my potatoes but I know that they must be fully cooked if I am to consume them as they are part of the nightshade plant family. It really is amazing which plants are.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I had that same notion too before I investigated the nightshade family of plants. If you are a bug then nightshade plants are indeed poisonous, but because we are so much larger, only some of us are affected by their toxins.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @KimGiancaterino: I know that I was always told to never eat potatoes raw and now I know that it is because of the toxins they contain as they are part of the nightshade plant family.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not until this week, when my son had yet another seizure after eating eggplant.

      He's gotten diarrhea after eating green peppers and tomatoes for years.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Returned to feature on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Plain Cigarette Packaging. Love this lens, Hugs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was told years ago... I was allergic to many Nightshade fruits and vegetables, specifically: Corn, Potatoes and Bananas, however Corn is not listed? I was also told it meant the edible portion grew or formed in the shade (or underground) or at night. Logical.

      Now I have RA... My allergic reations were slight to none for all those years but I guess I have reached my limits and am now paying the price. Last Thanksgiving I CRAVED a banana, so never having had a reaction to them before... I ate a small one. My feet and ankles swole to the size of footballs and I had trouble walking for two months. I lived on OTC Benedryl. My advice is listen to your body and allergist, this stuff is serious. Severe allergic reactions can lead to Coma!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had no idea about Nightshade plants.. Thanks to your lens, I've now become more knowledgeable.. ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nope... Thanks for the education about nightshade plants! Good thing I am not allergic to foods...

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I do appreciate the information about nightshade plants.

      There were things I did learn and I appreciate the information.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @GardenIdeasHub LM: I suffer from an inflammatory based illness and I was truly surprised when I uncovered how bad nightshade plants can be for those who suffer from arthritis or immune system based illnesses. These common plants truly are pretty scary lol.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Ah you are so very lucky my friend. I notice whenever I drink certain vegetable drinks (especially those with tomato) that my illness flares up so I know for certain that I am sensitive to certain nightshade plants.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I knew about the hazards. When I was diagnoised with fibromyalgia I did research and decided that I am most surely allegic to nightshades. I find it difficult to understand why some people refuse to eliminate these foods from their diet.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Even cooking nightshade plants will help to reduce the alkaloids within them by about 50 percent. I know that I have become much more sensitive to foods as I age. Raw tomatoes put me into an immediate attack but I can usually eat them cooked. I also still eat cooked white potatoes but otherwise avoid nightshade plants as much as I can.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: The nightshade plant Eggplant contains one of the highest amounts of alkaloids. I feel so bad for your poor son. He will probably have to avoid most nightshade plants if his allergic food reaction was so strong.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been suffering from hand pain numbness and stiffness. It came on out of nowhere. I have been juicing raw bell peppers yellow and red with jalapeño along with spinach. I believe this is the cause of my suffering and pain. Does anyone know how to cleans this besides stop eating or drinking this stuff

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: You must eliminate nightshade plants from your diet to see if you have a sensitivity to them. If you are having a sever reaction see your doctor or emergency department immediately.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I am constantly researching possible triggers for my chronic inflammation and that is how I discovered onto the information on nightshade plants. I decided to do my own research and I was shocked by the information I uncovered. That is why I share this food sensitivity information here.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I learned so much in this lens that I didn't know before. I had heard of nightshade plants but I didn't know why they were called that or that they produce self-protective toxins to ward off predators. Smart plants!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What peppers are in the nightshade family? All the bell peppers and cayenne, but what about jalopeno and green chili?

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      irfangoldfsd 4 years ago

      I was aware of their dangers.. I used to eat a totally macrobiotic diet and completely eliminated them for ages! Blessed!

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      I never knew about nightshade plants until today, thanks for creating this wonderful lens

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      I tell ya, we learn something new every day. I had no idea what a nightshade plant even was, let alone know I was eating them! Great lens!

