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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

why r potatoes forbidden?

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UncleLongHair 0 · October 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Not sure which paleo "authority" you're listening to but opinions of potatoes vary. They are actually pretty nutritious and have been the staple of some cultures, the latter being a metric that a lot of foods should be judged by. One problem... (more)

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by 3280 · about 2 hours ago

Of course no one should eat prepared foods with Mono and Diglycerides, but is there any chance that Mono and Diglycerides could contain any nightshades? I'm trying really hard to try nightshade free for 2 months and don't want hidden... (more)

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tash 0 · April 13, 2014 at 4:10 AM

I imagine it is the alkaloids in nightshades you are trying to eliminate. Mono and di-glycerides are fatty acids attached to a carbon backbone. They are as such, chemically dissimilar to nightshade (or any other for that matter)... (more)

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by 598 · about 2 hours ago

I see so much controversy over it. I tried to do some quick research and answer my own question but figured some knowledgable paleohackers could provide a synthesis of the pros and cons, the goods and bads, the silly and sound arguments, and... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I find some are ok (tomato) and others seem to cause issues (eggplant, bellpeppers). It's an individual response. Test yourself with an elimination and reintroduction, and see how it works. Typically they seem to agravate joint issues.

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Paleo 60 days... Doing great. Still working on some digestive issues (lifetime issues with gas, bloating and constipation)so digging for more info. Uncover the discussions on fodmaps (what, no avocado??) and night shades (what, no tomatoes?)...... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · August 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

there are so many different diet or meal plans that if you tried to restrict everything, you'd be left with nothing. I think you should go by what you feel and your symptoms. maybe try no fodmaps for a few weeks and if you don't notice a... (more)

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by 98 · about 2 hours ago

It is already known that nightshades contain potent toxins such as glycoalkaloids (solanine, capsaicin, etc.). However, these toxins for most people are relatively benign, and with proper preparation, can be part of a healthy Paleo diet when... (more)

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Andy_16 0 · August 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

They are not necessarily unsafe to eat, but some people tend to have a higher sensitivity to nightshades (ie. people with autoimmune conditions). For me, green peppers do not make me feel very good. Indigestion and then they do not get digested... (more)

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by 50 · about 2 hours ago

I've realized that I may be sensitive to nightshades. I've also realized that vodka is often made from potatoes. I know that wheat based hard alcohols are usually ok (as far as alcohols go), even for celiacs. The gluten is distilled out. Is the... (more)

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Nvor 0 · June 17, 2013 at 4:40 AM

As has been pointed out, many vodkas found on the shelves are grain vodkas (although Chopin vodka offers a potato vodka that I find has a delightful texture to it). My armchair chemistry tells me that I'd be rather surprised if any nightshade... (more)

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by 271 · about 2 hours ago

So, a few deys ago I read an answer to a question which stated that garlic is a nightshade. I would have posted this question there but couldn't find the topic anymore. I was told it isn't. So, is garlic a nightshade? Also, links to the latest on... (more)

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RK 0 · May 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

The confusion may be that people who are sensitive to nightshades may ALSO be sensitive to garlic. Garlic is high in fructans, so if you have a problem with FODMAPs, you should avoid garlic. They are 2 separate issues, but sometimes... (more)

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by 1 · about 2 hours ago

I was vegan for 7yrs...been diagnosed with hashmoto thyroid 3yrs ago..every since then I have been on a mission to get off meds (50 synt.) my 1st TSH lvl was 98.8!! lucky to be alive ;/ my TPO was 997! been GF free 2 yrs with antibodies going... (more)

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by 115 · about 2 hours ago

If Nightshades are so bad, why do they taste so good and are so prevalent in many cultures? Things that are naturally tasty for humans are a signal for us to eat that certain food. And don't come with that "sugar is tasty and that is not... (more)

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Karen 0 · February 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Are they so bad? They may be detrimental to some people (rheumatic arthritis seems to be affected in some cases). They certainly are disliked by TCM practitioners. But are they actually bad for most people? (IMO that would be a no - they are in... (more)

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by 3280 · about 2 hours ago

I know the only way to get to the bottom of this for me is to construct food elimination experiments and isolate variables, and only introduce one thing at a time, but if anyone has any thoughts on my situation, I'd be eternally grateful: I have... (more)

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jjtitus 0 · February 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Really, Wendy's and McDonalds double cheese burgers...? And you're worried about the nightshades and histamine... why don't you just start with autoimmune Paleo and add things back in after stabilizing for a few weeks?... (more)

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by 3280 · about 2 hours ago

I know the simplest thing would be to only eat the beef patties, and I know the bun & cheese are bad for a trillion different reasons, but I'm doing a nightshade elimination trial so please look at these ingredients and let me know if you spot... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

dios mios ... okay, I'll try to answer the actual question only. Just pretend I went on a tirade about this shitty, shitty, shitty food for pages and pages. You're correct, paprika seems to be the only whole-food ingredient in the list that is a... (more)

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by 1353 · about 2 hours ago

(Other than potatoes). I get that nightshades evolved separately from humans due to being native to the Americas, and therefore weren't literally in the original human diet, but is that the only thing? I'm a newb in terms of the biochemistry. What... (more)

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Kim_30 0 · January 24, 2013 at 2:04 AM

They contain alkaloid which can have a negative effect on nerve-muscle function and digestive function in animals and humans, and may also be able to compromise joint function. (From http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62) I... (more)

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by 2341 · about 2 hours ago

I know this question has probably been asked plenty of times in some form. Over the past week we ran out of dark greens in our house and I haven't been motivated to go get any more so I've been with out them for about 5 or 6 days. I feel... (more)

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Moongirl 0 · January 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I have heard of people who get a paradoxical folate deficiency from eating leafy greens. Freddd, an internet expert on B12 and related vitamins, has written about this extensively (across several comments) on Chris Kresser's B12 thread here:... (more)

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by 1772 · about 2 hours ago

Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch? Straight forward question. Thanks!

