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Eggplant, fruit or Vegetable?

Did you know that eggplant is a fruit; and it is a member of the NIGHTSHADE family?

If you struggle with food sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune disease, inflammatory disease – like arthritis - or leaky gut syndrome, then there is a chance that a class of vegetables called nightshades could be contributing to your health condition.

There are well over 2,000 different species of nightshade vegetables. Here are just a few that you will want to be familiar with:

  1. Potatoes

  2. Tomatoes

  3. Eggplant

  4. Peppers

There are some basic similarities in composition that nightshade vegetables share, and one such similarity is the presence of two substances; calcitriol and alkaloids. Alkaloids are known as being the strongest, riskiest component in herbal medicine.

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