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    Post New World Foods Harmful to Europeans?

    Europids developed over a long time without apparent contact with potatoes, tomatoes, tobacco, capsicum, maize, peanuts, chiles. Granted there are many other novelties introduced to European lifestyles since then, do you think these newer items are in general helpful or harmful?

    Do you eat peanuts, maize, (white) potatoes or tomatoes? Do you smoke or chew tobacco?

    Tomatoes, first brought to Europe probably in the mid-late 16th century AD, were also known as "mala insana" or unhealthy apple, and gives little or bad nourishment. It was eaten in the same was as the eggplant, fried with salt and pepper. Associations of the fruit as poisonous perhaps come from its acidity which might leach poisons from leadware on which it was served. Also it is related to Nightshade, which is proven to be lethal. The tomato is found mainly in warm or temperate areas.

    The sweet potato is supposed to have come to Europe with Columbus. The white or Virginia potato came to europe at the end of the 16th century. It is starch-full and apparently could likewise be cooked either as the eggplant was or as the turnip was before. The potato had difficulty being accepted because like the Tomato it is a relative of the deadly Nightshade. Harmful effects may now be known to come from the potato only from its overeating, especially in the fried forms, such as pommes frites and hashbrowns. Also, if potatoes are exposed to light very long, they will form chlorophyll and solanine and become toxic. Solanine is the lethal agent in nightshade and is found in traces in all nightshade plants including peppers. Its elimination from diet may help some arthritics: http://www.bellybytes.com/bytes/solanine.shtml


    The harmful effects of the absorption of nicotine through tobacco are well known. Also there are of course carcinogenic compounds presen in the leaf and its smoke. Native Americans used it for hallucinogenic purposes at first, and did not smoke it recreationally as became popular among Europeans. Swedish snus seems to be the least harmful way of enjoying tobacco.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco

    Maize and its parts are used widely for fodder, food additives and alternative fuels. It is also common in Mexican cuisine as well as Southern US cuisine, such as grits and hominy. Corn's nutritional value is mainly its protein per unit area, which falls somewhere between lentils and rice. The predominant use of corn syrup in a large percentage of packaged foods is surely harmful rather than beneficial.

    Peanuts were popularized perhaps somewhat after the legendary George Washington Carver performed his famous studies determining (variously bloated figures of) 300 or so uses for the peanut. Nevertheless the peanut occupies a position in the diet which might rather be filled by other legumes such as peas or lentils. Peanut allergies are severe, especially in western countries that use roasted peanuts. China has few cases of peanut allergies, and uses boiling rather than roasting processes. Other benefits of the peanut are its high reservatrol content (which may help fight cardiac fibrosis) and its use as an oil.




    Tomatoes:

    Total Fat 0.5 g 1% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Cholesterol 0g 0% Sodium 5mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 1g
    Potassium 360mg 10% Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 40% Calcium 2% Iron 2% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


    • Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A and are high in Vitamin C.2
    • Recent studies have determined that tomatoes are one of a few food sources of the antioxidant lycopene which is related to beta carotene. A study conducted in Italy showed that consuming seven or more servings of tomatoes a week reduced the risk of developing colon, rectal and stomach cancer by sixty percent!3
    • Tomatoes also contain the anti-oxidants p-courmaric and chlorogenic acids.3
    (Propaganda? see below site)
    http://www.tomato.org/reflex/about/index.html


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    Idaho Potato:

    One medium, with skin (about 5.3 ounces)



    Item Value

    Calories 110 Carbohydrates 23 Fat 0 grams Protein 3 grams Fiber 2,710 mgs Potassium 750 mgs Cholesterol 0 mgs




    Vitamins & Minerals Percent of U.S. R.D.A. ------ Vitamins & Minerals Percent of U.S. R.D.A.





    Vitamin C 50% ------ Magnesium 8% Vitamin B-1 (thiamin) 8% ------ Zinc 2% Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) 2% ------ Phosphorus 8% Niacin 10% ------ Iron 6% Vitamin B-6 15% ------ Copper 8% Folic Acid 8% ------ Pantothenic Acid 4% Iodine 15%

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    Corn (Zea mays, Maize)

    Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 ear, yields (77 g) Amount Per Serving Calories83.2 Calories from Fat9 % Daily Value* Total Fat 1g1% Saturated Fat 0.2g1% Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g Cholesterol 0mg0% Sodium 13.1mg0% Potassium 191.7mg5% Total Carbohydrate 19.3g6% Dietary Fiber 2.2g8% Sugars 2.4g Protein 2.6g Vitamin A4% Vitamin C8% Calcium0% Iron2% Vitamin E0% Thiamin13% Riboflavin5% Niacin6% Folate8% Phosphorus7% Magnesium6% Zinc2% Vitamin K0% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: Calories:2,0002,500 Total FatLess than65g80g Sat FatLess than20g25g CholesterolLess than300mg300mg SodiumLess than2,400mg2,400mg Calories per gram: Fat 9 · Carbohydrate 4 · Protein 4

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    Peanuts

    Nutrition data for raw, unsalted peanuts

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    Post Re: New World Foods Harmful to Europeans?

    I don't see how you could prove that New World foods are in general more harmful to Europeans (or anyone) than many Old World foods. Foods are harmful or not based solely on their inherent nutritional content plus their cooking method (if any). High-starch foods, for instance, are likely to promote unhealthy weight gain regardless of whether they are based on wheat, rice, corn or potatoes.

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    Post Re: New World Foods Harmful to Europeans?

    I wonder if more Europeans are allergic to New World foods than the Amerinds are. Personally I am slightly allergic to tomatoes (which is not a real evidence though).

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    Post Re: New World Foods Harmful to Europeans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oskorei
    I wonder if more Europeans are allergic to New World foods than the Amerinds are. Personally I am slightly allergic to tomatoes (which is not a real evidence though).
    My little brother is allergic to tomatoes, and really loves to eat them though, while I am indifferent to them, and can eat a bucket of them without any problem.

    I think it varies from individual to individual, at least allergies, with only some influence from genetics - not science, just my opinion, but I have seen other instances like this.

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