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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The following are all members of the nightshade family a couple of which you might only ever encounter while on a vacation in the tropics or in supplements: This is a very complete list of edible nightshades, but note that many of those listed include dozens of varieties.
There are many, many varieties of hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and even something like varieties of potatoes, for example. And the number of products including nightshades is enormous. Many spice blends, like curry and steak spice, usually contain nightshades for more information see Spices on the Autoimmune Protocol.
You might find ingredients such as sambal, shichimi, or tabasco listed and not immediately realize that those are sauces made with hot peppers. In fact, there are thousands of varieties of hot sauce, all of which contain nightshades. The reason why nightshades are problematic for many people is due to the glycoalkaloid content see this post. Over-consumption of these edible species can actually be poisonous to anyone, and it is possible that the low-level toxic properties of nightshade vegetables contribute to a variety of health issues over time.
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Thanks for this overview on nightshades. Is it possible to have an IgG response to some nightshades and not to others? I definitely notice an IgE response to eggplant — immediately my throat and face become itchy after eating it.
Despite the ALCAT results, do you think it would be prudent to still eliminate ALL nightshades for a period of time days and see if that improves my symptoms mostly eczema and allergies? I have eliminated tomatoes for the last 30 days along with gluten, dairy, eggs and random other foods from the ALCAT results and I have notice no change. Should I be more patient? Do you know if Ashwagandha could be added to my protocol bc it would be helpful for the thyroid? I know it is a very specific question and you would probably think — well, the sensitivity question you are asking is answered in my post above — but I just wanted to hear your opinion….
Thank you so much again for everything!!! You have been my guru in navigating this autoimmune disease since I have discovered your website and you have literally changed my life for the better!!!! I recently purchased a supplement that contains Ashwaganda root.
Is that the same as the Ashwaganda you have listed? Thanks so much for your hard work, dedication and documentation of how to improve symptoms! Ashwaganda does help with thyroid and adrenals, but after a couple of weeks on it, I was having numerous and increasing symptoms.
I waited for months, then I tried again with the same result. You could try it yourself and see if you can tolerate it, but just keep in mind that it may take a while for any symptoms to pop up.
Just wanted to chime in with my experience with Ashwaganda: I took some Ashwaganda because I heard it is an adaptogen anyone can take. I had a strong reaction to it: I actually felt better the next day-like I had cleansing. I tried it again 3 weeks later just to see if it was a fluke. Then I just happened to be at a lecture given by the herbalist David Winston who says Ashwaganda should not be taken by anyone who is on thyroid meds.
I have never seen this warning in an herb book. I do know I am sensitive to nightshades and now that I read this article, I think I need to cut them all out.
I occasionally eat some of these foods listed and am dealing with nagging inflammation and other issues. Thank you Sarah, for haring all of your research. Wow, how fortuitous that you posted this today. After nearly a year AIP, I felt bold and confident in my healing last weekend and ate out twice!
Body aches for a week now, hips, knees, lower back wrists and finger joints feel arthritic. Muscle weakness and crashing fatigue and puffy hands and feet. Yes, I do indeed feel poisoned. Are cucumbers part of the nightshade family?
Just thought you might be interested in this… I was taking Ashwagandha for a couple of months to support my adrenals as well and found out that it was part of the nightshade family which I have serious sensitivities to. I pointed this out to my Naturopath and she suggested I take Rhodiola which has been an excellent supplement for my adrenals and is not part of the nightshade family.
I have 3 little ones to chase all day and I feel great…even at the end of the day! I had never heard of that vegetable before. I steep roasted chicory root, then add cacao powder, coconut milk and a little vanilla extract. This seems to satisfy my palate without giving me the issues that coffee does…. Thank you so much for this post! My husband is sensitive to nightshades. I thought I was going to go crazy trying to figure out recipes.
You I have made me excited about cooking again!!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!! Any thoughts — does this have anything to do with leaky gut? I am a celiac.
I recently had someone tell me that spinach is a nightshade and causes inflammation. I know it is not included in the Solanaceae family, and I cannot find spinach listed on any of my trusted AIP lists of foods to avoid, but I have found conflicting information on the internet.
Is there anything about spinach that would cause inflammation or exacerbate an autoimmune condition? Thank you for your list. But recently eating nightshades had turned into anaphylaxis for me.
I found your site through another Paleo podcast and have been researching voraciously your info. By far you have more info here than most other sites and far better organized so I can find just what I need to know. You are a lifesaver. Thank you for validating my inner suspicion that my numbness middle and ring finger of dominant hand , which appeared immediately after delivering my fourth baby this spring, IS connected to my adrenal fatigue.