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      I had never even heard of nightshade plants. This lens proves, once again, that I know nothing about plants!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative! I think the eggplant is another nightshade veggie.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I knew of some of the hazards, but am thankful I'm not allergic. Capsicums, chili peppers and tomatoes are almost in all dishes I cook!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Yes - and I always shudder when I see nightshade plants growing near the sidewalks where kids walk - the purple flowers are so pretty, and the berries look delicious - at our house we clear out all nightshades. No one will get sick from our plot on the block!

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      Inthepresentati1 4 years ago

      I'm glad I don't have any alergies to these foods. I'd eat them anyway. Thanks for posting though.

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      MBradley McCauley 4 years ago

      A beautiful and informative lens. Well done. I find nightshades seem to contribute to joint pain. Potatoes are one of my favorite foods and I do indulge now and then, I think they increase joint pain so I eat them rarely. It's interesting that some cayenne is a pain reliever and yet it is from the nightshade group and can also cause allergies. Am sending links to this lens to family members who guffaw at my claims about nightshades.. Good job.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ladymermaid, thanks for sharing this interesting info with us. I had never heard of nightshade plants before visiting here today. I didn't know that there are plants that protect themselves against insects this way. Very interesting!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Yes, I keep lettuce to a minimum, even though salads (with tomatoes) are supposed to be "healthy." All things in moderation. This is a really informative and interesting lens.

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      This exposed plant profile is very well done and provides an overview of the good and bad of nightshade, our choice to eat or not eat. Good lens!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Great lens-first time I heard of nightshade plants Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have severe arthritis and over the past year I have worked out that certain foods trigger attacks of inflammation - bell peppers, chilli, tomatoes, paprika and cayenne in particular. It was a shock to read today that potatoes are in the deadly nightshade group too. My tip is read every label on every food stuff you buy, you'll be surprised how many have nightshade foods in them.

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      abouthealthtips 4 years ago

      Great lens...I would add that if you have food sensitivities or possible sensitivities, then one of the starting points is to eliminate all grain, processed food from your diet. Eating a plant based diet can have a profound impact on your health.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Wow this lens is very informative. I consume many of these plants on a regular basis and had never really thought about the possibility of having an allergy to any of them. I do have a couple of minor health issues and maybe consuming these foods might be causing them in the first place.

      Great job on this lens. This is my very first lens to bless~ Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      traveldestinations 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens on nightshade plants.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I'd never heard of this until a few days ago and my daughter was telling me she'd read about it. This may explain why my husband is allergic to paprika!! We could not figure out why paprika would bother him. He does not even like to eat most of the nightshade plants. (maybe it's his body telling him no!) Thanks for this great info.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Nightshade sounds so ominous, and I'm surprise by the number of veggies in the nightshade family.

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      AngelaKane 4 years ago

      Great lens and planter ideas. I love growing a variety of vegetables and herbs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had heard of the nightshades before and knew they were poisonous but didn't know that some common things we eat were members of the nightshade family. I knew that potatoes were poisonous, but had no idea they were nightshades. Really interesting and informative lens. I will be a little more careful about what I eat from now on!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Only the well known poisonous ones, I knew that tomatoes etc were in the same family, just did not realize tobacco was too, very interesting.

      Also very interesting about the allergies, I once had to go to hospital after eating a very hot curry, with an agonizing stomach pain (I did not think it could be the curry as the pain was so bad, I thought I was dying) the doctor actually laughed at me when he found out I had a hot curry, and gave me some Gaviscon, which didn't help much. They could not find anything wrong. So after reading this I think maybe an allergy. I steer clear of hot things since then, and I will keep doing so.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      I had green peppers in my breakfast this morning... neat to know it's a nightshade plant. Now that I know white potatoes are more toxic once they sprout I will be more conscience about what potatoes to eat. Thank-you for the tips.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I am always eating potatoes after they have sprouted, so I will have to watch that in the future. Still love tomatoes and peppers and I am always amused by the fact they are part of the deadly nightshade family of plants. Fortunately for me I don't seem to have a problem with that, thank goodness. Don't know what I would do if I couldn't eat tomatoes or peppers.

