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Question About Potatoes & Joint Pain


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#1 rock on!

 
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 06:59 PM

I was wondering if anyone could clear up some confusion I've had over potatoes. I keep hearing a lot of people talking about nightshades affecting joints and how 'white potatoes' are not good for some people...now what kind of potatoes are we talking about here? Russet baking potatoes? Are 'red potatoes' ok, or are they not because they are white inside? What about those potatoes that are purple inside? I know sweet potatoes are ok...just wondering if there are any others that are as well. My husband has arthritis & we're considering cutting out potatoes from his diet, but he loooooves potatoes, so we're wondering if there's any way around this since his diet has changed so much from going gluten free.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:14 AM

I posted this a few days ago, but I think I did it in the wrong section & it got moved...now I can't find it on the board....so, I'm reposting to see if anyone has some input for me.

I was wondering if anyone could clear up some confusion I've had over potatoes. I keep hearing a lot of people talking about nightshades affecting joints and how 'white potatoes' are not good for some people...now what kind of potatoes are we talking about here? Russet baking potatoes? Are 'red potatoes' ok (the little ones with red skin), or are they not because they are white inside? What about those potatoes that are purple inside? I know sweet potatoes are ok...just wondering if there are any others that are as well. My husband has psoriatic arthritis & we're considering also cutting out potatoes from his diet, but he loooooves potatoes, so we're wondering if there's any way around this since his diet has changed so much from going gluten free.
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husband:
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dx psoriatic arthritis 2005
psoriasis since childhood
gluten free 9/14/07

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:22 AM

It's not just white potatoes. It's nightshades. That includes all potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and probably some other things I'm forgetting about.

That being said, nightshades do not affect all people with arthritis. I have psoriatic arthritis and am not affected by them. My mom has rhuematoid arthritis and is affected.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:17 PM

Red potatoes have less starch than others, so are better for diabetics and low carb folks; but they are just as much a nightshade as the other true potatoes. Tobacco is also a nightshade. Black pepper is not. Sweet potatoes/yams are not (marigold family).

There is another thread here about low oxalates where folks talk a lot about nightshades. You might want to try it out.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:13 PM

I have severe arthritis in my joints oddly potatoes do not bother me. I follow a pral load, acid versus alkaline foods and avoid acid producing foods. It helped my arthritis greatly.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:59 PM

It's all nightshades and not just white potatoes that can be a problem. I have psoriatic arthritis and they don't cause me problems. My mom has rhuematoid arthritis and they do cause her problems.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:00 AM

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT JERSEY ANGEL'S THREAD HERE ON OXALATES?
THERE ARE SOME LINKS.............ALSO THE ONE MICHAEL FOWLER DID ON POTATOES?
IT TALKES ABOUT IT TOO
GOOD LUCK
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