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My listing of Nightshades and foods that contain Solanine

December17

(above:  Cladogram showing the relationship between the three genera of the Solanaceae family)

Here’s the list that I’ve been gathering of foods that are nightshades or contain Solanine.  I keep the list in an app on my phone so that I have it with me at the grocery store.  Let me know if I’m wrong about any of these.  When you’re first starting the diet, looking at this huge list may be a bit overwhelming.  Especially if you’re suffering from fatigue.  It’s better to start small and work your way up than to not try at all, so start with the “Main Offenders” and work your way up:

Main Offenders:
Eggplant
Potatoes (sweet potatoes are okay)
Sweet and Hot Peppers
Tomatoes

Alphabetized List:
Ascorbyl Palmitate (it’s potatoes)
Ashwagandha
Baking Powder?  (according to this website it says “All baking powder [...] seems to contain potato, though it is not listed on the label.” This is not accurate.  There are some with corn starch instead of potato or the generic “starch” on the label. Sarah says to try Clabber Girl brand as it contains corn starch as opposed to potato starch – thanks, Sarah!)
Banana Peppers
Cayenne
Chayote
Chili Peppers
Datil
Eggplant
Goji Berries
Habanero
Hot Peppers (hmm, a generic catch-all, I think)
Jalapeno Peppers
Kakamachi
Modified Food Starch (watch out for starch if it doesn’t say where it’s derived from)
Palmitate Vitamin A (I found this in margarine and milk, it can be from potatoes)
Paprika (seems to be in all sorts of things: mayo, hotdogs, mustard, sausage)
Pepinos
Pickles (I’ve found that most pickles contain peppers :-( )
Pimentos
Potatoes (sweet potatoes are okay)
Shellac Wax (comes from Lac beetle that feeds on Wolfberry plants, found on shiny fruit and veggies, commonly not listed in ingredients)
Solanum
Starch (if it doesn’t say where it’s derived from, check with the manufacturer)
Sweet Peppers (black pepper is okay)
Thai Peppers
Tobacco
Tobasco
Tamarios
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Wax Peppers
Wolfberries
Yeast (according to this website “Most yeast contains potato, both baking yeast and beer yeast. Red Star yeast does not contain potato.”)

Herbs / Plants:
Banewort (another name for nightshade)
Belladonna / Atropa Belladonna (used in Homeopathy, found in Viagra)
Bittersweet (Atropine Belladonna)
Brugmansia
Datura
Devil’s Cherries (another name for nightshade)
Devil’s Herb (another name for nightshade)
Divale (another name for nightshade)
Dubiosia
Dwale (another name for nightshade)
Dwayberry (another name for nightshade)
Great Morel (another name for nightshade)
Henbane
Hyoscyamus
Jimson Weed
Mandrake
Mandragore
Nightshade / Deadly Nightshade
Petunias (yes, the flower)

These aren’t Nightshades, but they contain Solanine:
Artichokes (I read that they contain solanine, but lost my source)
Blueberries (I read that they contain solanine, but lost my source)

Unsure of these:
Kava Kava – I saw this in a nightshades list somewhere else, but I’m thinking it’s just in the pepper family and not actually a nightshade.  If someone could let me know to clear that up, that would be great!
Cherries, ground (this is “ground cherries” as in cherries that grow close to the ground – not chopped cherries.  It was mentioned in a forum somewhere)
Huckleberries (I read that they contain solanine, but lost my source)
Okra (I read that they contain solanine, but lost my source)
Vitamin A Palmitate (I read on a website somewhere that it’s potatoes, but recently have been told it could just be from Palm.  I’ve found in margerine, milk, ham, heavy cream, whipped cream, cheese)

Questionable(check with manufacturer to see where derived from)
Cellulose
Dextrins
Dextrose (can be potatoes, check your salt and baking powder ingredients!)
Lactic acid (generally made from fermented corn or potatoes)
Magnesium Stearate
Maltodextrin / Mdltrin  (can be derived from potato or corn)
Starch

Chemicals / Drugs / Medicines:
Acrylamide
Aspirin – can contain nightshades?
Atropine
Chaconine
Hyoscine (another name for scopolamine)
Nicotine
Scopolamine (common in motion sickness meds)
Solanine
Viagra (contains belladonna)

NOT Nightshades:
Black Pepper
White Pepper
Green Peppercorns (not bell pepper)
Sichuan Pepper
Tasmannia
Long Pepper

Also toxic:
Brazilian Pepper
Cauliflower (contains nicotine, I mention this because I want to avoid nicotine)

119 Comments to

“My listing of Nightshades and foods that contain Solanine”

  1. On January 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm Crystal Says:

    Thanks. I’m just beginning to do an elimination diet for gas (and constipation). Maybe IBS? This list really helped me go beyond potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.

  2. On March 16th, 2011 at 11:28 am sickuminatus Says:

    thanks for your list…have been using olives as a salad topping, and of course the cheaper brands all have pimentos stuffed in them…now i will have to pay for the ritzy ones stuffed with artisan mountain goat cheese or whatever

    according to this article, blueberries are not a nightshade:

    http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/1897-nightshades.html

    The nightshades are members of an enormous family of plants called Solanaceae, represent a huge family of plants. The ones that concern us in the Western diet mainly include tomatoes, potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams), eggplant and peppers—this means all peppers including chili peppers, habenero, cayenne pepper and paprika (not peppercorns, see sidebar). Paprika is a sneaky one, showing up in lots of flavoring mixes and often under “spices” on ingredient labels. Other nightshades include goji berries (the new darling of the antioxidant crowd), ashwagandha (an adaptogenic herb from Ayurvedic medicine), Cape gooseberries (not normal gooseberries), ground cherries and garden huckleberries (not blueberries).

  3. On April 7th, 2011 at 4:01 pm jenifer Says:

    Yes, you are correct in that blueberries are NOT a nightshade. But, I do still have them on my list because they contain Solanine. I really should more clearly identify those in the list. Thanks!

  4. On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:28 am Nancy Says:

    Thank you!!! This helps so much! I was in a wheel chair for 3 years, due in part to severe joint pain from eating foods I didn’t know contained solanine. I never want to go back to that! You are a blessing.

  5. On April 27th, 2011 at 9:17 pm Deb Cee Says:

    Thank you Thank you so so much!!!

  6. On May 1st, 2011 at 9:36 am Markeeta Says:

    Thank you for this comprehensive list!

