nightshade vegetables

Goji berries

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Peppers fall into two categories, sweet (or mild) and hot (or chile). Once thought by the Europeans in the 1600’s to cure digestive problems and ulcers, modern medicine now proves that peppers contain numerous phytonutrients that provide an array of health benefits. The many varieties of sweet and hot peppers include the sweet bell peppers, banana peppers, cubanelle and pimiento as well as … [Read more...]


Eggplant is a flowering vegetable and native to India. Ranging in color from rich purple to white and varying in length from 2 to 12 inches, these giant berries are a member of the Nightshade family, which also includes tomaotes and potatoes. Eggplants contain terpenes, anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid. Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=933 … [Read more...]

Chili Peppers

When it comes to your health, spice is nice! Known for their fiery flavor, chile peppers are packed with capsaicin - the phytonutrient responsible for producing their heat. Chile peppers may also help to reduce inflammation in the body, cause the brain to release feel-good substances called endorphins and boost weight loss efforts. … [Read more...]


Thought to have originated from South America, tomatoes were brought by Spanish explorers to Europe in the 1500’s. Most notable for their high levels of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, the best way to unlock the the benefits of this heart-helping and cancer-fighting phytonutrient is to cook tomatoes and enjoy with healthy fat to aid absorption. Glycemic Index=15 Glycemic … [Read more...]

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