Thank you so much for your reply. Your concern is really very sweet, but please don't feel sad about my reluctance to give up tomatoes. Perhaps you should know that I came to your post through the eczema forum, not the Arthritis forum. I don't have that much of a problem with Arthritis pain, although I did have a problem with eczema earlier last year. At that time, I learned that eczema can be caused by food allergies , and that the most common food allergies are:
*milk, including cheeses
*nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts,
almonds and walnuts)
*shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps)
*wheat or gluten found in rye barley and oats.
After an elimination diet, I learned that soy, coconut and coconut milk (I love Thai vegetable curry) were causing my eczema. After eliminating them, I haven't had eczema since.
The importance of your post is to be aware of foods that may increase inflammation in the body, including nightshade vegetables. Inflammation in the body is very bad for many different reasons. For one, it is thought to be a precursor for cancer and heart disease. You are apparently intolerant to to nightshade vegetables, which is why you responded so well to their elimination. That doesn't mean that everyone is intolerant. I may or may not be. I'll have to find out. Nightshade vegetables are only a small part of dealing with inflammation, though. There are other foods and beverages that may cause inflammation. Below is a great article that addresses the bigger picture concerning possible dietary sources of inflammation: