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Nicotine rich foods

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Nicotine has been detected in potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and sweet peppers, all food plants and members of the large family Solanaceae.

Nicotine has been detected in potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and sweet peppers, all food plants and members of the large family Solanaceae.


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  • 1. NicotineRichFoodsTomatoAs hard as it is to believe, tomatoes docontain some amounts of nicotine. It hasa net weight of 7.1 to 7.3ng/g. Whatthis translates to is about 7.1 ng ofnicotine for each gram a tomato has.However, it is said that the nicotinecontent reduces when the tomato ripensand it contains a nicotine alkaloidknown as tomatine.PotatoThis is a vegetable that contains anicotine alkaloid known as solanine,mostly found in the peel. A potato has anaverage weight of 15ng/g but goes toabout 42.8ng/g if the potato is green orstill budding while the ripe ones containas little as 4.3ng/g net weight. If you getpureed potatoes, then the amount shootsup to about 52ng/g. Such high nicotinecontent is said to have fatal implicationson human health.Eggplant:Also known as aubergines, these containabout 100ng/g of this harmfulsubstance. This may be the highestnicotine reading next to tobaccoproducts. This loosely translates to thefact that about 10 kilograms ofeggplants could contain the nicotinecontent of a cigarette. Examples of foodrecipes you might want to cook aneggplant are always available on theweb.TeasAs much as tea is one of the healthiestbeverages around, it also contains someamount of nicotine. Green and black tea,whether caffeinated or decaf, doescontain some nicotine. Black tea, forexample, has content of about 100ng/gof nicotine. Instant tea, as compared tonatural brewed tea, may have a nicotinereading going up to 285ng/g.