Baked potatoes, salsa — a Jedi craves not these things.

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?

About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to Baked potatoes, salsa — a Jedi craves not these things.

  1. Tomatoes and peppers give me a lot of problems, but not potatoes. But then again, I no longer eat a lot of them so maybe I don’t get enough to notice anything. I can’t remember the last time I ate eggplant. Years? But interesting information.

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  2. nrlymrtl says:

    Love the Jedi reference!

    I eat a lot of nightshades and find them tasty. But I had not considered that they could be contributing to my fibromyalgia. Sigh…..

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  3. Laura L. says:

    The Nightshade Debate. That’s been around a long time. You can find studies and articles to back up whatever theory works for you. I haz opinions! But I will spare you, except this one: The best study on these things is your body, and the more blind you can make the self-experiment the better. For example, you know that tomatoes and eggplant screw up your innards AND you haven’t read anything about nightshades? You avoid the foods that you know upset your tummy. Like, you know, is it rocket science? (It might be, because there are a few foods I will pay for with pain if I eat them, but they are so goooooood.)


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