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What are Nightshade Vegetables? - Nutrition, Health Benefits and Vitamins
Nightshade Vegetables belong to the nightshade family of plants which bear edible and inedible fruits and vegetables. Some nightshade plants bear deadly, poisonous berries! Some of these annual and perennial plants bear fruit and vegetables which are suitable as family foods and provide high nutritional value and health benefits. Some of the popular types of nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, aubergine otherwise named eggplant, potatoes and peppers. There is another name or term given to this particular group or family of plants, veggies and fruits - the name is Solanum. Other names of nightshades may include horsenettles, Solanum dulcamara, woody and bittersweet nightshade. The types of plants which grow nightshade vegetables and fruits vary from vines to trees.

Facts about Nightshade Vegetables - Nutrition and Health Benefits

  • Tomato, eggplants (aubergines), peppers and potato are nightshade vegetables

  • Nightshade Vegetables are also known by the name Solanum dulcamara

  • The nutritional value of nightshade vegetables is excellent - veggies belonging to this family are bursting with vitamins, minerals and nutrients which can benefit health and wellbeing significantly.

  • Nightshade Vegetables contain solanine which is a substance that is believed to influence inflammation and pain of joints and muscles.

Nightshade Vegetable Tomato

Nightshade Plants - Nutrition, Health Benefits and Vitamins
The Deadly Nightshade plant is a plant that produces highly dangerous and poisonous berries, sometimes called cherries. The berries look very attractive and could be mistaken for being edible when in actual fact they're very toxic! Black nightshade can also bear fruit that is poisonous, therefore, it is very important to know the facts about the foods which you are picking to eat! Children in particular should be taught not to pick the food of plants or trees to eat if they are not sure whether or not it is edible! Many plants from this group can be used to make powerful medicines! This group is also known as the Solanaceae family, these plants provide food, spices and medicine.

Nightshade List - Nutrition, Health Benefits and Vitamins
The following nightshade list also provides a list of vegetables belonging to this family:

Datura (Angel's Trumpets)
Mandragora (Mandrake)
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade - see information above for more details)
Lycium barbarum (Wolfberry or Goji Berry)
Physalis philadelphica (Tomatillo Fruit)
Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry flower)
Capsicum (Chili pepper, bell pepper)
Solanum (Potato, eggplant, tomato)
Nicoatiana (Tobacco)
Petunia (Petunioideae)

Nightshade Vegetables List
- Nutrition, Health Benefits and Vitamins
The following list includes some of the most popular nightshade vegetables:

Bell Pepper
Chili Pepper
Potato (not sweet potato)
Sweet Pepper

Nightshade Vegetables Nutrition
, Health Benefits and Vitamins
For information and facts about individual nightshade vegetables, please go to the main index and select the specific vegetable where you will find detailed information about the health benefits, vitamins, calories, carbs and overall nutritional value. Nightshade vegetables contain solanine which is a substance that is believed to encourage inflammation of the joints and muscle pain, this is why it is suggested that there may be a link between nightshade and arthritis. A good way of neutralizing the solanine content is to cook, roast of bake nightshade vegetables with miso soup!


Health experts and nutritionists believe that a well-balanced diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day will help to considerably improve our lifestyles and ultimately extend our lives

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