Despite common misunderstandings about nightshade vegetables and arthritis, there is no evidence to suggest that eggplant will worsen bodily inflammation and given its robust nutritional value should not be excluded by arthritis sufferers without good reason.
Loading the player...Healthy Eating - how eggplant can improve your diet Sarah Ware, RD, Registered Dietician and Nick Pratap, BSc, Kin, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, talks about how healthy food and exercise, including egg plants can help improve overall health.
Also known as aubergine or brinjal depending on geographical location, eggplant is a member of the nightshade botanical family which also includes tomatoes and potatoes.
Contrary to popular belief, nightshade vegetables are not uniquely inflammatory nor do they worsen inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Although not particularly rich in many vitamins or minerals (aside from potassium), eggplants do contain a wide array of antioxidant compounds including anthocyanins which are responsible for its purple colour. Anthocyanins are part of a broader antioxidant family known as flavonoids, which may have unique mental health benefits due to their anti-inflammatory effects on brain cells. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.
Beyond these compounds, eggplants are characterized by their high soluble fibre content which contributes to their soft, spongy feel. Soluble fibre has unique benefits for gut health, blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCPC, Rheumatologist and Sarah Ware, RD, Registered Dietician, talk about the health benefits of Eggplant in relation to arthritis.