  7. On June 12th, 2011 at 4:16 pm trinity Says:

    are you sure kava kava contains solanine? I’ve never seen that anywhere. I can’t find any reference that says it does, where did you find it? I avoid all solanine except kava….I never knew it might have solanine, this is bad news.

  8. On June 13th, 2011 at 8:02 am Susan McRae Says:

    Thanks so much for this! I added quite a few things to my list from your site. I have a list with some things not on yours if you want it.

    I had to take anti-biotics (giant white pills). I was so congested and my severe leg cramps came back. Some Rx meds contain potato as a filler. I do wish they had to label everything in foods, supplements and Rx meds.

  9. On June 13th, 2011 at 4:32 pm jenifer Says:

    Good question! I was digging through my various notes and don’t have a reference listed. I must have found it in someone else’s list somewhere. I’ll try to track down more info.

  10. On June 13th, 2011 at 4:55 pm jenifer Says:

    So far, I’m finding that Kava Kava is in the pepper family but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a nightshade. I’ve seen other individuals claim it is, but I’ve found nothing “official” about it yet. If you find something, let me know, I’ll keep looking in the mean time.

  11. On July 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm Jenna Says:

    Thanks for the great list. I am aware of nightshade but was lured by all the yummy tomatoes. Ugh. Now I’m suffering.

    One other food item that causes terrible joint pain for me is green tea. So if you or any of your readers are experiencing ongoing pain, I suggest you cut out tea – especially green tea for a few days and see what happens. I saw huge improvement once stopping these drinks.

    :-)

    Jenna

  12. On August 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm Jonny Says:

    Hi,

    I was interested if you had some references that show these non-nightshade foods – blueberries, okra, artichoke, huckleberry, strawberry, ground cherries have solanine in them. I can not find any, except for various people chatting on the net. This is not to say that these foods do not cause pain for some individuals.

    Thanks

  13. On August 12th, 2011 at 8:10 am jenifer Says:

    Drat. This is what happens when you start gathering a list for yourself from books and the internet and not documenting the sources of them. I should pull those out of the list and make them questionable. Or maybe I should just point everyone to Michael Fowler’s book instead of having the list on my site.

  14. On August 15th, 2011 at 9:13 pm Jonny Says:

    Hi,

    Sorry to be annoying. I have both Michael Fowlers and Norman Childers books and I don’t believe I came across them saying to refrain from blueberries, strawberries ground cherries, huckleberries, okra or artichokes.

    If you have a page reference I am happy to eat my own words.

    Its still a great list :-)

  15. On September 9th, 2011 at 12:35 pm jenifer Says:

    Yeah, I can’t find my reference anymore, either. It’s definitely not in Fowler’s book. So, I probably stumbled upon someone’s misinformation on their site and just compounded the issue by including them on mine. I’ve moved those foods into their own section on the off chance I come across the original site that I found it posted on. Thanks!

  16. On October 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm Ingrid Walker Says:

    In the fall of ’08 I was diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia. I picked up a copy of “What Your Dr. May Not Have told You About Fibromyalgia.” By Dr. St. Amand .In it he talks about FM being caused by a Build up of Phosphates, that FM sufferers’s Kidneys are unable to flush out. In order for the body’s survival, it must store it in places farthest away from major organs. Thus the 18 pressure point of PAIN! He then states that in his CA. Clinic he uses Guaifinisen (Musinex) to flush it out. But that The Guai takes up the same receptors as Salicylates. Therefore one must avoid them, specially TOPICALLY. I have been practicing Applied Kinesiology for more than 25 years. I Muscle test ALL THE TIME and find I must not eat or use Sals or Most Night shades.recently I realized that anything that had Paprika in it would cause my throat to tighten up and I begin to cough uncontrollably. (most embracing when entertaining!)MY Theory(after testing dozens of people w/FM) is that we are ALL not only sensitive but might have HASTENED our FM demise.

  17. On October 5th, 2011 at 3:53 pm Ingrid Walker Says:

    One of the best ways I have found to reveal possible sensitivities,and to know what I can and cannot consume is to Muscle Test it (Applied Kinesiology). It is very simple to learn. It takes a little practice, But has MANY benefits. One of which is being master of your own body! I test everything from the detergents I use to the food my cat needs for her health. TRY IT!
    I have been in the Alternative health Industry for more than 25 years, and practiced A.K. almost the same amount of time.

  18. On October 6th, 2011 at 11:54 am jenifer Says:

    That’s really interesting! I have definitely found that I have a problem when consuming too much phosphate. Take a look at the ingredients of common store bought baking powders. The Rumford brand was the absolute worst for me – just look at the ingredients and see the phosphates everywhere. I now mix up my own baking powder – it’s kind of a pain to measure out and it gets kind of foamy when you mix it with wet ingredients.

  19. On October 18th, 2011 at 6:41 pm Jen Says:

    For people looking for documentation about non-solanaceae family plants that contain solanine: Principles of Human Nutrition by Martin Eastwood lists apples, artichokes and blueberries; National Toxicology Program lists apples, sugar beets and huckleberry (also known as bilberry & relative of blueberry). The NTP also has an error listed… they list cherries, which is incorrect. I think they should have listed Ground Cherries, which come from a shrub that grows close to the gorund and is definitely part of the solanaceae family, not regular Bing or Tart cherries which grow on trees and do not contain solanine. I try to follow an all plant-based diet and occasionally use nutritional yeast, which is an inactive yeast derived from cane molasses and beet molasses. I wonder since this yeast grows on a beet product, if it contains solanine? Many medications, vitamins & supplements use excipients/fillers that are derived from starch and it can be difficult to know if that starch is from corn, wheat or potato. Dr. Gloria Gilbere has some vitamins on her website and I’m assuming that they don’t have any solanine products added. I recently read label and found out Beano has potato starch in pill form. Will have to check into their liquid drops.

  20. On October 18th, 2011 at 6:48 pm Jen Says:

    Some stevia packets also have dextrose.

  21. On January 16th, 2012 at 4:19 pm Sean Says:

    Jen, thank you for the most comprehensive list I have found on solanine-containing plants and foods.

    I wound up here as a result of researching possible dietary causes of a severe case of hyperhidrosis that I have been suffering from for ~20 years. I had no idea that solanine could aggravate fm as well. Your site has inspired me to look a little more closely at solanine toxicity, and I am beginning to think my sensitivity to this compound may very well be the cause of some intestinal issues that I had previously attributed to gluten intolerance.

    Anyway, I managed to ramble on about myself more than I had planned, so I will leave it at that; thought it was worth a mention in case you know anyone suffering from HH.

