Thursday, August 26, 2010


Onions is like the most common thing in our daily life. I never thought it could be useful and deadly at the same time. My cousin sent me this email that I think I wanna share.

This is how it's being useful:

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 and unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home. 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 in NZ. 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 of onions around her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work... (And no, she is not in the onion business)

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 the most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers 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 and onion, out one end on a fork and then placed the forked end into an empty jar... placing 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.

It is said that onions and garlic have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

How it could be deadly as well:

I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes, I don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.

Now with this info, I changed my mind... will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO>

Questions about food poisoning came up and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers. Ed is a chemistry expert and is in involved in developing most of the sauce formula.. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed 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 quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato sallad 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 probable 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 save if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in you refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in you hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probable 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 being to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.... 

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions 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.

That's about it. I don't know how true this piece of information is, I just want to share. You may have read this or may not cz this is a forwarded email. =D

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