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Nightshades: Have they gotten a bad rap? | Health & Wellness


Last updated 2/24/2022 at 9:29am

I have been noticing that nightshades have been in the news lately. Like many, I have believed that nightshades can negatively impact inflammation and arthritis. There has actually been no evidence that this is true, and there has been some evidence that it can actually reduce inflammation.

First, what exactly are nightshades? Nightshade vegetables are members of the Solanaceae family of flowering plants. Most nightshade plants aren’t edible, such as tobacco. Yet, some of the most common vegetables we eat are nightshades. This would include tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, bell peppers, and...

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