    I wish you love and light on your journey of wellness!

  22. On February 24th, 2012 at 12:28 pm rob Says:

    Only by experimenting with our own bodies do we we realize how much the College of Physicians aren’t telling us. (They have a conflict of interest). One MD told me: 85 percent of all diseases are self-healing.

    The info you pubilshed here is a guide in the Do It Yourself healing process.

    Thanks, live long, and prosper!

  23. On April 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 am Nicki Says:

    Thanks so much for your list :) my allergy tests came back last week and I am also gluten, peppers, tomatos, potatos, soy, dairy, wheat, strewberry, honey and many others allergic. I have struggled to find anything to eat even chicken is feed soy which I have to avoid. This list helps me eliminate the deadly nightshade family easier :) I have found an egg white protein powder which I am experimenting with as my previous protein powder has soy and dairy powders. Good work your site :) thanks so much.

  24. On June 2nd, 2012 at 1:15 am Rachel Says:

    Wow – you just described my husband and son. Thank you for putting this together and explaining what you think is in certain foods that could be the problem. I’d started suspecting nightshades as the origin of the majority of their problems but some of the foods they had issues with didn’t seem to fit. Like apples and grapefruit – both set off allergic reactions but weren’t nightshades. Also, mango caused a reaction. So fascinating! Great information and excellent work. I hope you continue to update as you discover/investigate.

  25. On June 27th, 2012 at 9:45 am Jeanna Says:

    You said that your created an app for your phone that was a list of the nightshade foods. I am interested in this app.
    I have major eczema on my hands and legs. I have come to the conclusion that I am allergic to potatoes, but after viewing the list of the nightshade foods, there are other things that I intake that is probably contributing to my eczema. Thank you so much in any help that you can give me on this that will make my life easier to live without eczema!

  26. On July 6th, 2012 at 5:49 am Betty Teague Says:

    I have been living with SLE for over 20 years and have been experimenting with my diet via Jill Harrington’s book titled \The Lupus Diet\ and I believe I should now be looking at nightshades also. Could you please e-mail me your app you have created for your phone. Thanks.

  27. On August 12th, 2012 at 3:54 pm Ash Lauer Says:

    Very good list thanks! I hurt my back, and I was told by my Doc to cut out the nightshades to see if any of the pain left over will go away. Sucks though becouse I LOVE salsa and hot sauce.

    I live in Alaska, and we pick our own bluebarries here. They are not even close the the huge fat ones you see at the store. I wonder if they are chemically different at all.

  28. On October 2nd, 2012 at 11:16 am claire clark Says:

    help please are apples just any apples a problem too
    I have had a few ın the last few days had a nose bleed and trots.
    I have a few alergıes beıng daıry fısh wheat and deadly nıghtshade
    thankyou claıre

  29. On October 2nd, 2012 at 11:20 am jenifer Says:

    hmm… apples themselves aren’t nightshades. If you go a week without eating apples, then try them again, do the symptoms come back? Be sure to use the same apples you were eating before.

  30. On October 2nd, 2012 at 11:22 am claire clark Says:

    thankyou Jenifer Ill gıve ıt a go havnt had them for a whıle and no real problems but had some the last few days but ıll leave them for a few days and see what happens thanks agaın

  31. On October 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 am jenifer Says:

    Yeah, give it a good week before eating them again. There’s all sorts of bugs (flu, colds, etc) going around right now, too. It could also have been a batch of apples with a bit of mold or something on them. It’s sometimes hard to get them clean enough.

  32. On October 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 pm Bethaney Says:

    great list, I have a question, if pickles don’t contain peppers/any other nightshades, are they ok to eat? My indredients only says: baby cucumbers, water, salt, sugar

  33. On October 4th, 2012 at 9:14 am jenifer Says:

    I’m surprised there isn’t any vinegar in there. Isn’t that what makes a pickle? Watch out for the generic “spices” ingredient, though.

  34. On October 9th, 2012 at 5:32 pm Bethaney Says:

    not sure they need to add vinegar because i think the process of adding salt to the vegetable and letting it ferment is what causes the pickling?
    Thanks for the advice on generic spices, I have seen that on lots of them and never thought about that, seems obvious now you’ve mentioned it!

  35. On October 24th, 2012 at 8:12 am Mhalissa Says:

    This is also a great list for people with Fibromyalgia. I have been looking for a nightshade list. Thanks!

  36. On November 4th, 2012 at 9:05 am reena Says:

    How about some meal suggestions? I don’t know what to eat anymore :/. I’m vegetarian, too, and breastfeeding a toddler who has eczema.

  37. On November 4th, 2012 at 9:09 am reena Says:

    oh, i just found the recipe page. i really have to re-think vegetarianism, but i really don’t want to eat meat again :( . it’s been 20 years…

  38. On November 6th, 2012 at 12:17 pm jenifer Says:

    Oh, sorry about that! I have meat-eaters here at home. Maybe people could contribute some ideas? I’d love to post them. I will reiterate how bad a cook I am. If I could find a way to get veggies into my significant other, I’d jump at it. hahaha

  39. On December 5th, 2012 at 4:30 pm lesley Says:

    Wonderful list! Many thanks!!

  40. On December 7th, 2012 at 2:10 am thelma Says:

    Very interesting comments and info….only recently chatting to someone who didnt find it strange (as most people i know do!) that i DO NOT like the taste of potatoes and tomatoes and never have…..what a revelation….i also dont like the other listed under nightshade…..i can just about eat things with tomato cooked in as long as i dont get any lumps of tomato ..and do not like too much pepper etc in my food…..i also have arthritis (since i was 30) and suffer from severe sleep apnoea…..my one big weakness for snacking on was crisps(the only way i can eat potato) but not any more….i now think i am going to arrange for allergy testing as this has made me aware that the crisps may have contributed to my sleep apnoea (severe tiredness & ceasing to breathe)…..many thanks for all your interesting information…

  41. On December 7th, 2012 at 9:52 am jenifer Says:

    Other things to take into consideration about crisps/potato chips is the oil they are cooked in as well as any preservatives added to the bags to keep them fresh.