I asked multiple medical professionals, and they all scratched their heads and pointed me to someone else. I could tell my body was having a harder go in this pregnancy, and a number of symptoms not-previously-experienced presented themselves within 12h of delivery. What an interesting post. I am not a lover of raw tomatoes but do use them as a sauce.
Drying any food just concentrates the offending substance. So sun-dried tomatoes will be a lot worse than regular tomatoes, just like raisins have higher levels of salicylates than grapes.
Hi, I just recently found your website. I am trying to figure out if maca root should be avoided. Do you know if it is a nightshade? I was taking a tsp. Thanks so much for your response. Also, I have a question regarding scallions. Are they considered nightshade? I really enjoy the flavor of onions. What can I use as a substitute?
I enjoy spicy foods, what can I use instead of cayenne, chilli, red pepper and paprika to spice up foods? After trawling through the internet at 1: I heard on a podcast today that chocolate can be considered a nightshade. Is there truth to this?
I heard chocolate is not good for people who have autoimmune diseases.. I stopped eating chocolate for two months and I felt ok but as soon as I ate it again my tummy was very upset. I have had an IGe test and none of the above nightshades came up. So would it be safe to say they dont affect me negatively? Or is there another test that can be performed to better determine sensitivity? Ok, verrryyyy interesting, thank you! So I have hypothyroidism, and eczema caused by nickel, like my belt.
I researched it and apparently nightshades have nickel in them. I notice my hand swell up when I eat them and that even though I eliminated gluten a while ago the joint pain in my hand, wrist, and ankles can be unbearable. Someone just suggested to me that nightshades could be a factor in my very stubborn acne. Is a month a good length of time to cut them out, or can I go shorter or should I go longer?
Most elimination programs seem to average a month, but I have seen different lengths. There is bioperine an extract from black pepper in my CoQ10 supplement, to increase bio-availability — is it necessary for me to find a new CoQ10 supplement? I have had alopecia for almost 30 years. You ladies are awesome and I have been addicted to listening to them for the last three days!
I really appreciate that you have a strong scientific background and can back-up your comments with research. You explain science in an easy to understand way. If they are cooked I only burb them up a little sorry for the visual. It still takes longer to process those foods I eat with them though. I notice that I feel sick to my stomach if I workout 2 hours after eating cooked peppers.
So does this sound like nightshade sensitivity? I know potatoes make me a little bloated, but I figured it was just all that starch. Back to my first question, can you explain the cucumber issue and based on my other explanation should I be avoiding nightshades. Well, you could just be sensitive to cucumbers. They are one of the worst foods for stimulating gas-production due to a compound called cucurbitacin and are known to be a common irritator for people with diverticular disease.
As for nightshades, yes, that does sound like a sensitivity, but it is totally possible to be sensitive to one family of nightshade plants like just peppers or just tomatoes and be fine with others.
The easiest way to tell is an elimination diet, here you eliminate all nightshades for a few weeks and then add them back in one at a time every few days. Wikipedia is not published work and cannot be considered a reliable source. I would like to order your book but before I do, can you tell me if the information is backed up with actual credible sources Ie. I found the answer to your question in the video. I am ordering your book from Amazon right now. I am having difficulties tonight.
The only thing that I can think of that was out of order, was a heavy dose of allspice in a chicken recipe that I made. Looked it up and sure enough allspice is a form of pimento — a nightshade. I just recently found your website and am thrilled with the amount of information you have on autoimmunity and the Paleo approach.
I never did see any affect from SCD even though I was on it for almost 2 years, but I was also over exercising at the time which may also have played a role in my not getting any better. I was never able to get into remission for very long before I got pregnant, then when I got pregnant I flared horribly, but I was able to get it under control after IV steroids and sulfasalazine. I do not recommend potato starch with autoimmune disease. Lots of starchy tubers have resistant starch, as do green bananas and plantains.
Instead, I recommend a wide variety of vegetables to feed a wide variety of friendly gut bacteria who will then produce a wide variety of beneficial substances like other short-chain fatty acids, neurotransmitters, anti-inflammatory cytokines….
I do talk about it in my book. How long should someone wait before introducing nightshades back in to their diet and for that matter any food? Thanks for letting us pick your brains!!! Very grateful for all you do for everyone for all autoimmune people!! Sarah discusses food reintroduction of foods here: The group has over 4, members, you can request to join here: Perhaps it should be the meso or mesolithic diet.
