So we’re kind of embarrassed to admit but we’ve just learned about nightshade plants. Now, don’t get us wrong, we’ve heard the term before and knew that eggplants were in the category of nightshade foods, but we always thought their esoteric name came from their dark color. We finally learned the error of our ignorant ways and have become informed nightshade veggie eaters! Hooray!
As Livestrong.com reports, “Some people have a sensitivity to nightshade plants and are unable to digest them fully. If you have a sensitivity, you may experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches and depression from consuming nightshades.”
Now, just in case you’re as clueless as we were—and don’t know that they’re called nightshade because they have toxic properties that can actually harm you!—we’ve compiled the eight things you should know about them so as not to look as silly as we did… or worse, poison yourself.