  42. On February 12th, 2013 at 9:39 pm Tori Says:

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62

    Foods considered to be nightshades

    Nightshade vegetables and fruit

    The most famous food members of the nightshade family include potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum), many species of sweet and hot peppers (all species of Capsicum, including Capsicum annum), and eggplant (Solanum melongena). Less well know, but equally genuine nightshade foods include ground cherries (all species of Physalis), tomatillos (Physallis ixocapra), garden huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum), tamarillos (Cyphomandra betacea), pepinos (Solanum muricatum), and naranjillas (Solanum quitoense). Pimentos (also called pimientos) belong to the nightshade family, and usually come from the pepper plant Capsicum annum. Pimento cheese and pimento-stuffed olives are therefore examples of foods that should be classified as containing nightshade components. Although the sweet potato, whose scientific name is Ipomoea batatas, belongs to the same plant order as the nightshades (Polemoniales), it does not belong to the Solanaceae family found in this order, but to a different plant family called Convolvulaceae.

    This is a source I found that mentions the huckleberries and ground cherries.

    http://noarthritis.forumchitchat.com/post/NIGHTSHADE-VEGETABLES-LIST-2964919.

    And this was an interesting string.

  43. On February 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm Linda Says:

    I recently experierenced painful swelling in my knuckles as well as shoulder and wrist pain which lasted for a few days. Someone suggested I avoid nightshade plants. I am in my 60s and have never had any problems with the basic potatoes…tomatoes and peppers but since the first of the year I have ate a LOT of sweet peppers and tomatoes . Could it be I overloaded on them and need to back off instead of a solanine free diet ? I find your list very useful and will keep it as a reference but would appreciate your opinion
    Linda

  44. On February 25th, 2013 at 10:53 am jenifer Says:

    Hmm… swelling for a few days could be unrelated to what you’ve eaten. A good way to determine whether it is or not is to start logging what you’re eating throughout the day and any swelling or joint pain. Look for any trends with what you eat and how your body reacts.

  45. On May 5th, 2013 at 9:42 am Walter Says:

    Kava Kava is a member of the Piperaceae. Another member of the Piperaceae family is the Black Pepper.

  46. On May 5th, 2013 at 12:17 pm donna Says:

    I’ve just begun to try to eliminate solanine-containing products from my diet. (I’m in mourning over the loss of peppers and tomatoes.) After a week, I was doing much better, but this morning woke up with pain and swelling in my hands. When reviewing what I’d consumed the previous night, I found the likely culprit: the vodka in my cosmopolitan. Most vodka is made from potatoes.

    I have a question about soy, especially tofu. Is tofu problematic for people trying to eliminate solanine? I’d appreciate input.

  47. On May 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am jenifer Says:

    Hmm… soybeans themselves aren’t a nightshade and don’t contain solanine. As for tofu, I guess it depends on what might be mixed in with it. Soy itself might be problematic for you for different reasons as it is considered a common food allergen. So, if you think you’re reacting to it, try eliminating it for a while and then try it again and see if you react.

  48. On May 10th, 2013 at 5:32 am Maureen Says:

    Thanks for doing all that homework and putting it out there…You have provided a good service to many people.

  49. On May 20th, 2013 at 6:09 am Sarah Says:

    Getting rid of nightshades cleared up both my psoriasis and suspected hydrantentia supprativa (both autoimmune diseases) so there is definitely a link there. Anyone with autoimmune diseases, I definitely recommend going off nightshades

  50. On May 23rd, 2013 at 2:11 pm donna Says:

    A cooking idea: Asparagus is in season where I live and, mercifully, not a nightshade. I wanted to make cream of asparagus soup, but refuse to use cream. I found a recipe that used potato as a thickener. I thought I’d just omit it, but as I was cooking, I thought about other thickening agents. I had a box of baby rice cereal in the cupboard, so I mixed in about 1/2 c. It dissolved instantly and, now that I’m at the last stage (where I will mix in fat free milk instead of cream), I’m sure that the soup will be satisfyingly thick, without potatoes.

  51. On June 6th, 2013 at 7:35 pm Linda Clark Says:

    Hi everyone,
    I have been suffering something between IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome for the past 11 years, very debilitating not to mention embarrassing. Two months ago I discovered Dr. Cordain and the Palio Diet. After adjusting my diet I am 98% cured! I still have to address a few issues on night shades but am a totally different, confidant woman now. Please have a look into the Palio diet, you will see how we have been misguided for years into believing man made is better than natural foods.
    Hope this helps.
    Linda

  52. On June 9th, 2013 at 8:43 pm Gwen Kingston Says:

    I’ve been on a nightshade/gluten/dairy/soy/nut/alcohol free diet for 7 weeks. Do you think the diet should have worked by now? I noticed Sarah said that it cleared up her psoriasis…wondering how long it has taken others to feel relief from skin aliments?

    Thanks!

  53. On June 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am jenifer Says:

    I guess it depends on what is causing the skin ailment. I think there is only so much your body can do without medicinal help of some sort. Or it could be that you have a sensitivity to something completely different from what you’ve eliminated so far. It could be corn or eggs or even a chemical in a bath product. Hand soap. Lots of things to look at.

  54. On June 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am Kate Hicks McChesney Says:

    I feel that you should include nicotine in the main offender list, it is a nightshade and I personally can’t pass a person smoking without becoming ill.

    Also I eat mango nearly every day problem free, which isn’t to say you don’t have an allergy, but I don’t think it’s nightshade related.

    Great list, thank you so much for this.

  55. On June 24th, 2013 at 12:51 am Jenny Says:

    Hi
    I had fibromyalgia and associated joint pain, blurred vision etc. then changed to a non-nightshade diet with great results.
    The hidden nightshades are the most difficult to eliminate. Many prescription medications have ‘starch’ listed and I usually contact the manufacturer to find out whether it is potato starch or not. ( ditto over the counter painkillers.)
    Gravy granules,for instance, are based on potato flour.
    Apples have naturally occuring solanine according to several sources.
    I have also read that GM soya is ‘spliced’ with genes from the petunia plant, so I now avoid soya also. NB some high quality dark chocolate is soya free.
    Jenny.

  56. On July 11th, 2013 at 10:53 am Sarah J Says:

    Hi! I phoned Clabber Girl this morning and asked if their baking powder contained any potatoes or nightshade ingredients, the reply was \No, it is cornstarch\ She seemed quite knowledgeable and said something about them being a level 5? certified facility. Perhaps give them a call as well to see if their response fits your personal confidence level. Good luck!

  57. On July 11th, 2013 at 10:18 pm Sarah J Says:

    Hi again, with respect to Palmitate Vitamin A I couldn’t find any evidence to back this listing up. Any chance someone had a credible link showing how this is made from nightshades? It appears as though it’s usually synthetic (trans fatty acid of palm oil) or animal derived (if natural). Any thoughts?

