Here's a list of common edible nightshades:
- Bush tomatoes
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili pepper flakes
- Chili powder
- Curry powder
- Garam Masala spice
- Paprika spice
- Red pepper
- Red pepper flakes
Is it necessary for everyone to avoid nightshades? Probably not.But if you're trying to heal from an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, avoiding them for a month is probably worth a shot. It can't hurt, and if it helps to relieve joint pain or inflammation, why not? If you think you may have a slight sensitivity to nightshades, but you aren't willing to cut the entire list out of your diet, reducing the amount you consume may help. In addition, make sure you are properly preparing your food to reduce the levels of chemicals they may contain. Here are a few tips:
- Peel all potatoes (avoid the skin, where alkaloids are usually found).
- Avoid green tomatoes and sprouting potatoes (unripe nightshades are higher in alkaloids).
- Cook nightshade vegetables before you eat them (this will help reduce alkaloid content).