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Tomato sauce?

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It might do if you're allergic to tomatoes.

If in any doubt you may as well give it up for a few weeks and see if there is any difference.

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An allergy to one or all of the nightshade family can manifest in various different ways.

Common members of the Nightshade family are:

Potato

Tomato

Eggplant (Aubergine)

Peppers of ALL kinds (includes chili, common red/yellow/green, jalapeno, cayenne etc.)

Tobacco

Paprika

Tabasco

Belladonna (used in homeopathy)

Allergic reactions can occur to one or many of the above. The most common symptoms of a nightshade allergy are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, inflammation, stiffness in the joints, migraines and weakness/fatigue.

Sometimes nightshade culprits only cause an allergic reaction when they are raw. I react particularly badly to raw tomato, whereas other nightshade vegetables can cause reactions of varying severity whether cooked or raw.

There is a difference between a nightshade intolerance and an allergy. Many people experiencing a nightshade intolerance can develop symptoms of degenerative arthritis (Osteoarthritis). This intolerance manifests in painful swelling of the joints and the symptoms usually recede within a few months of eliminating nightshade from the diet. There have also been instances of severe back pain being caused by a nightshade allergy.

All of these nightshade foods contain nicotine in some form, although it varies between the sub-groups of the larger nightshade family. It has been suggested that eliminating nightshade from the diet may assist with giving up smoking.

"Allergies to nightshade: What you need to know" -K. Thomas

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