  58. On July 12th, 2013 at 9:26 am jenifer Says:

    I wish I had kept the link or name of the source back when I started my list. All I remember is that it said “Vitamin A Palmitate – it’s potatoes.” I used to keep my nightshade listing in a notes app on my phone, but it became to big and cumbersome and I wasn’t keeping links in it. Kicking myself now for not doing that. Sorry!

  59. On July 24th, 2013 at 11:23 am Ferrell Says:

    I’m pretty sure that Clabbergirl baking powder has aluminum in it. Not good for your body. You can make your own baking powder with one part baking soda, and one part arrowroot powder. Especially good for those with corn allergies! For instance if my recipe called for a 1 and a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, then I would just had 3/4 tsp baking soda and 3/4 tsp arrowroot powder. It’s alright if the recipe also calls for more baking soda. It won’t affect it. I’ve been using this recipe for baking and even gluten free baking for about a year now and everything has always turned out wonderfully!

  60. On July 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm Sandy Says:

    @Jeanna

    I also suffer from excema and have found some relief in drinking 2 different teas. I thought I could share the info with you in hopes that it might offer you some relief also. I recently begin drinking nettle and burdock tea, it’s states that the two work wonders simultaneously, the whole idea is to remove toxins from the body. I suffer from both excema and acne and both conditions tend to set each other off, these teas have really began to help both of these conditions. From head to toe my skin is beginning to clear up, also the texture of my skin has changed, it has become once again soft and supple. Well good luck and hope you find some relief.

  61. On August 9th, 2013 at 8:27 am Tanya Says:

    Great list. Thank you very much. I am trying to find information about camu camu berries and so far no luck. Do you know if they are nightshades?

  62. On August 12th, 2013 at 1:38 pm jenifer Says:

    As far as I know, they are not a nightshade. But I’m definitely not an expert. I searched for “camu” in my book “Nightshade Free Pain Free” by Michael Fowler and it didn’t find any results. So, I’m thinking they are not.

  63. On August 12th, 2013 at 1:44 pm jenifer Says:

    It’s true that all nightshade plants contain nicotine, but is it also true that only nightshades contain nicotine? Are there other foods that contain nicotine that are not nightshades? I’m not sure of this. If anyone knows, that would be great if you would comment.

  64. On August 13th, 2013 at 3:01 am HeyLady Says:

    I didn’t notice anyone mention Morning Glory flowers… they are a nightshade. That’s actually how I discovered my allergy; my in-laws house is surrounded by them & every time I was there I ached worse than ever! Finally got me questioning the reason for my arthritic flare-ups.

    Also LSA is a psychedelic prepared from morning glory seeds- it should be avoided at all costs if you have a sensitivity to nightshades! I’ve also read that a form of morning glory is used as an asian vegetable & is called “water/swamp cabbage”.

  65. On August 13th, 2013 at 10:08 am jenifer Says:

    Hmm… I’m not sure this is accurate. Sweet potatoes are part of the Morning Glory family but are not a nightshade and are acceptable on a nightshade-free diet. The term “Morning Glory” does encompass a wide variety of plants. Is it possible that some are nightshades and some aren’t?

  66. On August 18th, 2013 at 11:13 pm Kaydee Says:

    Please put an image on your page, I need to pin this list.
    I have a nightshade allergy and this list rocks! Need to share with the world

  67. On August 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm Erika Says:

    Would you be able to create a list of foods that we CAN eat? I’m struggling with that a little. Perhaps you could put together a little meal plan? That would be much appreciated.

  68. On August 26th, 2013 at 10:27 am jenifer Says:

    That would be fabulous, wouldn’t it?? I really am a horrible cook, so if anyone else wants to contribute to a daily kind of meal plan, I’m sure we would all love to get more ideas on what in the world to cook.

  69. On August 26th, 2013 at 11:17 am jenifer Says:

    I added an image, but not sure if it will work for how you want to use it. I know Facebook seems to grab one of the advertisement images on the side of the page instead. Kind of frustrating. I need to upgrade the side but it hasn’t been too high on the priority list as of late.

  70. On August 29th, 2013 at 5:23 pm Melissa brown Says:

    Here’s a website claiming that apples, blueberries, okra, artichokes, sugar beets, cherries all contain solanine.

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/killer-tomatoes-and-poisonous-potatoes/

  71. On September 4th, 2013 at 1:17 pm Dennis Clarke Says:

    I have been researching nightshade plants for a friend. The common belief is they are related to the Deadly Nightshade plant. This is not the case. Nightshade plants grow mainly at night and not during daylight hours. Complicating this is the fact that some plants grow when enough water is available, or nitrogen, e.g. after a thunderstorm. Which often happens at night.

    My understanding is all plants contain something that causes allergy in some people, It is the degree of the reaction that counts. I am surprised that so many people cannot eat natural foods, foods that I enjoy. Now I read that phosphorous can be the cause of fibrositis is soothing I can pass along to a sufferer.

    Keep in mind that moderation in all things is good for the body, including moderation… From an 84yr old with only minor aches.

  72. On September 7th, 2013 at 2:16 pm Bridget Says:

    Thank you for this list, I am sooo gutted, fibromyalgia labelled and have been messing about with diet for years, yet only came across nightshades a couple of months ago, favorite foods, tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers (oohhhh the grief of letting these go!) especially cayenne & tobasco, and anything with yeast in it. Had cut all these out but have recently ADDED in ashwagandha, goji berries and blueberries (controversial or not, they’re off my agenda until I know for sure) on a daily basis. I could literally cry. I think I’ll just stop eating altogether. Already Gluten, soya, dairy, sugar (from every source), yeast, nightshade free – is there anything left worth eating? Oh, thank you so much for this list before I got totally disillusioned with the berries & ashwagandha reap havok while I was thinking they were great.

  73. On September 8th, 2013 at 4:21 pm Deanna Brewton Says:

    Thank you so much for this list it has helped tons. I was wondering if onions and carrots are safe to eat. I mean both grow underground and can hit sunlight and have green spots like potatoes. My other has a Solanine sensitivity and we are trying hard to remove it from her diet. Thank you for all your help,

    Deanna

  74. On September 9th, 2013 at 2:29 pm jenifer Says:

    As far as I know, onions and carrots are fine. I wish I could track down a listing of foods and their amount of solanine content.

  75. On September 9th, 2013 at 2:31 pm jenifer Says:

    Apples… I hadn’t heard of that one before. I’d be interested to read the scientific research on that one.

