I've seen a few articles floating about the dark recesses of the internet recently telling all about the surprising places one can find nicotine. Obviously this is very interesting considering the flack the Electronic Cigarettes are taking over providing nicotine to those who use them, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the many other places that it can be found.
Nicotine is a naturally occurring chemical some plants, such as tobacco, use as a way of warding off predators. Tobacco obviously contains much higher doses of nicotine than most, hence its high demand throughout the centuries, but nicotine can be found in many other sources as well, though in much smaller quantities.
- Aubergine – It would take about 20 pounds of aubergine to feel the same effect as just a single cigarette.
- Cauliflower – You would need to eat around 60 of these just to get the same effects that you would from passive smoking.
- Potatoes – Nicotine is found in different quantities in the flesh and peel of a potato. Just to feel the effects of passive smoking would take 65 grams of pulp or 210 grams of peel.
- Ripened Tomatoes – It would take around 245 grams of lovely tomatoes to get the effects of passive smoking
- Pureed Tomatoes – This contains a lot more nicotine than its whole counterpart. Only around 20 grams of this to get the effects of passive smoking.
So whilst many things out there that you may eat from day to day may contain nicotine, it’s only in very small doses, so small you’d probably never notice. It just goes to show that things in life can still surprise you.