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Tomatoes and the nightshade debate

pancakerunnerpancakerunner Posts: 1,660Member Member Posts: 1,660Member Member
I have been reading a lot into nightshades and inflammatory foods and of course tomatoes are on the list of "foods to avoid."

This leads to the question: do you eat tomatoes? If any of you have cut out tomatoes from your diet, have you seen improvements in your health?
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  • maureenkhildemaureenkhilde Posts: 541Member Member Posts: 541Member Member
    Mmm I love tomatoes, must admit yellow ones personal favorite. I do no buy into the whole tomatoes are bad for us. But for some people with acid reflux, one of my brothers no longer can tolerate things like spaghetti sauce, or any type of canned tomatoes. It causes pain.
  • ThatJuJitsuWomanThatJuJitsuWoman Posts: 111Member Member Posts: 111Member Member
    I’ve never cut tomatoes out of my diet, but I eat a lot more of them in summer than in winter because my Dad’s garden is full of them.

    I haven’t noticed any changes in my health between tomato season and the rest of the year.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 5,851Member, Premium Member Posts: 5,851Member, Premium Member
    I eat at least one tomato every day. I must admit, as with other fruits and vegetables that I love, I don't research them to see if they are harmful to me.
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 7,030Member Member Posts: 7,030Member Member
    I have been reading a lot into nightshades and inflammatory foods and of course tomatoes are on the list of "foods to avoid."

    This leads to the question: do you eat tomatoes? If any of you have cut out tomatoes from your diet, have you seen improvements in your health?

    I eat tomatoes mainly in season. I haven't noticed any correlated improvement in my health when the fall comes and I stop.
  • VegjoyPVegjoyP Posts: 181Member Member Posts: 181Member Member
    I have autoimmune conditons and have been away from them a long time, ironically until this week. I got sundried tomatoes in olive oil
    I was craving them a lot so I got a jar to go with olive tapanade and Trader Joes Vegan pesto. I like them but probably won't buy them again for a while. Im not using much,.they feel too acidic for me. The olive oil seems to reduce the inflammatory factor.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,130Member Member Posts: 5,130Member Member
    Yes I eat tomatoes - not a lot, a few slices here and there, probably adds up to one or two tomatoes a week.

    I have no issues connected to tomato eating so no plans to change my intake.

    I do know people for whom tomatoes are a gout trigger - not sure if this is common
    I do not get gout so not relevant to me.
  • ClairinClairin Posts: 69Member Member Posts: 69Member Member
    Here's a great link, if you scroll way down past all the nutrition benefits of tomatoes, this article discusses why tomatoes create a sensitivity for some people: https://draxe.com/nutrition/vegetables/tomato-nutrition/
    My grandfather with arthritis and who is on warfarin recently developed a nasty skin rash. His consumption of tomatoes at breakfast was singled out to be the cause.
    Personally I always seek to remove seeds or eat without the skin as these are very hard to digest or indigestible in the case of their seeds.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,130Member Member Posts: 5,130Member Member
    Oh Ive never done that.

    They just get sliced and eaten - in a sandwich or something for me, not a fan of eating them alone myself.
    Except sometimes the little cherry tomatoes.

    But never de-skinned them first or removed the seeds.

    That would be such a messy and fiddly job..
  • staticsplitstaticsplit Posts: 503Member Member Posts: 503Member Member
    I'm one of the ones with a sensitivity. I've never liked raw tomatoes (the texture isn't for me) unless they've been broken down a bit with balsamic vinegar (e.g. bruschetta). If I slice raw tomatoes my skin breaks out in a rash and I expect if I ate too many raw ones they'd give me a stomach ache. However, once they're cooked or broken down, I'm fine with them.

    My mother in law quasi-avoids nightshades due to her arthritis, but she's not sure how much of an effect it actually has.
  • ClairinClairin Posts: 69Member Member Posts: 69Member Member
    Oh Ive never done that.

    They just get sliced and eaten - in a sandwich or something for me, not a fan of eating them alone myself.
    Except sometimes the little cherry tomatoes.

    But never de-skinned them first or removed the seeds.

    That would be such a messy and fiddly job..

    Hi, yes de skinning definitely fiddly so mostly don't bother. However canned tomatoes are peeled typically so that works out well. Id pretty much always d.e seed though just push out the seeds with my thumb :-)
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