Things I didn’t know about ONIONS

by admin on December 2, 2011

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 family 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 wo uld 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 POTATOES.


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. T heir 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 poisoning.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Adele December 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hi Mike, Thank you for the info. Onions are one of my favorite things to cook with and I had never heard this before. Thanks, Adele


Cookie December 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

Wow! I didn’t know this about onions… and I’m guilty on the cutting and ziplock bagging! Tsk! Thanks for sharing, Mike! :)


Julie Klein December 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This is really interesting. I’ve always heard that onions were good for you, but I’d heard they were more of a preventative (as is garlic).

If onions “pull” the bacteria from sick people, it is certainly understandable that they’d absorb bacteria wherever they happen to be. Now I’ll definitely think twice before adding chopped onions (from a container, like at the ball park) on a hot dog.

Thanks for sharing this info.


admin December 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Jay. I am very new at this but I learning.


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