Health Resources – Onions

ONIONS – Translated from Doctor Salad on Facebook

Note: This document is for educational purposes. This is an interesting read. Always follow all sanity measures while storing your foods or storing partially use foods.

The article does not imply that the onions are a magic cure for an epidemic or a substiture professional medical advice. All persons should ensure to take measures for personal health.


🔆In 1919, when the influenza epidemic killed 40 million people worldwide, there was a doctor in the U.S. who visited many farmers to help them as much as possible. Many contracted the disease and died. But this doctor came to the home of one of them and to his surprise, the whole family was healthy. The explanation the doctor received was that the wife had placed unpeeled onions in different rooms of the house. The doctor could not believe what he was hearing and asked to see one of the onions to check it under the microscope. He discovered that the influenza virus had attached itself to the onion, absorbed it and saved the family.

* There are many similar stories, one of them being that of a beauty parlor owner who placed several bowls of onions around her business. Neither the employees nor the customers got sick. It would be interesting to do the test the next time an epidemic breaks out or there is simply a seasonal flu contagion.

* Another person spoke of his personal experience of having contracted pneumonia and his condition was serious. This woman learned of a case in which someone cut off both ends of an onion and put it in a large jar. She then placed the jar near the sick person during the night. The next morning the onion was black, covered with germs. The onion was almost rotten, and the patient had gotten better.

* It is a true fact that placing onions and garlic inside rooms saved the lives of many people during the great plague in Europe years ago. These vegetables have powerful bactericidal and antiseptic properties, and this has been part of the popular wisdom.

🌿An interesting fact: sometimes we have stomach problems and we don’t know what to attribute them to. Perhaps the culprits are the onions since they absorb bacteria and that is why they are so good at preventing us from catching a cold or flu, that is why we should not eat an onion that, after being cut, was kept in the kitchen. No section of a chopped onion should remain on the plate, it should be kept in a container or in a plastic bag and refrigerated.


During a visit to a mayonnaise manufacturer in the U.S., the person who tells the story says that the chemist told them that mayonnaise can be unrefrigerated because the pH is set in such a way that bacteria do not survive being unrefrigerated; and then he went on to say that what happens sometimes when people bring a potato salad to a picnic and then get sick has nothing to do with the mayonnaise they used but with the onions and potatoes.

* He explained that onions are a great magnet for bacteria, especially raw onions. One should never keep a portion of split onions unless it is stored in a zip-lock bag [or container] and kept in the refrigerator.

* In fact, it [the onion] was already contaminated when it was broken or sliced, and you have to be very careful with those hotdogs you buy at football or baseball games that have raw onions in them.

[Side Note:  Nutritionist Kavita Devgan said, “Yes onions should be cut fresh and cooked right away. However, they don’t turn toxic as their acidic pH inhibits microbes and bacterial growth.” She warned that keeping cut onions outside refrigerator can kill their freshness, and it’s not a good idea to consume them the next day.]


* The chemist said that if one cooks the leftover onion for a long time it will probably eliminate the harmful effects. But if you use leftover sliced onions and use them in a sandwich you may be risking problems. Both onions and the wet potato, the one used in a potato salad, will attract and generate bacteria faster than a commercial mayonnaise as they decompose.

*Warning: dogs should never eat onions Their stomach cannot metabolize them.

Remember that it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it the next day if it has not been perfectly stored. If it’s left out overnight in the kitchen it’s sure to be full of bacteria that can cause stomach infections the next day.

Onions contain high quality nutritional elements and the custom of eating raw onions is to be applauded. Those who eat it will always have unbeatable circulation, among other benefits. Translation: Courtesy of Francisco L. Gonzalez

Source: Doctor Salud on Facebook

Translation: Courtesy of Francisco L. Gonzalez Top of Form

Other Links:

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Refrigerate Your Onions (I personally still keep them in the fridge—in the lower fridge compartments, but with the learned note, I do not to put onions next to potatoes.)

Why are onions good for you?



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