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Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant


Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant


Increased arthritis pain

What Happens

According to Carol Forman Helerstein, PhD, a clinical nutritionist for Chefs Diet (, "While these vegetables contain many healthy and protective antioxidants, they are not a good food choice for arthritics." The reason? "They are all members of the nightshade family of vegetables, which contain a chemical called solanine," says Helerstein. Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison that's part of the plant's natural defense system. "All pain and all diseases, including heart disease, are related to an inflammation in the body. Arthritis is simply inflammation of the joints, and the chemicals in certain foods (especially tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant) cause a chemical response in the body, which is inflammation -- i.e., arthritis pain," says Helerstein.

How Much Do You Have to Eat?

According to Helerstein, "Everyone's body is different and there is not an exact science. Some individuals may be more sensitive than others to certain foods."

Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of, the health and fitness network, and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with permission from, May 2008.



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KPlumb7979 wrote:

What is the test for a 'predisposition to calcium oxalate kidney stones'?

11/2/2013 09:14:19 AM Report Abuse
nottydotty45 wrote:

This is a great teaching...glad I found it... I was told not to eat grapefruit and now I know why... I only have one kidney due to CHF and that is when they told me not to eat grapefruit, which i happen to love...LOL

7/15/2013 11:59:44 AM Report Abuse
mj9693 wrote:

Grapefruit is delicious. I would hate to give it up for any medication.

7/15/2013 11:39:55 AM Report Abuse
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