Nightshade refers to foods and spices in the Solanaceae plant family.

Nightshade vegetables are part of the Solanaceae plant family and contain alkaloids such as solanine. In large quantities, this alkaloid can be toxic and has been linked to inflammation in the body. Nonetheless, some positive health benefits of these vegetables include the nutrients they offer, like vitamin C, lycopene, potassium, and manganese. However, there are also some risks associated with eating nightshade vegetables.

Perhaps the biggest risk is “leaky gut” or when the lining of the digestive tract does not function properly. Some individuals may also be allergic to nightshade vegetables, which they can notice through symptoms such as hives, mouth-tingling, and swelling. While they do offer beneficial nutrients, nightshade vegetables may not be suitable for people with autoimmune conditions.

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Ashuni Pérez is a writer in the culinary, as well as health and wellness industries. With a background in teaching and digital media, she loves to learn and help others discover more about their food, where it comes from, and how best to prepare it. A foodie through and through, she is always searching for new recipes and the freshest ingredients.