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Foods that Contain Nicotine

9 December 2011 No Comment

 

Nicotine is an addictive drug, at least that is what the CDC, FDA and other governmental association wants you to believe. Nicotine provokes changes in the brain that makes you want it more and more. Inhaling or ingesting nicotine also provokes some unwanted health consequences such as increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, much like caffeine. A study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that some foods that we consume on a regular basis contain nicotine.  So is this chemical compound really as ‘dangerous’ as they want us to believe?  The following is a list of common foods that contain nicotine, naturally.

Eggplant

The food that is richest in nicotine concentration is eggplant. Eggplant contains a nicotine concentration of 100 ng/g. This vegetable is also a very good dietary source of fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and potassium. According to “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods” by Michael T. Murray, the health benefits of eggplant consumption are directly linked to the presence of a strong antioxidant called nasunin. Nasunin protects the body against free radical damage, helps rid the body of excess iron and helps lower cholesterol levels.

Green tomatoes contain nicotineGreen Tomatoes

Green tomatoes also contain dietary nicotine. The nicotine content of green tomatoes is 42.8 ng/g. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, green tomatoes are also a good dietary source of potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, folate and calcium.  We haven’t read anything about red tomatoes containing nicotine.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is another food source of nicotine. The nicotine concentration contained in cauliflower is 16.8 ng/g. According to MyHealthyFoods.com, cauliflower is also an excellent dietary source of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and fiber. Regular consumption of cauliflower will promote some health benefits such as protection against some forms of cancer, detoxification in the body and protection against rheumatoid arthritis.

Potatoes contain nicotine naturally

Potatoes

Another food that could expose you to nicotine is potatoes. Potatoes contain a nicotine concentration of 7.1 ng/g. According to Ayushveda.com, potatoes are also a very good dietary source of vitamin B6, vitamin A and potassium. The combination of these nutrients make the consumption of baked or boiled potatoes effective prevention against cardiovascular disease. According to the website, people who consume baked or boiled potatoes have a lower risk of heart attack and frequently have lower blood pressure than people who do not consume potatoes.

Nicotine in Food Studies

None the studies that we researched extrapolated data to see how much of the ingested nicotine reaches the bloodstream or its equivalent to the nicotine consumption in cigarettes.  However, we can safely say that consuming nicotine in food is probably a safer way than inhaling it in a cloud of smoke.   As a side note, green peppers and black tea contain no nicotine.

This post was written by

Gina King – who has written posts on Electronic Cigarette Blog.
Gina King writes on behalf of vapers for Veppo International, the leading brand offering a robust selection of e-cigarettes, personal nicotine vaporizers, e-liquid and e-cigars. Over the past 4 years, Veppo has provided more than 15,000 customers an alternative to toxic cigarettes. More info at VeppoCig.com

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