Low Nightshade Diet - Food guidelines

Low Nightshade Diet - Food guidelines

Dietary Guidelines for a low nightshade diet

"Nightshades" is the common name for a group of plants belonging to a scientific order called Polemoniales and to a scientifically family called Solanaceae.

Nightshade plants produce substances known as alkaloids to protect themselves from insects. Alkaloids can impact nerve-muscle function, trigger inflammatory reactions, digestive disorders and compromise joint and bone integrity.

The Most Common Foods in the Nightshade Category are:

  • Belladonna
  • Cayenne
  • Chilli
  • Eggplant
  • Goji Berry
  • Mandrake
  • Paprika
  • Peppers
  • Pimentos
  • Potatoes
  • Tobacco
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Tamarillo
  • Wolfberry

      Tips for reducing nightshade alkaloid exposure:

      • Cooking reduces alkaloid content of nightshade foods by about 30 to 50%.
      • Thickly peel nightshade food as most alkaloids are at the skin.
      • Eat fresh and avoid old nightshade foods.
      • Discard any green or sprouted potatoes.
      • Or remove any green or sprouted areas of potatoes before cooking.
      • The green and sprouting spots indicate high alkaloid levels.
      • Store a potato somewhere that is cool, dry and dark.
      • Keep potatoes away from light. The exposure to light will increase alkaloid formation.