Nightshade Allergy

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Allergies to nightshade plants are common throughout the western part of the world since they are common staples in the typical modern diet. Many people associate their aching joint pain as old age or over-use when in fact it is really an allergic reaction to the consumption of nightshade foods.

The nightshade family of plants are eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and yes . . . even blueberries and tobacco. These plants have alkaloids which can cause inflammation and cause allergic reactions. If a person is allergic to one nightshade food, then there is a 75% chance they will be allergic to all nightshades.

Nightshade allergies seem to have more symptoms than other food allergens. Here is a partial list of symptoms which can result from a nightshade allergy:

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Skin swelling

The good news is; there are great alternatives to cooking with nightshade foods and just takes some practice like anything else. The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook written by Cybele Pascal is an excellent book with a good range of recipes for people with allergies.

About the author: Consuelo Vanderof is a master chef for a fine dining establishment in Seattle Washington and writes for a local cuisine magazine in her spare time.

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  • [...] (This is overall a good article, but the common blueberries in the US are not the same plant family and haven’t caused me any problems. There are other berries, however that must be avoided- see above) [...]

  • Thanks for posting this! I have been dealing with a severe nightshade allergy for years. At first it only caused digestive issues and migraines. It wasn’t until I started having swelling of the throat that they finally pinned down what was causing these health issues for so many years. I am glad that there is more and more information out there on food allergies, especially nightshades.

  • Rebecca:

    For the record, blueberries are NOT a nightshade.

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    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for cazat

  • Marcelle:

    I have serious inflammation issues. One Dr has labeled me as a borderline lupus patient with rheumatoid arthritis and it’s been 14 years. About 10 years ago I learned from Dr Don Colbert about night shade plants. When I eliminated, I found great relief. Grapefruit was an other contributing factor. We don’t have blue berries where I’m from. It’s not night shade but it causes similar flare ups like the night shade plants. My Dr did not think they were the cause. But she was wrong!

    I’ve very thankful for the mental, physical and emotional relief I’ve gotten from the change in diet. But it can be very problematic when I’m away from home or go out to eat. Is there any way to deal with the allergies apart from eliminating these foods?

    • admin:

      Actually Don Colbert is one of our favorite doctors and we have a lot of respect for him.

      Thanks for your comments!
      he Team

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