Nicotine content in Eggplant

Nicotine Content in EggplantsWe all know what an eggplant is and most of us might be familiar with its different varieties but are you sure that you knew it that well? We might define an eggplant as a vegetable that is dark-purple in color (some are green) that is used to make “tortang talong” or “eggplant parmigiana” and even “ensalada” – there is more to eggplant that some of us might not be aware of.

Eggplant is a plant that comes from the family called nightshades and is nearly related to tomatoes. It is botanically classified as a berry (let’s just hold-on to that thought, we can discuss this in our future articles) though the fruit of this plant (which we also call eggplant) is used as a vegetable in cooking.

Did you know that eggplant is rich in nicotine compared to other edible plants? Eggplant contains 0.01 mg of nicotine per 100 grams. This means that eating a kilo (about 2 lbs) of eggplant is equivalent in ingesting 0.10 mg of nicotine. Are you getting worried now? Please don’t because this is way too far if we were to compare it to passive smoking. You see, it will take at least 9 to10 kilos (about 20 to 22 lbs) of eggplant before you get the amount of nicotine in a stick of cigarette. I’m sure that most of you don’t eat that much eggplant.

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Vanjo Merano

I blog about Filipino and Asian food and recipes.

5 thoughts on “Nicotine content in Eggplant”

  1. Nicotine is a naturally occuring substance. ingesting it is not harmful and the brain is ready to deal with the drug in this way. It is when you smoke and ingest nicotine at the levels it is presented that it becomes a super dangerous substance. 1 stick has enough to kill you dead but most of it goes up in smoke.

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