We all know why cigarettes can be addicting but did you know that nicotine can also be found in other things besides cigarette? Believe it or not, nicotine can also be found in some fruits and vegetables that we eat every day.
Here, are some of vegetables and fruits that contain nicotine:
TOMATO- This fruit is very healthy and has a good source of lycopene. Did you know that it also has nicotine? The wet weight of tomato is about 7.1-7.3 ng/g, this means that there is 7.1 ng of nicotine in every 1 gram. Studies show that the nicotine level lowers once the tomato ripens. Tomato, belonging to the Solanaceae family, is found to possess a nicotine alkaloid called tomatine.
POTATO- This also contains nicotine alkaloid called Solanin, which is highly concentrated on its skin. Nicotine is higher when the potato is green and sprouting with 42.8 ng/g. While when it is ripe which have 4.3 ng/g.
EGG PLANT- This is second to tobacco, it contains 100 ng/g of nicotine. In simple terms, 10 kg of eggplant have the same nicotine content of a stick of cigarette. This only means that the nicotine content of eggplants is negligible compared to passive smoking.
TEAS- This is not too risky unlike the above mentioned. Green and black teas may contain a small amount of nicotine whether regular or decaffeinated. Studies show that black teas appears to have a non detectable to 100ng /g nicotine concentration. Compared to brewed teas, instant teas show higher nicotine content with a concentration of up to 285 ng/g.
CAULIFLOWER- This vegetable contains nicotine which are not part of the nightshade family, also contain nicotine. Research findings gave cauliflower a nicotine content of 16.8 ng/g.
Can you believe it that these foods contain nicotine? While we know that they contain insignificant level of nicotine, it is still highly possible that some people can be sensitive nicotine alkaloids that might cause health problems in the future. It is not entirely proper to ignore them. Don’t freak out about all this information. Even though this fruits and vegetables may contain nicotine, they are still edible and good for your health.
Lastly you should bear in mind that ingesting nicotine is a lot different than inhaling it.