"But by the grace of God I am what I am! 1 Corin. 15:10"

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Some facts about Onions

Pin It

A friend of mine posted this on FB so I just thought that I would share it with everyone.  Pretty interesting stuff!



ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!


In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million
people there was this Doctor that
visited the many farmers to see if he could
help them combat the flu...
Many of the farmers and their families had
contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to
his surprise, everyone was very
healthy. When the doctor asked what the
farmer was doing that was different
the wife replied that she had placed an
unpeeled onion in a dish in the
rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms
back then). The doctor couldn't
believe it and asked if he could have one of
the onions and place it under
the microscope. She gave him one and when he
did this, he did find the flu
virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed
the bacteria, therefore, keeping
the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser.
She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming
down with the flu, and so were
many of her customers. The next year she
placed several bowls with onions
around in her shop. To her surprise, none of
her staff got sick. It must
work. Try it and see what happens. We did it
last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it
to a friend in Oregon who
regularly contributes material to me on
health issues. She replied with this
most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about
the farmer's story...but, I do
know that I contacted pneumonia, and,
needless to say, I was very ill... I came
across an article that said to cut both ends
off an onion put it into an
empty jar, and place the jar next to the
sick patient at night. It said the
onion would be black in the morning from the
germs...sure enough it happened
just like that...the onion was a mess and I
began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that
onions and garlic placed around
the room saved many from the black plague
years ago. They have powerful
antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.

Lots of times when we have stomach problems
we don't know what to blame.
Maybe it's the onions that are to blame.
Onions absorb bacteria is the
reason they are so good at preventing us
from getting colds and flu and is
the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion
that has been sitting for a time
after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring
Mullins Food Products, Makers of
mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning
came up, and I wanted to share
what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food
chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
asked if we really needed to worry about
mayonnaise. People are always
worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's
answer will surprise you. Ed said
that all commercially-made mayo is
completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No
harm in refrigerating it, but
it's not really necessary." He explained
that the pH in mayonnaise is set at
a point that bacteria could not survive in
that environment. He then talked
about the summer picnic, with the bowl of
potato salad sitting on
the table, and how everyone blames the
mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is
reported, the first thing the officials
look for is when the 'victim' last ate
ONIONS and where those onions came
from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's
not the mayonnaise (as long as
it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the
outdoors. It's probably the
ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the

He explained onions are a huge magnet for
bacteria, especially uncooked
onions. You should never plan to keep a
portion of a sliced onion.. He says
it's not even safe if you put it in a
zip-lock bag and put it in your

It's already contaminated enough just by
being cut open and out for a bit,
that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you
put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!).
Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll
probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your
sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in
a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial
mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their
stomachs cannot metabolize onions
Please remember it is dangerous to cut an
onion and try to use it to cook
the next day, it becomes highly poisonous
for even a single night and
creates toxic bacteria which may cause
adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food

Please pass this on to all you love and care


filmansantiago said...

my son's actually having colds right now, perhaps i could try this one. an just hesitant though coz if i put one sliced onion in our room, imagine smell then. :) but this is a good read.

Pia said...

i read about this too. i have onions in my pad. not sure how effective it is but so far i haven't been sick lately.

Pamela said...

What an interesting post. Can't hurt to try it, would it? Gives new meaning to crying in your soup -- more like crying in your sleep!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Fascinating. I LOVE raw red onion but I may have to think twice about them ... and stop saving the cut ones!

Nicole said...

Thanks everyone for the comments! Pia.. it might be working then! lol

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...