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Are Onions Considered A Nightshade?

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It's so hard to know what's causing the feeling of "not feeling right" after eating, but I think that I'm sensitive to nightshades (potatos, tomatos) and I don't feel that great after eating even a small amount of onions in a prepared dish so I was wondering if that is why.

Also - does using dried onion change anything? I am able to eat potato flakes sometimes and not get a reaction. I'd love to be able to use something of that ssort as a flavoring in small amounts!

Thanks!

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No, the onion family is completely separate from nightshades. Nightshades include potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant, tobacco. Paprika (the spice) is derived from a pepper, and is therefore a nightshade food.

Some people can't tolerate onions very well, but that is a different problem to the one nightshades pose.


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Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

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No, the onion family is completely separate from nightshades. Nightshades include potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant, tobacco. Paprika (the spice) is derived from a pepper, and is therefore a nightshade food.

Some people can't tolerate onions very well, but that is a different problem to the one nightshades pose.

Thanks for the response! I never knew that about Paprika - I use it all of the time on my roast chicken and I've never had a reaction.

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Excuse my ignorance please, however what is a nightshade??

Newly dx and find this forum to be a lifesaver, thank you!


Jenn

Howell, MI

Newly Dx: Dec-07...still learning! :)

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Excuse my ignorance please, however what is a nightshade??

Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods. A particular group of substances in these foods, called alkaloids, can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function in animals and humans, and may also be able to compromise joint function. Because the amount of alkaloids is very low in nightshade foods when compared with other nightshade plants, health problems from nightshade foods may only occur in individuals who are especially sensitive to these alkaloid substances.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62

Newly dx and find this forum to be a lifesaver, thank you!

Welcome to the board! :)


Rachel

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I'm sensitive to foods high in sulfur....onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, etc (all cruciferous veggies)....are high in sulfur.


Rachel

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Thanks for the explanation on nightshades. Learn something new every day. :)

How do you all find out what else your sensitive to? By trial and error?


Jenn

Howell, MI

Newly Dx: Dec-07...still learning! :)

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