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Walk into any farmer's market, and you will likely be in awe of the colors and variety of fresh vegetables available. Everything here looks like a healthy alternative to processed foods. Consume many types of vegetables from this market, and you will be on the road to health, right? Not necessarily. Nightshade vegetables may contribute to food sensitivities and allergies in some individuals. At the very least, you should be aware of what nightshade vegetables are and whether you should consume them in large quantities.

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1. Potatoes

Everyone loves potatoes, whether they are French fries, home fries, hash browns, tater tots, or mashed potatoes. They are the perfect side for almost every meal. However, you may not realize that white, red, yellow, and blue-skinned potatoes are nightshades. Uncooked potatoes contain solanine; a toxic alkaloid merged with sugar. While solanine is not immediately toxic in small amounts, it can be stored in the body and slowly released during stressful conditions and situations. Some people believe that even small amounts of solanine in the body can worsen inflammatory diseases or aggravate joint stiffness in people with arthritis. However, scientific evidence of this is lacking. It's possible that some people are sensitive to low levels of solanine and should avoid foods that contain them. Potatoes that are turning green or are growing sprouts should be thrown away and not consumed, as these contain heavy amounts of solanine. Peeling potatoes also greatly reduces the solanine content as most of this toxic alkaloid is found in the skin.

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