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      RebaC 4 years ago

      No, I had never heard the term nightshade before I read this article. This was very interesting as I often eat some of these plants.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Everyone is talking about how surprised they are about these "poisonous" vegetables and how they cause allergies and other problems. Have you ever thought that the chemicals used to cultivate those vegetables are 100s if not thousands of times more harmful then the actual vegetable? Read labels on what you buy? If you avoid processed food which has labels you will be fine. You don't need to read labels and you will avoid all the chemicals that are actually bad for you. Don't be worried about these vegetables if you buy them organic. That's my 2 cents :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: What makes the nightshade plant toxic is the poisonous alkaloids within them. These toxins are there to kill bugs that try to eat the plant, they are not usually harmful to people because of our size, but for people with sensitive immune systems or chronic illness they can be very dangerous.

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      jaysongopiy 4 years ago

      This is the first time i had heard about the nightshade family plants, was very interesting to read it. It has been elaborated in a very good manner, thanks a lot for sharing such an wonderful post. Thank You.

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      No I never knew that they could be so hazardous!

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      Rhonda-Ryan LM 4 years ago

      At least I did not know most of them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I learned I a lot about this group of nightshade plants.i'll share it to my mom.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I learned I a lot about this group of nightshade plants.i'll share it to my mom.

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      maherars45 4 years ago

      Hello, nice lens, i like vegetables and plants

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. My wife and I ran into some deadly nightshade combined with poison ivy in our back yard. Never realized the stuff would just grow wild in our neighborhood.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      What I wasn't aware of was how many plants were in the nightshade family. It is such a hard balance between what is good in a plant eaten as food and what is bad. But so good to be aware of plants that can cause inflammation and reactions in the body so you can eliminate them if they are more an enemy than a friend. Beautifully written. *blessed*

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      Matt Warren 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Great lens! very interesting and top work on hitting the Squidoo homepage with it ;) x

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Interesting lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      JimMcD 4 years ago

      I think that I remember in all the old cowboy movies that a horse would eat "locoweed" and go crazy. I think it was a Nightshade plant (belladonna)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Wow, I thought it was just potatoes. Thanks for a great lens

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Yes, this is really special family of plants. It is not only full of interesting chemistry but also made huge impact on human society. Great presentation!

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      Didijudy 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great informative lens. Great work. I have an AeroGarden and love it; especially during the winter months in Canada.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      My husband and I were just discussing the nightshade plants this week. He was asking me if cauliflower was a member of this plant family. Thanks for the information.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Mickie Gee: So glad that I could help. I have a chronic illness so nightshade plants are an important subject to me. It is why I researched their role in chronic illness and inflammatory illnesses.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I learned something new on nightshade plants.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My sister has a farm where she grows everything organically. No chemicals, pesticides etc. When I eat nightshade vegetables from here garden I get very ill. I have an autoimmune disorder and know this classification of plant makes me very ill. My point is, people do need to worry about thses vegetables if they have a known or even unknown sensitivity to them. Thanks for your comments.

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      gracelowau 4 years ago

      I have been told that egg plants are bad for eyesight. Not sure if it is a grnadmother's tale or real. But anyway I love them especially when they are stewed without the skin in a black bean sauce.

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      BuildaBetterYou1 4 years ago

      Excellent article! I didn't know the problem with the nightshade family of veges was such a problem. Definitely answers problems I am having with my own health ;) The first photo you have of the salad shocked me. I thought you were going to tell me carrots and lettuce were part of that family ~yikes

      Cheers!

      Phil

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      Thank you! I love eggplant and peppers.

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      ayla5253 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe detox your body and clean out the juicer with vinegar . Many of my patients in the inner city who were exposed to cleaners as housekeepers went to cleaning with vinegar which is organic, natural, effective and non-harmful.

