Diets and Nutrition

Is There a Problem With Tomatoes?

For the most part tomatoes are usually considered pretty healthy. Thanks to their abundance of antioxidants like lycopene which has been shown to help fight against various cancers including prostate cancer and slow growing tumors like lung, stomach and breast cancer.

Tomatoes also contain additional antioxidants that help fight against inflammation and chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and dementia. They also help protect against high blood pressure and help lower cholesterol and they’ve been shown to protect against macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly.


Their high vitamin C content helps to slow down the aging process and it keeps our skin looking young and fights against wrinkles.


Tomatoes Sound Pretty Good Don’t They?


So then how can tomatoes possibly be bad for you? Well it all depends on how many you eat and whether or not you’re sensitive to tomatoes.


See, while tomatoes are filled with all sorts of healthy nutrients, they belong to a family of vegetables called nightshades and nightshades can have negative effects on some people.


So much so, that several highly respected medical clinics like the Cleveland Clinic for example, recommend that people suffering from inflammatory health conditions like arthritis avoid nightshades completely.


So if you already know that you have food sensitivities or allergies or suffer from any inflammatory autoimmune issues then you should probably avoid nightshades too. If you’re not sure…



Keep an eye out for the following symptoms…


Joint pain or swelling, digestive upset, heartburn, irritable bowel or any sort of skin reaction. Some nightshades have even been associated with breathing issues and asthma. And it’s not just tomatoes.


Nightshades also include potatoes, peppers and eggplant and while there are more, these are the most common.


Nightshades can cause inflammation due to a compound called “solanine” which can disrupt your digestive tract. Solanine is mostly found in potatoes, but there’s a tomato version called “tomatine”. Most of the tomatine is found in the green portions of the tomatoes, which we don’t typically eat. However green tomatoes do contain more.


Bottom line…


If you suffer from joint pain, arthritis, or digestive issues including heartburn, you may want to avoid them for a month or two and see how you feel.


Just don’t make the mistake of eating one of its relatives.


These include:


­All the different tomato varieties…




-­ Tomatillos

– White potatoes…not sweet potatoes…those are not nightshades.

– Eggplant

­- Okra

– All peppers—hot or sweet

– Goji berries

– Sorrel

– Gooseberries

– Tobacco

– Paprika

– Cayenne pepper

– And chili powder


Just keep tabs on how you feel after eating any nightshades and trust your body.


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