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ryotboi
02:44 am - Nightshades?
hello,

i have some confusion on nightshades, because the lists on different sites don't match up. some say blueberries, others say peppers (which would be sad, considering the latter helps with my arthritis).

any clues as to what to look for in a particular food, so's i'm not bound by eternal wonder? thanks in advance for your 2 cents.

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From:ex_lark_asc
Date:March 14th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
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Nightshades are a family of plants - Solanaceae according to Wikipedia. So you can look up the full Latin classification of any food plant you're interrested in - Wikipedia lists them on the entry for each plant - and it should tell you. Offhand I know potatoes and tomatoes are nightshades, also peppers and aubergines according to a quick Google, although people in the West have been eating aubergines a lot longer than any of the other nightshades. Blueberries are nothing to do with them, though.
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From:ryotboi
Date:March 15th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
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thanks for the suggestion, just to be safe i probably should check each plant for that family on wiki.
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From:deenojalapeno
Date:March 14th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Are you trying to avoid nightshades? I'm quite allergic to them, and can only eat peppers once in a while. But if you were using peppers or capsaicin creams topically for your arthritis, I think that would be different than if you were eating them all the time.
(avoid the website that says blueberries are nightshade!)
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From:ryotboi
Date:March 15th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
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yeah, i've wondered about topical vs ingesting. good to hope that blueberries are still on the list! :)
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From:twostepsfwd
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Blueberries aren't nightshades. But whether you avoid nightshades as part of the anti-inflammatory diet is very much up to you - Some doctors don't recommend avoiding them. I considered doing the nightshade avoidance diet for my fibromyalgia but through my research found out that it is only effective if you completely avoid nightshades in all forms, which includes all forms of tomato and even paprika - Which seems to hard to me to be feasible. This may not be true if you're just cutting down on inflammatory foods, though - Cutting down or cutting out most nightshades might still be helpful. I don't see much correlation between nightshade consumption and pain levels, honestly.
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From:ryotboi
Date:March 15th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
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yeah, i've noticed some correlation for me with nightshades and pain, although not as much as when i cut wheat out. both seem to help to varying degrees.
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From:twostepsfwd
Date:March 14th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
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PS - Blueberries are considered excellent anti-inflammatory foods
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From:ryotboi
Date:March 15th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
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Yaya!
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From:lungtube
Date:March 20th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
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Cutting out wheat has helped me quite a bit though I do still small amounts.

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