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      ayla5253 4 years ago

      I agree with all of the info except on canola oil. Canola oil is touted as healthy but is in reality merely a bastardized version of rapeseed oil. Yes, canola oil is healthier than rapeseed, but what they don't tell you is that canola oil is not really good for you at all. You are far better off with olive oil, grapeseed oil and sunflower oil for high temp cooking. Grapeseed oil is a favorite of mine d/t it having the pycnogenol which is good for arthritis. Coconut oil is very good as well because it will raise total cholesterol but not the low density kind, so your ratio of high density to low density cholesterol improves. Coconut oil tastes great with asian and pacific types of cooking. I've gotten used to it in the place of butter and it's healthier than butter or margarine.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @BuildaBetterYou1: I was shocked enough when I learned that green or red bell peppers were part of the nightshade family of plants. I no longer eat them if I can avoid them and especially not raw.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @ayla5253: I have never tried grapeseed oil but have been hearing a lot about it lately. I do know that grapeseed may help with cancer so it would make sense that grapeseed oil would be very healthy as well.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Gosh you made me aware of stuff I did not know. Thanks so much!!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I never heard of nightshade plants before! Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm glad you did this lens. I have reactions to nightshades. And I love them. I'll be using some substitutes. Thank you for this information.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Really nice lens Ladymermaid with lots of good information and facts. As of late I have also had to give up the peppers unless they are thoroughly cooked in stews, omelets and such. I knew about the nightshades as I have done research on them as well. However, i still appreciate you sharing this lens for those who are not aware of these nightshade plants, veggies and fruits. Congrats are in order for this very fine lens as I always enjoy stopping by for a visit and reading your lenses. Hope You Have a Fantastic Day Ladymermaid and keep the good work up!

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      faye durham 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. Congrats on lens of the day feature.

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      I love your choice in topic! Nightshade is such an awesome plant and that goes for more than just having a mysterious name. I thought your information was so easy to read and answered a lot of my questions. I just have to bring up your section on honey. Giving it to children under a certain age can be extremely harmful and is not recommended. I'm sure you already know that but I just wondered if you could make mention of it. People often get the wrong idea that a food's healthy properties are one size fits all. I don't want anyone to wind up with accidental health complications because of a simple food error. Thank you again for such a delightful lens! Take care!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      You learn something new every day. Thanks for the lesson on nightshade. I learned a lot.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very interesting information, I always imagined that nightshade plants were deadly although I didn't know anything about them, lol. We eat raw red pepper all the time so I know that everyone in the family can tolerate it, but it's great to learn the truth about nightshade plants, they aren't so mysterious after all!

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      compugraphd 3 years ago

      B"H

      I've been avoiding nightshades since I made a lasagne with tomato and eggplant on Passover and my arthritis started acting up.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Chicago area

      I only knew about nightshade plants because of reading how some were nervous about eating tomatoes, because they're from that family. I had no clue that other everyday eats like potatoes & bell peppers were in this family too. Interesting stuff!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      No I wasn't aware. Very interesting lens!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Are sweet peas.. green peas... a nightshade veggy? I used to throw up as a child when made to eat my peas and as a young adult thinking I needed to eat healthier I forced myself to eat them. I can tolerate them now but wonder if it is like tolerating second hand smoke. Just overloading my bodies ability to react constantly may inhibit outward recognizable symptoms, concentrating them inward (I have mega unexplained pain) and symptoms that are unusual to say the least.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Your introductory statements about the term nightshade bringing to mind the mysterious is true...however, now that I know this term includes potatoes...it seems far more less exotic;). Very informative lens:)