  76. On September 9th, 2013 at 2:37 pm jenifer Says:

    Oh! And if you’re still concerned about onions, you can try switching to leeks instead. I use leeks when making chicken broth or soup because it cuts down on the amount of salicylates in the broth. I just throw chicken, parsley, leeks, celery and a little salt and pepper into some water. Cover and boil for an hour and a half. Strain, and voila! broth. Sometimes I’ll just throw a few whole chickens into the soup pot if I can’t find chicken parts with bones in the store. But, it’s easier to get the meat off of the bones if you use breasts and thighs, though, as opposed to wings and legs.

  77. On September 9th, 2013 at 2:43 pm jenifer Says:

    Nightshades are indeed related to the Deadly Nightshade in that they are in the same plant family. They are part of the Solanaceae plant family. They are not the exact same plant, though, that’s true.

  78. On September 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 am Melissa Says:

    The most comprehensive list I’ve found yet. Thank you for the information.

  79. On October 15th, 2013 at 6:13 pm Barry Says:

    anyone know of green veg with solanine, cabbage and green beans and morning glory all suspect . But peas, green beans , broccoli,brussel sprouts ?

  80. On October 15th, 2013 at 6:40 pm Mary Says:

    I just had a reaction to Jerusalem artichokes also called sunchokes which are the tubers/roots of a type of sunflower. I did a web search and found a site that says that it is also part of the nightshade family.

  81. On December 27th, 2013 at 2:18 pm Daniel Says:

    Hello my name is Dan and I was diagnosed with Lyme’s back in 2006. My body chemistry changed and I realized I had developed salicylate sensitivity with swelling in the feet, hands and face with after eating foods in this category.You are doing a great job educating people with food allergies.
    Thanks so much.

  82. On January 2nd, 2014 at 10:32 am jenifer Says:

    As far as I know, cabbage, green beans, peas, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are all okay.

  83. On January 5th, 2014 at 7:05 pm ` Says:

    SALICYLATE sensitivity IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    I went to an amazing long-time “corrective” health doctor here in Denver. I had so many sensitivities including this big one. He put me on a special diet and routine, and my body corrected itself and now I don’t have the otherwise disruptive Salyicylate problems.. seek help and get better. I also used a book that was written that lists foods and varieties with their associated levels of Salicylate content – so helpful because although cherries are salicylates, Morello Cherries were very low. Some apples are high, but golden delicious are low. These are just a few examples. So getting off all the salicylates and healing my adrenals and gut, my body was able to “forget” most of the massive sensitivities that I had… best wishes.

  84. On January 5th, 2014 at 7:06 pm `Verna Says:

    BTW… Ground cherries are loaded with solanines! They are a member of the tomato/potato type plant – boy did I have a reaction to them!

  85. On February 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm psawyer Says:

    I had a reaction to a dish recently that contained allspice. I looked it up on the web – it is a pimento. Who knew. I haven’t seen it listed on any nightshade list.

  86. On February 11th, 2014 at 3:38 pm jenifer Says:

    Although allspice is known as a pimento, it isn’t a nightshade, which is why you’re not seeing it on nightshade lists. It comes from the green berries of the Pimenta dioica tree. The red pimentos that get stuffed into olives and such, on the other hand, are indeed a nightshade as they are a type of sweet chile pepper. Allspice is not, though.

  87. On February 13th, 2014 at 5:06 pm marci Says:

    just found this website yesterday and finished reading all of the comments today. i have been gluten free for 3 years and purely gluten free for 10 months. that is, purely meaning cosmetics, shampoo, etc. it has taken me 10 months to get rid of a gluten mark on my cheek that the dermatologist said was an age spot that would never go away. it took my husband, also purely gluten free for 10 months now, 8 months for his terrible rash to disappear. so in response to the woman who asked about a rash not going away after about two weeks. give it some time. i too am concerned about the solanine, and am ready to eliminate the nightshades. afterall, if i can do gluten and most of the salt in my diet and all of the acidic foods due to a gluten neuropathy, how difficult can it be to go one more step and get rid of the night shades and other things that have solanine and cause my joints to clog and have pain? i am ready to try it. i will keep everyone posted. already knew that potatoes were a problem with my joints. dont eat tomatoes because of the acid and the neuropathy, but all of the rest will have to go. thank you all for all of the information here.

  88. On February 15th, 2014 at 2:26 pm Carole Says:

    My favorite foods are tomatoes, potatoes and pizza. My second favorites are Greek yogurt and cheese-all cheese.
    I want and need to go gluten-dairy-nightshade free. I have horrible itching blistered hands, severe arthritis in low back, chronic migraines and irritable bowel. I’m a registered dietitian and have been a nutritionist for 30 years.
    Never turned to an elimination diet before but will try ANYTHING to feel better. Was previously mis-diagnosed with MS that turned out to be Lyme Disease. Resolved.
    Well, here goes – I’m giving up all the foods I enjoy in hope for better health. Wish me luck!

  89. On February 18th, 2014 at 11:14 am jenifer Says:

    Good luck! Elimination diets aren’t fun. Especially when it removes everything you like to eat. I remember seeing an interview with George Foreman and he said that if something tastes good when he eats it, he spits it out because it won’t be good for him. So sad to have to go through life like that. ugh.

  90. On March 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm FA foley Says:

    Best ever bars. You can eliminate or replace anything to suit your own body.
    1C buckwheat, 1/4 c of each- flax seed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashews or Brazil nuts, sesame seed, unsweetened coconut. Blend all til mealy in food processor. Add 1/2 C Enjoy Life chocolate chips(dairy and soy free), 1/3C natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), 1/3C maple syrup. 1/3C melted coconut oil, 1Tbsp vanilla(or less), 1/8tsp salt. Pulse all til it balls up, then spread on two pieces of parchment paper and flatten and square it off. Cut in squares and refrigerate an hour or so. Peal from paper, store in fridge.
    We eat this all day. Well worth the trouble of gathering the ingredients88

  91. On April 15th, 2014 at 11:44 am Karin Says:

    Please add tapioca to your list!! So many gluten-free cookies, sweets, breads, etc. contain tapioca starch/flour as a base these days, and I recently discovered that tapioca is derived from cassava which is a type of potato, also considered a nightshade. Knowing this is both fantastic (can eliminate yet another source of nightshade) but also sad (that’s the majority of my go-to sweets!). But, knowledge is power…

  92. On May 16th, 2014 at 5:19 pm jenifer Says:

    Hmm… I have the book “Nightshade Free Pain Free” by Michael Fowler. It has a very exhaustive listing of nightshades. Neither Cassava nor Tapioca are mentioned anywhere. Can you point me where you found it?

