Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike love to prepare eggplant because it soaks up flavor really nicely. However, that sponge-like tendency means that it also holds all the salt and fat it can find as well.
Beyond being aware of how you prepare it, know that eggplant is a nightshade and has one of the highest levels of solanine amongst veggies in that category.
It also contains oxalates, which can contribute to kidney or gallbladder stones. For people with chronic inflammation, joint issues, or predisposition to stones, avoid eating eggplant.
Yet another nightshade, white potatoes are on the Dirty Dozen list. The pesticide levels in non-organic potatoes are high enough to cause harm to the nervous system and liver. Potatoes are also often stripped of their nutrition through cooking.
Skinning removes vital fiber and then frying and salting compromises the potassium and vitamin C content, not to mention creates cancer-causing acrylamide. By all means, eat an organic baked potato now and again, but don’t leave the skin behind and go easy on the butter and salt.
Good alternatives to white potatoes include sweet potatoes, mashed cauliflower, and jicama.