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Matt_11 0 · December 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Acceptable, not just a safe starch. Humans, as a species, have been eating roots and tubers for quite a while.

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by 10 · about 2 hours ago

I have on-again/off-again digestion issues, and I was considering doing strict paleo PLUS avoiding nightshades, eggs, alcohol, dairy, and all nuts and seeds for the first 30 days. This sounds very restrictive, but I'm willing to do it if it'll... (more)

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teacher2mykids 0 · February 10, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I'm pretty sure that the Practical Paleo book has an eating plan that would help you. She has an autoimmune section that avoids nightshades. Her recipes are really good. I've been happy with everything I've tried and she has reccomendations for... (more)

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by 78422 · about 2 hours ago

I keep reading that nightshades are bad, and not " true paleo." apparently the lectins in foods like tomatoes can cause inflammation and acne. Thoughts?

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Paleolithica 0 · October 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What if you exclude tomatoes from your menu, let's say for a month, and then share your results here with us? :)

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by 63 · about 2 hours ago

Hi im 18 yo and my name is matteo. Are years that some night I get scared cause this sleep paralysis, when I'm waking up is like that I just can breathing a moving my tongue , because the rest of my body is already sleeping and it take 1 minute to... (more)

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Karen 0 · July 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

From this and your other post: You aren't eating enough. You aren't eating enough variety and are probably low on nutrients. You definitely aren't sleeping enough and you have messed up your circadian rhythm with your poor sleep schedule. Don't... (more)

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by 30 · about 2 hours ago

This is going to be a long post with a few questions in it. I had some mood disorders I suppose (mood swings, anti-social behavior) since I was 16-17 and I am now 24. When I went to college I was under stress and started feeling angry at myself... (more)

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Laurie_7 0 · May 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I was on anti-depressants for 15 years...enter Paleo, high fat, high protein, low to moderate carbs, Vitamin D3 supplement 4000 IU's daily. Plenty of water, natural sunshine, avoid caffeine...I've been two years depression free. Good Luck!

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by 3280 · about 2 hours ago

I know potatoes and sweet potatoes are in different families. However, tubers are tubers. Both are root veggies and grow in the ground. From what I understand, it's the anti-predation chemicals, particularly in the skin which can be toxic,... (more)

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Kamal 0 · May 03, 2012 at 7:22 PM

The difference lies in the specific antinutrients. There are a few in nightshades, and a few in sweet potatoes, but the nightshade ones have more obvious effects (at least regarding pain). See tab two in this article I wrote a couple months... (more)

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by 5 · about 2 hours ago

I have a history of Celiac and Hoshimotos hypothyroidism and was starting to get symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome so I started the Paleo diet about 6 months ago to try to heal my leaky gut. The Sjogren's symptoms are gone, headaches and fatigue are... (more)

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Alan_Schachter 0 · April 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Most people with Celiac need to do more than just fix their diet to heal leaky gut. Going Paleo is a critical step, but you may want add other healing strategies. Bone broth is one of the best. Others include, but are not limited to: Fermented... (more)

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by 10 · about 2 hours ago

Hi I suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa and currently live gluten free. I came across this the other day: http://robbwolf.com/2012/04/09/putting-hidradenitis-suppurativa-remission-paleo/ There is a bit about nightshades in it. Since I have... (more)

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Lisa_71 0 · August 06, 2013 at 1:30 AM

I have had manifestations of HS for more than 20 years and I also stumbled upon Primal Girl's post about nightshades. I have been working on staying Paleo since last September when I was diagnosed with diabetes and have since dropped 30 pounds. ... (more)

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by 113 · about 3 hours ago

I'm currently two weeks into my elimination diet; eating pretty much only meat and sweet potatoes. I feel okay but I hoped to feel better to be honest. My stools aren't what they're supposed to be. Not terrible, but it was better when I was eating... (more)

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cerement 0 · January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

You're looking for stuff high in insoluble fiber (insoluble fiber scrubs your guts, soluble scrubs your arteries), which is usually cellulose. Celery, pretty much the whole cabbage family (but on the FODMAP list), bitter leafy greens, bell peppers... (more)

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by 687 · about 3 hours ago

So ever since adopting a paleo template of eating (I gladly incorporate my dark chocolate and even the occasional local grass fed ice cream without stressing it), I have been reaping the benefits (it's been almost 6 months). However, one issue... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · October 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I agree with reintroducing each food individually to see which causes a reaction, but I would advise waiting longer to get more accurate information. If you wait about three weeks, then take a full three days to introduce each food(eating quite a... (more)

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by 3521 · about 3 hours ago

I know potatoes are nightshades and people generally recommend to avoid them if you have an autoimmune condition. I am not officially diagnosed with any autoimmune conditions but I do have rosacea, which might be caused by autoimmunity. I have... (more)

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Stabby 0 · July 03, 2011 at 9:33 PM

The problem is the glycoalkaloids in the skin, they are toxic and cause irritation of hte GI tract, so if you are eating white potatoes you should probably peel them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoalkaloid (more)

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by 24523 · about 3 hours ago

--Edit-- Thank you for your answers, everybody. From what I've heard and read, paleo people seem most interested in the following issues: sports injuries, pain from autoimmune disease, nightshades, inflammation, and posture. I started off my... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:01 AM

Alright, I'll jump in first. How about past injuries, particularly musculoskeletal injuries? I feel that the injured among us are sometimes overlooked in the paleosphere. I'm always reading about these seminars in the woods of West Virginia or... (more)

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