  93. On May 22nd, 2014 at 2:19 pm Mary Says:

    Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for your comprehensive list! I had to quit my job three months ago due to having a very debilitating \burning fire\ in my veins (that’s the only words I know of how to describe the feeling) and it would happen after I ate, especially in my left arm. This burning fire leads extreme weakness of muscles. Had to walk by holding on to the walls, on the really bad days. Was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. However, just this week, a chiro/naturopath found out that I was allergic to nightshades.

    Has anyone else felt this \burning fire\ in the upper torso/chest, shoulders, and arms?

    I appreciate your awesome huge list of nightshades. I was feeling overwhelmed in trying to come up with a list, until I ran across your list.

    Mary

  94. On May 22nd, 2014 at 2:22 pm Mary Says:

    Jennifer,
    I appreciate your awesome huge list of nightshades. I was feeling overwhelmed in trying to come up with a list, until I ran across your list.

    I had to quit my job three months ago due to having a very debilitating urning fire in my veins (that’s the only words I know of how to describe the feeling) and it would happen after I ate, especially in my left arm. This burning fire leads extreme weakness of muscles. Had to walk by holding on to the walls, on the really bad days. Was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. However, just this week, a chiro/naturopath found out that I was allergic to nightshades.

    Has anyone else felt this urning fire in the upper torso/chest, shoulders, and arms?

    Mary

  95. On May 23rd, 2014 at 11:16 am jenifer Says:

    Hmm… I don’t know. Is it more like a hot flash? Or like a fever? I haven’t heard of that before, but I’m definitely not an expert.

  96. On May 23rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm jenifer Says:

    Actually… now that I think about it, the burning could be associated with Lyme disease. I have a page here that you can visit: http://www.ceruleanpixel.com/tbi_questionnaire.php It has 38 questions on it. After you select your answers, click the button at the bottom, and it will show you how probable it is that you have a tick borne illness. Keep in mind that you can get some of these illnesses through other means other than a tick bite. Mosquitoes, blood transfusions, you can get Bartonella from your cat. Did you know that almost all cats are born with Bartonella now? So, when I see people with odd symptoms, that’s one of the things I think about. The burning sensation could be “Radiculoneuritis” and is a symptom of Lyme. Could be Babesia, too, but I’m not as familiar with that one. Unfortunately, the testing for Lyme is horribly inaccurate. The standard ELISA test that typical doctors do is only 52% accurate. That’s like a coin toss to figure it out.

  97. On July 1st, 2014 at 2:27 pm Kimberly Says:

    My dermatologist recently recommended that I try a nightshade free diet to help with my psoriasis. She included all non-organic corn products such as corn syrup, corn starch, etc. However, during my internet searches, I have never seen corn products listed as something to avoid on the nightshade free diet. What are your thoughts?

  98. On July 1st, 2014 at 2:36 pm jenifer Says:

    Hmm… well, corn isn’t a nightshade, but I can see where eliminating it might help with skin issues. If you have a leaky gut, those grains could cause all sorts of problems. Most corn is genetically modified, too, so that might be a factor as well.

  99. On August 13th, 2014 at 12:44 pm anita Says:

    Non organic corn is a problem because they are splicing tomato genes into regular corn to kill insects (it’s probably the solenine) even if you purchase non genetically modified corn if it has pollinated with the genetically modified corn it could have tomato genes too.

  100. On August 14th, 2014 at 2:42 pm jenifer Says:

    Really?? Wow, I hadn’t heard of that one. What will they think of next? sigh.

  101. On August 31st, 2014 at 11:10 am Linda Says:

    Jennifer,

    This website is a great resource for folks trying to figure out how to cure their chronic health issues! I noticed a few folks in the comments who have skin problems. Until my mid twenties I had extreme eczema, debilitating asthma and knock-me-down hayfever. Once it was explained to me that diet was the culprit in my health problems, it took me a few years to figure it all out. I’m now 66 and have had excellent health since I was 30. Eliminating nightshades was a big factor in that, but not the only factor.

    Anyone who has chronic health issues might also want to do what I learned I had to do – eliminate: all grains (except rice & corn); all dairy; all legumes; and many seeds – sesame, quinoa, millet, etc. Also, beware of processed foods due to certain additives – soy lecithin, guar gum (both derived from legumes) casein (derived from dairy) and of course, there are a host of other additives and who knows what they’re all derived from.

    I’ve found that we tend to believe that illness will end if we can just take enough of the right supplements or special foods or whatever, when in fact, for me, it turns out that I had to eliminate things, not add more things to my diet. When I first delved into the elimination issue I quit eating wheat, but then ate other grains instead. I noticed an improvement, but not enough. It was enough of a change to see that what I ate definitely affected my health, but it took a lot of time to figure out that I had to eliminate almost all grains and many other foods as well.

    I also have problems with too much calcium – seems odd, but it’s true. I can’t take calcium supplements and even react to hard water . . . if I drink it daily for more than a few days I break out with extreme eczema, which worsens the longer I drink it.

    I have to be very careful with supplements . . . as I already said, too much calcium is a problem. So is too much magnesium and grape seed extract.

    Lastly, and most sadly of all, I cannon eat chocolate or drink coffee. No one wants to hear that, but if you’re suffering enough with your ailment, give it up. Maybe you aren’t as sensitive as I am, but eliminating all the foods I’ve mentioned is a good place to start. If you eliminate them and get good results, you can then add one back into your diet at a time. It’s much easier to do that than to do what I did – eliminate one at a time.

    Think about it – we eat foods from every continent of the world (except Antarctica), but we didn’t evolve with ALL those foods . . . and our genetics are all mixed up from all over the world as well. Should it be any surprise that each and every one of us cannot eat each and every food that’s available to us?

    Good luck to all of you!