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      Mommy 3 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      I absolutely love potatoes, but I've noticed that they cause severe abdominal pain each time I eat them. I end up spending quite a bit of time in the bathroom (sorry, TMI). I'm wondering if maybe I'm allergic to them or something.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Finally .. Reading your post has possibly answerd my questions.. For the last 10 years I have suffered severe abdominal pain if I even sniff a bell pepper let alone eat one, paprika and any thing else spicy has the same effect, what I'm finding now is that other foods are triggering the same abdominal pain and it seems after reading your post the nightshade family is the culprit .. My tummy is only happy when I stick to rice and even the. It has to be plain.. Now I know I have to avoid all the nightshade family.. For me going to the supermarket is like going to the library as I have to read every ingredient so many products have ingredients you just would expect.. But Thank you I think you may of just put me on the right path finally

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      We recently discovered my 4 year old daughter has a bunch of food allergies including corn and potatoes and lactose intolerant. She seemed to not react to potatoes anymore and we let her eat some french fries from Arby's. Big mistake, she had seizure and quit breathing 5 hours after eating. Thank god she came into our bedroom just before it happened. So hard to figure out what to make for meals anymore.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Food allergies can be terrifying and especially with young children who may not be so aware of the consequences. I really feel for you.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: No, peas are not included in the nightshade list but they are a protein source so perhaps your problems were with protein.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I avoid the nightshade plants!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @SusannaDuffy: I find that I can eat tomatoes cooked but not raw or in most juice blends. Green peppers are off my list of edible foods too but I can eat cooked potato. Night shades really are a food that you have to be careful with.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @ThisisMissyMiss: It is very possible as they are a nightshade plant. I think there are many of us who are much more sensitive to toxins and other immune system stimuli then back when I was a child.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Unfortunately, I was aware of some of them, and was very sorry to learn about them. What I miss most is white potatoes, also pimento.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I had not idea of the hazards of these plants...tomatoes? Oh gosh, my MIL has a tomato sandwich almost everyday!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I just recently have been learning about this, and so I'm glad to find this Squidoo page with excellent explanations. Although I'm sensitive to certain foods, I'm pretty sure that nightshades are not a problem for me. Still, I like to learn about these things even if it's to possibly help others sometime.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      No I was not and I did not even know that some of the common foods that you outlined, such as potatoes, were nightshade plants. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Heidi Vincent: My mom always said never to eat raw potatoes so when I was researching nightshade plants it all began to make much more sense.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @TanoCalvenoa: Those with chronic illness or autoimmune illness are more sensitive to some foods. I find that I can eat most of the nightshade plants if they are cooked but cannot eat them if they are raw.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I had no idea! I love most of these. No wonder I feel bad after eating a few of them together. I'm going to have to rethink my garden.

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      Very educational!!! I absolutely learned a few things from your lens :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @LouCannon: I was really surprised when I first discovered which plants are nightshades. I had always presumed that these were very toxic plants so discovering the white potatoes and green peppers were included in the list really shocked me.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Rhonda Lytle: I think I read that the eggplant has a very high concentration of the toxins. Most of the nightshades can be tolerated better if they are cooked as cooking them generally removes about 50% of the toxins.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes--my mom loved and grew them all, so she taught us from an early age to recognize the leaf and flower of the nightshade family. Now I teach my grandchildren the same thing. Fortunately, none of us is sensitive to the small amounts of alkaloids in the fruits, or in the case of the potatoes, in the tubers.

      I understand many cultures use belladonna as a medicine and sometimes as a hallucinogenic, but that it can build up in the system over time and eventually kill the habitual user. Wiccan fiction writers like to have fun with that one.

      Another very informative page. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      When I was following a macrobiotic diet, nightshades were forbidden. I never knew why. However, I kike these foods and now I eat them with no apparent harmful effects. Voted up++

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      Susan Deppner 19 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Pretty sure I've read this before, but I've been educated further since then, so very glad I've now read it again. Very helpful information for those who suffer from digestive issues, as I do. Thank you, Lorelei!

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      Lorelei Cohen 19 months ago from Canada

      @Susan. I also have grown increasingly sensitive throughout the years. Peppers are now completely off my food list whether they are raw or cooked. Potato I can still eat in small amounts but am sure learning to enjoy the flavor of yam instead. Best of wishes.

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