Onions – Magnet for Bacteria?

Onions are found in everybody’s home. But how much do you know about them? Are they good for health? Or are they bad? Or are they both? Here is an interesting forward doing rounds. It reminded me of the days when I was bitten by a dog and dad wrapped around a home made bandage of fried onions and turmeric.

In 1919 when the ‘flu killed 40 million people there was this doctor who visited 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.

onions-pull-bacteriaThe doctor came upon one farmer and to his surprise, everyone in the family 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.  She gave him one, which he placed under the microscope.  He found the ‘flu virus in the onion.  It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy.

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere.  Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

If this prevents you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case. What have you to lose?  Just a few bucks on onions!!

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 and antiseptic properties.

Left Over Onions Are Poisonous

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 have changed my mind….will buy smaller onions in the future.

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?).  It’s probably the onions, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

Onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.  It’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.  It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you.

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.

So, how’s that for news? Take it for what you will.  I am going to be very careful about my onions from now on.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onion and use or 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.