According to this article, tomatoes (plus potatoes, peppers, and eggplant) contain glycoalkaloids, which can cause some cells to rupture. This stuff can also cause the cells’ mitochondria to rupture (in case you’re wondering about the reason for this post’s title, with additional explanation here if you don’t get what mitochondria have to do with Jedi), and that, as you may imagine, is a Bad Thing.
I had to give up tomatoes anyway — the raw ones, at least — in recent years, because I’ve become allergic to them. And yes, I miss them terribly. Deleting potato skins from my diet, too? You have no idea how difficult that was. Just to be safe, I’ve even stopped including potatoes, even peeled ones, in homemade soup. Turnips all the way, now… *sigh* (Don’t get me wrong — I like turnips in soup. They actually have a better texture than potatoes for that sort of thing. However, turnips will NOT work for fish chowder. At least I don’t think they will. Maybe I ought to experiment more… Soup = the science project you can eat.) Apparently, cooking doesn’t do anything for reducing the amount of glycoalkaloids in a food, and typical cooking times/temperature actually concentrate the stuff.
All I’m sayin’ is, it’s a good thing alfredo sauce is excellent on pizza.
Tomatoes, potatoes, etc., also contain a substance that causes trouble with the nervous system. (Trying not to overdo the science-ness of this post. You can read the article itself if you want that, though.) I do not need more problems with my nerves. If giving up baked potato skins and chunky tomato salsa means having less fibromyalgia pain, that’s something I’ve got to do.
As compensation, though, I want to become stronger in the Force. Only seems fair, right?