Silly pedantry aside sorry! I wanted to say a massive thanks for this article as I think I have pinpointed my problem. I have eliminated dairy and gluten and felt the benefits. I had a lush chilli last night, a healthy not gluttonous portion I might add, replete with bell and chilli peppers, fresh and puree tomato and eggplant. Despite only one glass of vino with it and a good sleep I have woken up feeling stiff and achey, bloated and lethargic.
Chillis and curries with these ingredients are a staple of mine, I thought, healthy comfort food. I am going to eliminate them and have a look at your other blogs now. Hey Sarah, I have a few questions about the autoimmune condition involving Hidradenitis. I have had h. Anyway, I was hoping you could help. Besides my questions I am looking for any advice on how to manage h. It would be appreciated. My first question is should I avoid sugar?
I have been doing my best too already. Second when it comes to autoimmune protocol should you not eat nuts and seed? I have started my auto immune diet and the hardest part for me is no bread or nuts.
I love peanut butter. And was wondering if there were any substitutes for bread or peanut butter. I have been using corn tortillas with no wheat instead of bread.
The AIP eliminates nuts, seeds, and corn and restricts added sugars to rare occasions. You can read about the protocol here: I love your book, The Paleo Approach, and have had the cookbook pre-ordered for some time. I have so many Paleo cookbooks already but most seem to include a lot of nightshades. Would LOVE to get one without!! My wife left this up on the computer so I took the time to read it. My father and his siblings have been on a nightshade free diet for almost 20 years.
Potatoes seem to be the really sensitive item for them. Thanks a lot for your facepage and your blog! I follow your posts. I have checked at wordreference dictionary Thanks! Hi, thanks so much for writing this article. You mention in your article that you found a gluten reaction faster to overcome than a nightshade reaction. And how long after eating nightshades? How long it takes to feel better is different for everyone and depends on how sensitive you are to that specific food.
Sarah discusses how long it can take to heal from gluten exposure here: Some nightshade sensitive individuals are just as sensitive to the glycoalkaloids in sugar beets, cherries and apples even though they are not in the solanacea. Both -chaconine and -solanine are glycoalkaloids which exhibit antifeedant, … naturally in potatoes Solanum tuberosum and other members of the Solanaceae family. Solanine is also present in apples, bell peppers, cherries, sugar beets, and tomatoes. Submitted by Raymond Tice, Ph.
Integrated Laboratory Systems P. Both -chaconine and -solanine are glycoalkaloids which exhibit antifeedant, fungicide, and pesticide activities. Are buffalo berry and sea buckthorn berries nightshades?
Also what about ningxiared red by young living. Also, i think i am not understanding, it looked like it said that the Paleo diet has a lot of nightshades in it, but then it looks like people in the posts above are going to start it? I have read so much info that maybe i am just overwhelmed right now. HS can certainly benefit from the autoimmune protocol, which is an offshoot of Paleo that excludes nightshades and other foods likely to exacerbate autoimmune disease.
Thank you so very much for writing about this! This web page is amazing. I have been battling for almost two years now with strange symptoms. I have Hashimotos and only discovered in Feb this year about gluten despite going to many doctors, and ENT specialist and having an MRI which was clear, so they said i was simply depressed, I tried the meds cause i was desperated but…I felt like I had been poisoned so i stopped I had awful neurological problems, with what is described in some of the above posts in peoples hands and feet but in my head, sometimes it felt like my brain was on fire, my skull seemed to be tight and prickly from the inside of my brain to down the sides of my face, my balance was unsteady, the anxiety and panic sometimes so bad I couldnt walk to the letterbox.
Just horrific, I thought I was dying and sometimes just wished I would. I couldnt take anything to alleviate the awful horror of what I was going through, I didnt know what was wrong and no-one seemed to know either to help me. Its an awful place to be, sick, desperate, not having a clue why and noone seemed to know or understand. I researched so many different things and found out about the arm, wrist, feet and leg pain, but nothing seemed to match the awful symptoms going on in my head.
Then I discovered this site and read about nightshades. I have been eating a steady variety of most of them since going gluten free, especially potatoes, which I love. I couldnt believe it when I saw this post. I am sitting here thinking, really?? As of this minute I am dropping all nightshades from my diet. I pray this is the final bit of the puzzle.
Has anyone else ever suffered nuerological symptoms as well? I would be so happy to know if someone else could identify with me, because I feel very alone in this. All so very interesting thank you! I have removed wheat, dairy and soy from my diet, suffered chronic depression for many years before removing these. I have noticed recently that night shades particularly potatoes bring back depression and joint pain.
