"Nightshades" Foods to Avoid for Anyone with Chronic Pains*

Potatoes the common potato sources include baked, mashed, scalloped, chips, fries, knishes, pierogies, plus potato water in breads, biscuits, matzo, soups and stews and vodka. Beware that potato is also included in these ingredients: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, modified vegetable protein (MVP), or modified food starch hidden in packaged meats, cold cuts and seafoods and other processed foods. Sweet potatoes are O.K. (a different family).

Tomatoes and their sauces (like barbecue and brown sauces), seasonings, condiments like ketchup and steak sauce, prepared meats (like meatloaf), baked beans, gravies, and salad dressings containing them.

Peppers include red, green, orange, yellow, jalapeno, chili, cayenne, curry, pimentos, and paprika. These are hidden in salads, cold cuts, pastas, sausage and deli meats, olives, tabasco, Worcestershire, steak sauce, coloring on nuts and fish, seasoning mixes, crackers, dips and spreads; black and white pepper are O.K.

"Spices" If the word "spices" or "natural flavorings" appear in the ingredients list, I cannot have it. These are hidden sources and nearly always in commercial salad dressings, mayonnaise, mustard, condiments, sauces, prepared (frozen) entrees, and soups; they could contain paprika, crushed red pepper, ground red pepper, cayenne, chili, curry; All other specified spices are O.K. (like black pepper (again not in the same family), garlic, ginger, basil, rosemary and more).

Also avoid eggplant and tobacco, as well as soy products, since Monsanto is genetically modifying 80% of the soy with the petunia gene (a nightshade).

What's Left?

Flaxseed & olive oils, vegetables, including sweet potatoes (a different botanical family) and many other spices like black pepper (again not in the same family), garlic, ginger, basil, rosemary and more.All fresh unprocessed meats, fowl and seafoods, wines and fruits, nuts, beans, cheeses, grains and herbs are not in the "nightshade family".

*Rogers, Sherry A., M.D., "Pain Free in 6 weeks" pg. 33, 284 - Sarasota, FL,2001