Nicotine is a highly addictive and toxic compound. Giving up smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco is not an easy task because of high-level of nicotine. However, nicotine is not just found in cigarettes or tobacco; even some of our everyday common foods contain nicotine. Nicotine is mainly found in vegetables like eggplant, peppers and tomatoes that are part of the Solanaceae family. These vegetables, also known as nightshade vegetables, contain a compound known as alkaloid. Alkaloid could be highly toxic. There are certain individuals who could be allergic to nightshade vegetables. The good news is that the cooking reduces the nicotine level. Also the consumption of nicotine via digestion system is less toxic than consumption via inhale.
We bring list of 7 everyday foods that contain nicotine.
Please note: Foods mentioned below does not lead to nicotine addiction.
Are you addicted to tea? Do you get headache or mood swings if you don’t get your cuppa? Well tea not only contains caffeine but research shows that tea also contains small amounts of nicotine. The nicotine in tea is almost negligible and the absorption of nicotine is not harmful.
Do you love okra like I do? Okra is a nightshade vegetable that contains insignificant level of nicotine.
World’s favorite and most common vegetable has nicotine. In comparison to other common foods that contain nicotine; potato has the lowest amount of nicotine present but no wonder we can’t say no french fries!
Another common kitchen food item and can you imagine you burger without tomato ketchup or your favorite gravy without tomatoes? Like potato, tomato also contains nicotine. Green and puree tomatoes have levels of nicotine while the ripened/cooked tomato has lower level of nicotine.
#3 Peppers (Capsicum)
Whether you love green, yellow or red, nicotine is present in peppers. Peppers or capsicum is also part of the nightshade vegetables or Solanaceae vegetables.
Cauliflower is not part of nightshade vegetables but it contains nicotine. The nicotine level in cauliflower is insignificant.
#1 Eggplant (Brinjal)
Eggplant or brinjal has the highest nicotine concentration. In fact, 10 kgs of Egglant is equivalent to 1 cigarette.
These are only few common foods that contain nicotine. The Solanaceae family is not the only family that is the source of nicotine. Berries like Goji berries and Huckleberries also contain Nicotine. Nicotine is also present in fresh herbs and spices. Nicotine present in the above foods is almost negligible and consumption of these vegetables is absolutely safe.