Nightshade plants contain a poison called solanine, which can be fatal. But the interesting thing is that some plants that belong to the nightshade group of plants are safe and healthy to eat. This is because the level of toxin found in these fruits and vegetables when ripe is so low as to render the plants safe for ingestion. That’s good news for us. So which nightshade plants are most nutritious?
Although blueberries contain solanine, they aren’t actually a member of the nightshade group. They are, however, hailed for their inflammation-fighting antioxidant content that is thought to prevent diseases like type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. They also have cognitive benefits.
This member of the nightshade family contains manganese for a healthy metabolism and for preventing skin damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Sometimes called wolfberries, goji berries are a good source of various amino acids, the building blocks of protein, as well as antioxidants that fight inflammation, increase immunity and improve cell health. You will mostly find them dried. Some people are allergic to them, so if you get ill or develop a rash, stop eating them.
Potatoes are one of the most popular foods in the Western world. When their skin is green, they are mildly poisonous, but when ripe they are a great source of many nutrients. These include vitamins B6, C, A, B, and E, potassium, phytonutrients, as well as fiber.