TOMATOES. EGGPLANTS. BELL peppers. What do all of these vegetables have in common? If you guessed they all caused inflammation, you’d be wrong.
Sure, plenty of celebrities who claim to follow an anti-inflammatory diet avoid foods like nightshade vegetables. Tom Brady, for example, supposedly doesn’t eat (or didn't, at one time) tomatoes, bell peppers, or eggplants because they supposedly trigger inflammati
The truth is, “There’s absolutely no science to show that the nightshade family has any impact on inflammation,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., a nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, she says, “all of these foods have phytonutrients that are anti-inflammatory.”
So what exactly are anti-inflammatory foods? Simply put, anti-inflammatory foods help fight inflammation. But to understand that, you’ll first need to learn what, exactly, inflammation is.
Inflammation is seemingly responsible for just about everything these days. Joint pain. Heart disease. Depression. But the truth is, inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. In small doses, it can actually help protect you from injuries and infection.