- Jul 2, 2003
- (RF) Technician
How nightshades (such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant) affect the body. Which foods contain the most glycoalkaloid? Do you have nightshade sensitivity?
- Goji Berries
- Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc)
What are glycoalkaloids?
Glycoalkaloids are natural pesticides produced by nightshade plants. Glycoalkaloids are bitter compounds which are found throughout the plant, but their concentrations are especially high in leaves, flowers, and unripe fruits. They are there to defend plants against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and insects.
Cherries, apples, and sugar beets also contain small amounts of glycoalkaloid even though they are not nightshades.
How do glycoalkaloids kill pests?
- Glycoalkaloids act as invisible hand grenades. They bind strongly to the cholesterol in the cell membranes of predators, and in so doing, they disrupt the structure of those membranes, causing cells to leak or burst open upon contact.
- Glycoalkaloids are neurotoxins. They block the enzyme cholinesterase. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down acetylcholine, a vital neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerve cells and muscle cells. When this important enzyme is blocked, acetylcholine can accumulate and electrically overstimulate the predator’s muscle cells. This can lead to paralysis, convulsions, respiratory arrest, and death. Military “nerve gases” work exactly the same way.
Some believe that nightshade vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants, may cause inflammation or make arthritis worse. There is no current evidence for this, though some people may be allergic to nightshades. Here, we explore the effects of nightshades and provide tips for an...
Am I allergic to nightshade vegetables?
A person may be allergic to one or more nightshade vegetables if they experience the following symptoms shortly after eating them:
- hives or a skin rash
- shortness of breath
- tightness of the throat
- pale skin
If a person experiences a severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis after eating any food, they should seek emergency medical attention and use an EpiPen, if one is available.
Nightshade vegetables are excellent sources of nutrition, and no research to date has linked them specifically to increased inflammation or other symptoms of arthritis.
However, there are some people with sensitivities or food allergies that involve the nightshade family. Eliminating these foods may help those with a sensitivity find relief from their symptoms.
A person should speak with a dietitian if they are concerned about the effects of a particular food on their health.
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