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The full list is bell peppers, chillis, tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines (eggplant) - plus tobacco, belladonna, henbane and mandrake! Not that you are likely to meet the last three in your average food supermarket!!

We have a number of articles in the 'nightshade' section of our FoodsMatter site ( which you might find helpful - and it is quite scary to see what devastation a sensitivity to potato can wreak!! Arthritis, asthma, depression, anxiety, migraine.....

However, do not despair - there are lots of alternatives. As praxiproject says, zucchini is a good replacement for eggplant while many of the other root vegetables (sweet potato, celeriac, parsnips etc) do a great job as potato substitutes.

The trickier one is tomatoes as they do crop up in so many dishes. However, puréed carrots and beets with a touch of sugar and a hint of vinegar or lemon jucie do quite a good job as substitutes.

If you are looking for some recipes ideas, we have a big 'freefrom', allergen-free recipe site on which we have lots of nightshade-free recipes - all of which are marked up with what they are 'freefrom'. See

Good luck with your diet!

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