  102. On October 20th, 2014 at 7:38 pm Bonnie Says:

    Lively discussion!
    I’ve lived with fibromyalgia and migraines for some years, suffering atypical symptoms such as joint pain, nausea and IBS for years be for realizing that I also had good allergies (still have nausea migraines and joint pain from fibromyalgia but more manageable).
    Not only nightshade foods but legumes of all kinds (licorice, rooibos tea, peanuts, soy etc.) make me very sick. I’ve adopted a clean diet of organic food and am careful about what my protein source eats too (chickens can’t feed on soy for instance).
    I’m not sure if these two have a link of some kind, but if you are still having trouble after eliminating nightshade foods try eliminating legumes also and sugar. Cut down on coffee (I switched to black tea).
    For recipes check pinterest boards nightshade, bean free (I’ve put a bunch there and I love to cook!)183

  103. On November 8th, 2014 at 7:05 pm Tara Says:

    I’ve been grain/dairy/nightshade free for 4 yrs to alleviate my ankylosing spondylitis. I have gotten off of all prescription meds, and do relatively well, even though this way of eating is really restricted and limited. Thanks for your great list! I’ve been looking for awhile now for a complete list but wanted to ask about essential oils and herbal teas. I have had reactions to several now, hence why I’m looking for a complete list of the solanaceae family. For ex I reacted (horribly) to this EO that contains:

    frankincense, rosewood, spruce, tansy, chamomile, clary sage, copaiba, lavendar, peru balsam, sandalwood, sweet majoram, ylang ylang.

    From what I could find it looks like tansy and copaiba are night shades. :( Some traditional medicinals brand teas have slippery elm bark, etc etc also. Do you know of where I can find this information? I LOVE tea and am interested in EO, but feel like having a list will enable me to work around my sensitivity. I look forward to your input!! Thanks so much,
    Tara

  104. On November 11th, 2014 at 10:32 am jenifer Says:

    Hi Tara,
    Gosh… I haven’t run across any articles talking about nightshades and essential oils. But I haven’t really looked that hard because I don’t use essential oils. But, the book I use the most for a listing of Nightshades is the books titled “Nightshade Free Pain Free” by Michael Fowler: http://www.nightshadefree.com/ The ebook version of it is only $7.95 at the moment. I highly recommend it if you don’t already have it :-)

  105. On November 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm June Says:

    Jenifer, thank you so much for the link to the Book, I looked for it on Amazon and it was only in Hardback there and was 100 dollars.!

    Nightshades have been deadly for my Bowel, I have wasted so many years with debilitating IBS from eating these foods without connecting them with the terrible diarrhea and gas I was experiencing- thanks everyone for this great list,

  106. On November 15th, 2014 at 7:05 pm June Says:

    Tara, meant to say thank goodness you mentioned that Slippery Elm was a Nightshade,
    I am just recovering from a really nasty flare up of IBS-I was stupid enough to believe those websites that are forever telling us to take Slippery Elm for Bowel I have been through packets of the stuff( totally unaware of why I was getting sicker.) Had I known it was a Nightshade I would have run a mile.

  107. On November 17th, 2014 at 11:05 am Karen Says:

    Thank you for the extensive listing. It will be very helpful as I examine my diet. I am wondering if we could ask everyone who reads this website a question . what blood type are you? I have been reading eating for your blood type and for example for o blood type he says no nightshades also no coconut. It would be interesting to see if the people on this site are indeed O blood type as am I . Thanks

  108. On November 17th, 2014 at 3:48 pm jenifer Says:

    Interesting thought on blood type. My blood type is A, so I already don’t fit, unfortunately.

  109. On December 23rd, 2014 at 3:15 am Dee Says:

    Great list. Thank you. Very discouraging, however, since it is next to impossible to create a balanced diet with so much to eliminate. And to eat out, or at someone else’s house is a nightmare. Those with several different groups of food to eliminate because of multiple health issues may only be able to eat celery!!! LOL!!!

  110. On December 27th, 2014 at 5:12 pm Sandy Says:

    @ Farrell, & re: baking powder –

    A better replacement for commercial baking powder is equal parts baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and cream of tartar (which is not a dairy product; it’s a by-product of wine fermentation). Arrowroot (or other) starch is added for bulk, and to absorb moisture in order to stop baking soda and cream of tartar from reacting to each other until you add the liquid and heat called for by the recipe.
    By “equal parts,” I don’t mean, an amount of each equal to the amount of baking powder. If the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon baking powder, use one-half teaspoon each, baking soda and cream of tartar, in addition to any other soda the recipe may call for. You only need to use the starch if you make up a quantity in advance.
    Funny – my husband has had minor problems with fast-food French fries for years; we kept trying to investigate the cooking fat, or the coatings on the frozen ones . . . it was the potatoes, apparently, all along – which has gotten worse, until finally he started to keep a food diary, and related the symptoms to the potatoes.
    Keep a food diary. A detailed one. Do not rely on your memory, when trying to diagnose which meal yesterday is causing your symptoms today!

  111. On August 8th, 2015 at 9:11 am Kim Says:

    I have had lymes since 1984 now for the past 6 years I’m hypothyroid and hashimoto I live in pain every day. I’m also lactose intolerance. I’ve been gluten free for 7 months, dairy free for 3 months now I’m going to try eliminating nightshade food’s. I also have to watch my protein intake as the bottom of my feet kill me when I eat to much. Trying to lose 40 lbs as with my thyroid issue this has been tuff to do.

  112. On August 22nd, 2015 at 4:37 am nathalie Says:

    I discovered that Kakamachi is also as nightshade!
    I am very allergic to nightshades and used all three weeks liver cleansing supplement that contains kakamach! OMG!

  113. On August 23rd, 2015 at 1:56 am nathalie Says:

    Does anybody know how much solanin cayennepepper contain ?
    i took 4 gram cayenne powder a day..

    Hope to hear from you

  114. On December 21st, 2015 at 8:13 pm Martha Says:

    http://www.earthmedicine.com/common-foods-may-be-causing-you-pain-disease This site includes blueberries and artichokes!

  115. On December 23rd, 2015 at 4:06 pm jenifer Says:

    Ah, yes. Although blueberries and artichokes aren’t technically nightshades, they do contain solanine. So, I’ll update the blueberries/artichokes part in my post with this reference.

  116. On March 5th, 2016 at 10:35 am April Says:

    Thank you for this journal! I have severe muscle and joint pain and my doctor suggested eliminating night shades which I will do as well as other foods mentioned. Sigh…. Are there any cheese recommendations out there?

  117. On March 7th, 2016 at 10:45 am jenifer Says:

    If you have muscle pain, you might want to look into removing high sulphur foods or foods processed with sulphites. I find that these foods greatly affect my muscle pain. What question do you have about cheese?

  118. On October 24th, 2016 at 3:29 am Wendy Says:

    Vitamin A palmitate comes from palm oil.

  119. On November 13th, 2016 at 8:49 am Sean Says:

    Kava Kava (Piper Methysticum) is not a nightshade. It’s technically in the same family as the black pepper plant.

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