I think jeanloup means well and wants us to avoid certain health pitfalls that could cause issues in the future. An Ben Franklin said - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure. I agree that nutrition plays a huge role in disease prevention and recovery, but the semantics get a little tricky when we single out one food. I think potatoes are great for healing the gut when cooked and peeled properly, but I understand some may have issues with the skins. Tomatoes are abundant in the Mediterranean cuisine so I don't think it can be that bad. I think we can learn a lot from the civilizations that stick to their traditional diets and avoid preservative ridden food.
I think we all can agree that there is sufficient evidence to avoid industrial oils (omega-6), emulsifiers like polysorbate and just other crazy preservative ridden food in general. Wheat is a gray area because of the processing methods - some countries do it right while others screw it up.
I agree with you, Guardian's posts and do appreciate your info, jeanloup. Although I do not agree with your statement: "Don't eat potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants". You are absolutely telling people what not to eat with only giving some weak studies on mice as reference points. Help me out more if you're going to take away my pizza, mashed potatoes, mother's potatoes au gratin, spaghetti and several Mediterranean, Indian and other dishes which I've enjoyed since being in remission since 2010.
Although my kids were not allowed to use Wikipedia as accurate references for their school papers I agree with what's written here Potatoes (Not Green) & Tomatoes May Be Just Fine
after reading about
30 different studies and articles on this thread. It also goes in line with what I grew up being told by my mother. She was very careful in selecting potatoes and warned me against skins and especially green potatoes and made sure, when peeling, we got every bit of brown or otherwise discoloration off them before boiling them.
So, as for tomatoes and eggplant, I agree with what guardian said above. My in-laws are Greek and the food is outstanding. As is the food from Turkey (sister-in-law) and is similar to that from Iran (my boss). All have several dishes made of eggplant and tomatoes. Just not gorging on any one item everyday - moderation.
Also, my brother in law from Sweden and his family would die without their potatoes and I have two sisters and the one who has eaten the most potatoes (married to the Swede) is not the one who has UC. The other sister and I don't really eat that much potatoes really - all anecdotal, I realize.
Eggplants do taste bitter, I read that's the sign of a bad potato, so just show me more evidence as to those being bad for UC please
So, jeanloup, please read that site above (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine) and tell me if this is or is not an accurate reflection of what you're trying to warn people about
I definitely read your sources but you just have to understand that there are so many different users who post what not to eat and what to eat and much is contradictory. I'm skeptical but intrigued and did learn more on this.
I won't ever eat another potato skin (didn't eat many anyway). As for tomatoes, I'm still looking for more data but I believe the upper gut is more of the issue with some. Eggplant - not certain and I only eat that about
once per month and holiday gatherings. I'd like more than mice studies though.
Male: born '66, diag. hypoglycemic '70; epilepsy '82, UC '84, lost hearing one ear in '04, Remicade (1/10weeks), Imuran 50 mg/day, Apriso, oxycodone - pain; Xanax - simple partial seizures; Carbatrol X - grand mal seizures