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Nightshades and Ill Health

Agatha M. Thrash, M.D.
Preventive Medicine

Some Substitutes for Nightshades

There are dozens of foods to eat other than the nightshades. People often say, "What else is there to eat?" After a period of time on the diet, you begin to "forget" the nightshades and more or less "lose" appetite for them. The following are suggested substitutions. You will discover others.

WHITE POTATO SUBSTITUTE

Artichoke (Jerusalem)*

Beans

Bread, other flour products

Carrots**

Chick peas

Corn

Dasheen

Grits

Kohlrabi

Manioc

Noodles

Onions, creamed, rings

Parsnips

Plantain (chips too)

Pumpkin

Radish

Rice

Rice (French)

Fries

Rutabaga

Shallots

Squash

Sweet Potato

Turnips

Yams***

Yautia

Others

PEPPERS, TOMATO, EGGPLANT SUBSTITUTES

Artichoke (Globe)

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Celery

Chicory

Chinese cabbage

Chives

Collards

Cress

Cucumber

Dandelion

Endive

Fruits

Garlic

Leek

Lettuce

Melons****

Okra

Olives

Onion, bunch

Other leafy vegetables

Parsley

Radishes

Squash

Watermelon****

(No pimentos)

Others

*Jerusalem artichokes are sunflower-like, easy to grow, and produce tubers abundantly.

**Carrots have some ardent health food followers; they drink quantities of juice daily, eat raw carrots, etc. Research indicates that carrots may help to counteract solanine in the nightshades.

***Some tropical yams are toxic to humans; avoid those with acrid flavor.

****Excess melons in season may "bother" some people.

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