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Patrick_ChineseForum

Hello,

Since when I was young, I loved eating eggplants. My mom always told me not eat it too much because it was bad for eye sight (oh and bamboo shoot was also bad, but that's the different topic). Anyhow I did some googling and couldn't find any scientific evidence about it. Is it just a Chinese believe? Her parents (aka my grandparents) migrated from southern province of China decades ago. How true is this believe? Is there any fact in it? Please feel free to share your experience.

Thanks,

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imron

Don't worry, you can offset it by eating carrots, which according to my (western) parents is good for your eyesight :mrgreen:

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renzhe

I'm addicted to aubergines, and my favourite dish is 鱼香茄子. I hate carrots in any shape or form.

My eyesight is not quite 20/20, but it's not bad enough to suspect any negative influence is being exerted by the mighty purple vegetable.

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skylee

Never heard anything bad about eggplant, and I love it. I think bamboo shoot is supposed to be 涼, thus one should not eat too much of it (similar applies to 荔枝, which is supposed to be 熱).

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Patrick_ChineseForum

imron: :-D ha ha ha That's a good one. So true! Carrot has a plenty of vitamin A which is really good for eye health. Nice thought imron. I'll eat more carrot to counter the effect of eggplant rumor.

renzhe: "aubergines"? I almost thought it was pinyin :-) hee hee Ok I just looked up the dictionary. I don't think we use such word in the states. Cool. Learn something new everyday.

skylee: 涼? The Chinese English dictionary translated it to "the five Liang of the Sixteen Kingdoms" or cold. Is it suppose to be the food that could cure 上火 (excessive internal heat)?

Thanks for your replies.

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abcdefg

Mother is always right. End of discussion.

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rezaf

I also googled it and it seems it is mildly poisonous because of solanine. I have never heard anything about it being bad for eyesight but my TCM textbook says it can cause diarrhea and that pregnant women shouldn't eat it. On the other hand it can 清熱解毒 and can help with clearing excessive heat. My book says it should be cooked with warm things like onion, ginger, garlic,... in order to make it balanced.

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Patrick_ChineseForum

Skylee, nice website. Thanks!

abcdefg, something tells me that you're a mom. :-) hee hee

rezaf, thanks for additional info.

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anonymoose

Eating eggplants will give you hairy palms.

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Patrick_ChineseForum

luozhen, nicotine? Is there really nicotine in eggplant? I think you're joking...

anonymoose, it would be nice if it can give me hairy head. I'm not bald but it's getting thin.

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xiaocai

eggplant and tobacco do belong to the same family, which is known for the many alkaloids the members produce. You can try rubbing eggplant pulp on your scalp and see what will happen, and please keep us updated.

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Patrick_ChineseForum

xiaocai, thanks for the keyword "alkaloids". Finally I could successfully get useful info out of google!

try rubbing eggplant pulp on your scalp and see what will happen
:-) hee hee I may not be a good candidate because I still have a decent amount of hair on my head (even though it's not as thick as when I was in my teen).

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jbradfor

You'll have to rub A LOT of eggplant on your head. From wikipedia, "Eggplant is richer in nicotine than any other edible plant, with a concentration of 100 ng/g (or 0.01 mg/100g). .... On average, 20 lbs (9 kg) of eggplant contains about the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette."

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Patrick_ChineseForum
On average, 20 lbs (9 kg) of eggplant contains about the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette.

jbradfor, that's a good info to know. To save time and money, I might as well rub a roll of cigaratte on my head to get same amount of Nicotine as 20 lbs of eggplant! :-D

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chickpea

well, I wonder who can eat 9kg of eggplants...and potatoes especially when starting to put out shoots, contain solanine, as their peel does always, too

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renzhe
well, I wonder who can eat 9kg of eggplants...

I can!

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skylee

In a year sure you can. :D

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Socen

I generally don't trust anything my mother says lol. I usually have to look up stuff they say online.

Take "hot air" (yeet hay) for example. What is that REALLY now? I keep asking parents and no one can give a consistent answer lol.

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