The back of my neck on the right side becomes inflamed which moves up into my eye, which in turn becomes a migraine and then i feel like vomiting sorry. When the migraine is caused by a night shade it takes a lot longer to feel well again. I also find that bringing down the inflammation in my neck takes a long time too.
So i agree with a former persons comment that the symptoms caused by wheat etc pass a lot quicker than the symptoms caused by the night shades! I will also add that i found out in that all antidepressants and mental illness medications i looked into had lactose in them and that this in turn keeps those suffering from these illnesses permanently unwell while they take them, so if you felt like the medication was poisoning you, you were most likely very right!
Since coming off medication i have lost 20kg. It sounds like you are going through the same neuro problems that I have been going through. My Neurologist told me that he believes that the health problems that I have been experiencing are actually a form of migraine.
It is similar to the Paleo diet. If you are interested in it, there is a lot of good information about it at http: I have been on this diet for about 4 months and I am doing much better. I found the PaleoMom. It looks like this website has just what I was looking for! I have seen multiple doctors with no result.
Unexplained inflammation in only one arm and now severe pain in the elbow of that same arm. I also having extreme joint pain.
I have not started any type of diet, Paleo or otherwise and until this post had never even heard of a night shade. I guess my question is, will your book be a helpful resource for me to get started.? Tammy, I just want to encourage you as you begin this journey.
I have a deep love for food, good food, ALL food, and thought I would never be able to give up the things that were making me sick. There is so much helpful info out there. I also suffer from hypothyroidism and Hasimotos….. How can I proceed when I do not eat meat. Seafoods, fish, pastured meat! Hi Sarah, Basically, I have a horrifying, chronic skin-blistering condition on my face along with neurological symptoms and kidney problems for almost 3 years now. Any kind of heat seems to activate it, especially uv exposure.
Also, my property is surrounded by woods with wetlands. I would love to send some pics of plants and face. Maybe you could shed some light on it? My neighbor was doing lawn work and walked over to chat. He immediately told me that my face was looking so much better. Anyhow, the sun came out and was beating down on me. We continued to talk for about min. During that time, I gradually felt like I was being cooked from the inside-out! It took everything in me to walk home and crawl up 15 stairs.
I got to the bathroom. Short of breath, trembling, heart-beat was intense and sluggish at the same time. I looked in the mirror. I already had a large pustule or blister between my eyebrows, my eyes were bloodshot and burning like crazy, and sweating profusely. I rinsed my face with cold water. There was a huge, circular raw spot. I still felt horrible. I put some neosporin and a bandage on it and get to bed. All I remember after that was not having energy to set the alarm and praying that my life insurance would cover this if I never woke again.
I missed the bus, so I had to pick kids up from school and husband was on his way home from work. When my hubby got home, I explained and went back to bed. I slept for 13 hrs. There is severe hyperpigmentation on sun-exposed areas with bizarre scar-patterns. The only thing that came back was seborrheic dermatitis. In conclusion, I am open to any and all ideas.
Including, what type of specialist might give me the time of day. Thank you so much for your time and understanding! I am so sorry to hear about all of that. Sarah has consultants available at ThePaleoMomConsulting. I tested positive for tomoatoes and potatoes.
I was very surprised since I had never had a problem I could link to anything I ate. After I cut them out for several months and then tried tomatoes again they made me very sick. Fortunatley not an anaphalactic reaction like I have with soy, but I was defintely very close to the bathroom all night. Is it possible to be allergic to tomatoes and not to other nightshades? I thought I was doing so well, and now have found that this adaptagen herb I thought was beneficial to me for thyroid issues and better restorative sleep is in fact something I should be eliminating.
I guess I need to ditch this supplement now? My mother for the past two years has had a terrible taste in her mouth. Started as a really sty taste on her tongue, went to her jaw area, turned into a metallic taste and has now gone into her throat area and makes her feel constantly sick. She is on no medication apart from Warfrin for the past four months due to a blood clot from a fall.
She has seen Doctors, dentists, Dental Specialist, all of them having no idea what is causing this. She has been given a mouthwash for throat and tongue thrush with no results. She is 74 and has kept good health all her life apart from two knee replacements.
