If you need a quick refresher, the category of nightshade vegetables includes some of my personal favorites: eggplants, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes (although this is actually a fruit).

For many years, one of the most common questions I get regarding diet and nutrition is whether or not nightshade vegetables cause inflammation in the body. I had always suspected that they did not, but hadn’t taken the time to properly research the scientific evidence.

Fortunately, I just read an article by a registered dietician who has dispelled the notion that these specific vegetables may cause inflammation. In fact, nightshade vegetables often contain high levels of antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation. There are a wide variety of colors in the nightshade family from green and red, to orange, yellow, purple and more – each with different levels of antioxidants and vitamins.

This reminds me of an old adage; “eat five different colors a day for your health.”

Turns out that may be correct! 

– Dr. P

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