The Poison Apple: Why Are Tomatoes Called This?

The Poison Apple: Why Are Tomatoes Called This?

They say, not all foods should be eaten. Personally, I do not necessarily believe that to be entirely truthful. Maybe there are a safe means of doing it, and we just haven’t figured it out yet. Until then, it should be in our best interest to take precaution.

Some plants, especially the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, contain poisonous compounds that they use as a defense mechanism to protect themselves from being eaten by insects.

Solanine is one of the common poisonous compounds found in these types of plants. Solanine in small dosages is not so bad. However, it is not good to consume a lot of foods containing this compound.

Some of the common plant family containing solanine includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes. Problems from consuming solanine include the following, gastrointestinal disorders, disruption of the brain and mitochondrial functions, hallucinations, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, appendicitis, autoimmune disorders, and migraines.

Solanine is found mostly in the leaves and stems of these plants.

Lectin is also another one you should be mindful of. There are different types of lectins, most of which are not harmful. The dangerous types are found in foods such as tomatoes, cashews, peanuts, eggplants, and potatoes.

Lectin disrupts the communication between cells. It is also a binding protein, which can be a major problem in the body as it helps to bind viruses, germs, and bacteria to your cells.

A little method that helps: To reduce the amounts of lectin and even solanine in your foods, you can soak them overnight and throw out the water. Cooking your food also help in this department.

If some of the grains or other types of foods you eat contain lectin, you don’t necessarily have to eliminate them; just reduce the amounts of which you eat. For people with health conditions, it is best to stay completely away from foods that are high in lectin and solanine.

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