Paprika is a spice that is made by drying and grinding certain chili peppers. Depending on which chili peppers you use, you can end up with paprika that is either smokey, spicy, or slightly sweet.
There’s no shortage of reasons to include all sorts of spices in your diet. Not only do they make your food delicious, but studies have demonstrated they have the power to improve blood pressure and glucose tolerance.
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The only reason to avoid paprika would be if you have a sensitivity to nightshades. Nightshades are vegetables that come from the Solanaceae family of plants. They include tomatoes, potatoes, and all sorts of peppers (including chili peppers).
While most people can eat as many of these vegetables as they want without suffering any adverse effects, some people have problems after eating nightshades, including inflammation and stomach upset. If you’re not sure if you have a sensitivity to nightshades, the best way to find out is to eliminate all nightshades from your diet for at least a month, then slowly reintroduce them and note how they make you feel.
Mark Sisson addressed the issue of whether we should be concerned about nightshades.