Any thoughts from you would be appreciated. The othre day I had a chili cheeesebugrer and French fries with ketchupp. DO you thin this cuodl be a nightshade attack? Makes it hard eating out and shopping. Most gluten free flours have potato starch. I have serious auto-immune issues. I eliminate a food for three weeks, then re-introduce it prior to eliminating it. I try this three times. If I find significant improvement without the food and issues on reintroduction I eliminate a food.
I treat my body as a science lab. I was curious about the wolf berry though. My daughter took her three-year-old daughter off all nightshades because she was complaining of joint pains and she is now pain-free and seems physically stronger.
We also noticed that her eyes are now focusing better she normally has strabismus. Is this possible or a coincidence? I am sorry in advance, but really?
I have a restaurant and allergies have become all the rage. What about just eating a balanced diet? Think about something other than yourself. Wake up and decide to feel good. I know that some people have serious allergies, but things like this seem disrespectful to those people.
While in France last year for three months , I was cooking for a book, and I kept asking people if they had any allergies and they looked at me like I was crazy. Because most eat everything.
No one else in the world does this. Deborah, thank you for your comment. It is through comments such as yours conversations are sparked and experiences are shared albeit with quite a peppering of self righteous indignation.
Hopefully someone will be helped as a result of the shared experience brought out below as a result of your complaint. I agree with you to some extent, that allergies or more appropriately immune and autoimmune issues seem to disproportionately affect citizens in the US as compared to other developed, let alone undeveloped nations and cultures.
These unnatural chemicals both good and bad…harmful or benign are so prevalent and embedded in our lives and environment that I fear the situation in this country will continue to get worse for some time. I suffer inflammation a lot. I restricted my diet of many things. Last night I went out and was very careful but have yet to eliminate the night shades. I feel achy today and I think it could be from the eggplant. I react to peppers horribly too. Time to give up these up too?
What an uneducated comment. You have no idea. After having children with severe food allergies, and finding out what difference eating carefully makes in their health and well being, I have to wonder if every sickly or hyper kid is showing us his food allergy.
I have had chronic hives every single day for the past 5 years. It is not because I decided to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Certain foods trigger these hives. Dairy, Pork, Seafood, alcohol and recently discovered that nightshades too are a major trigger. When you get to the cause of leaky gut certain glutens and understand that other foods the leak though become food sensitivities, you can appreciate how any food can become problematic. The cure is to cut out all food sensitive foods, and heal your leaky gut.
Then after 9 months or so, you can begin to reintroduce these foods nightshades, for example into your diet one at a time. If there is third party peer-reviewed science proving nightshades cause leaky gut — not simply permeate it after the fact — please share here with link.
Amen David and John. Deborah, I appreciate your comment, but be aware the food regulations in Eutope are much stricter than they are here. For example no GMO is allowed. Interestingly, many who have gluten sensitivity here are able to eat wheat in Europe, myself included.
My younger daughter has ADHD and several neurological deficits that are exacerbated by gluten and dairy. When I eat nightshade a my tongue blows up like a balloon. For many people this is real. Our only defense is diligent label reading and being an educated consumer about what you are actually eating. It must be nice not to suffer from, or know anyone who suffers from autoimmune diseases that completely rob you of your life.
Food intolerances, not allergies are so much more formidable than people give them credit for. My husband has a fused thumb from the arthritis that developed because of undiagnosed coeliac disease. You, Deborah, are obviously someone who has lived such a charmed life as to not have had or known anyone closely enough that has had any type of autoimmune disease.
As someone who has always eaten well, I. When you go from being an active Mom, wife, doctor, and volunteer to being someone who cannot move because of pain and inflammation due to an autoimmune disease, you come to know how deleterious nightshades can be for your health if you have one of these horrible diseases, that, by the way, have no cure. You might want to do your research before making such ignorant and sophomoric statements.
In fact, I feed her a VERY balanced diet, and thought that many of these nightshade vegetables tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant were good for her, but come to find out they are slowly killing her! You are ignorant and stupid, and as the owner of a restaurant you should be ashamed of your lack of concern for your patrons allergies! I sincerely hope no one with an allergy enters your restaurant and encounters your cavalier attitude and it ends up in severe allergic reaction and a LAWSUIT for you.
You cannot sue a restaurant owner regarding the food they serve in their establishment. What an ignorant comment, she mentions what her reaction to it is! I am in a similar boat, with gluten, no I do not have celiac, so people like you think I am crazy and faking it. So I went gluten free, and wow, my stomach is finally happy, I forgot what a normal tummy was actually like before this.
I guarantee you that an extensive food allergy panel would show that her body freaks out when exposed to nightshades and everything else she is avoiding for health.