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by 3280 · April 13, 2014 at 4:10 AM

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 583 · November 22, 2013 at 12:21 AM

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 · October 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

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 0 · October 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Hi. I'm rather new to paleo, though I've been moving toward eating this way for a while. I've got a couple questions, though. 1 - By eating this way, I seem to go into ketosis without much effort. Prior to doing this full-bore, I had cut... (more)

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samc 0 · October 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

My wife's side of the family has Celiac issues and she has to a lesser degree issues with grains. Could be she has Celiac but was never tested. I got her to eliminate grains and after six months all is well. I don't think you recover from it,... (more)

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by 63 · December 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Do nightshades create problems in generally healthy people? My family is in good health and have no auto-immune issues and I have noticed we tend to eat lot of nightshades, I always add paprika to my curries, we have tomatoes, bell peppers... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · December 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

As they say, the poison is in the dose. For me personally, if nightshades contain poison, why would I want to eat it? Seems like having a little-bit of rat-poison every day (not enough to get you overtly ill). Seems like a bad idea. I'm... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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 55 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Nightshades don't seem to bother me at all. I eat tomatoes and tomato sauce almost daily. I've been experimenting with eggplant sauteed in coconut oil and mixed into my staple food of vegetable meatloaf. It has this mushy texture that vaguely... (more)

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Rio 0 · August 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Ratatouille. We use eggplants, onions, squash, zucchini, bell pepeprs, tomatoes, garlic. I won't post my recipe because the internet and cookbooks offer hundreds of recipes and variations, so find one that works for how you like to cook. ... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

can't find anything definitive with a google search. thanks!

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raydawg 0 · August 04, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Nightshades: non-sweet, non-yam potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, ground cherries, tomatillos, tamarillos, and some poisonous ones: tobacco (if you eat it), mandrake, belladonna. Alliums: onion, scallion, leeks, shallots, garlic, chives.... (more)

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by 50 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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 down... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

If you weren't using that as a way to just get attention, it just means your hormones are balancing out back to normal, and enough DHEA is being converted to testosterone. It's a good sign. Either you didn't have enough DHEA, or it was being... (more)

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by 1 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

(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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Fruit? Nuts? Eggs? All meat? Soy milk? How can I limit my food choices EVEN FURTHER to restrict even more potential nutrients from my diet? Thanks!

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Meatymichael 0 · December 07, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Obvious troll is obvious

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

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 1626 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

So I know this lady. I just learned that her hands shake after working out. It does not matter what she does either. Yoga, cardio, weights... anything. Do you have any idea what may be causing this? I thought about a possible sensitivity to... (more)

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anhurset 0 · June 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Oh give me a break! There is nowhere near enough information in the original post to jump to any conclusions in regards to "this lady". To give any advice on this topic without further facts (i.e. diet, intensity of work out, etc) is highly... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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!