Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Why Onions makes you to cry?

It’s normal to cry when we cut onions, many of us experienced this. But, do we know what brings tears in our eyes when we cut onions? Research shows interesting facts, cutting onions release beneficial compounds for human being. Onions are having very rich health benefiting enzymes.
Onions are made of cells just like any other plants in the World. A membrane divides the cells into two sections. One side of this membrane contains chemical, an enzyme, which helps for the chemical processes in human body. The molecules of Sulphur presents in other side of the membrane.

While cutting the onion, the membrane broke down and both sides get mixed. This causes a chemical reaction and produces a molecule called Ethyl Sulphide. This is the one irritate your eyes and makes you to cry.

How to prevent it?

We can prevent the irritation while chopping the onion by following a simple step, cut the onion under water; it makes the sulphur content dissolve in water and rinsed down before reaching your eyes.

Enjoy peeling onions without tears...

31 comments:

Gail Dixon said...

Very interesting! Thanks for the tip. :)

Launna said...

I chop them in my mini food processor ;-) ... This prevents any of that onion spray too :-)

Nellie said...

What a good idea! Thanks for sharing with us.

Nee said...

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Bob Bushell said...

Crying is good for you, and so are the onions.

Nadezda said...

I chop onions in water.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Brian Miller said...

huh never thought of cutting it under water...interesting trick...will have to give that a try...

Karen Lange said...

I have yet to try this. I need to though, onions make tear up like crazy!

Thanks so much for stopping by Chatty Crone's blog today. It's great to meet you! :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great tip. Thanks for your nice comment and for following me.

A Lady's Life said...

How interesting?

TexWisGirl said...

i cook with sweet yellow onions and they don't make me cry. :)

Debbie said...

i always soak mine in cold water first, for about 15 minutes.

they taste better and no tears!!

Theresa said...

That is a great tip! I will try it out the next time I chop onions!

SweetMarie said...

Great tip! Hope you're having a wonderful week. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I was just thinking about this last night because I can't chop onions without crying! I try to hold my breath while cutting but that only helps for a little while. I didn't know what caused me to cry from cutting onions, so thanks for the education :)

Pat Hatt said...

Hate onions, so I won't shed a tear if they are flushed lol nice info

Anita said...

lovely blog :)
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Chatty Crone said...

I did not know that - I will certainly do that next time - under water.

PlantPostings said...

Thanks for all the great info about the onions. I do peel my onions under water, and it helps. I try not to get to close to the onion while I'm chopping it. I'm glad to know all the chemical properties of why it happens.

Sarah said...

I cry alot when peeling onions, so much so that I have to walk out of the kitchen, as my eyes sting so much. I will try your tip. Thank you for sharing. Have a pleasant weekend.
Sarah x

Buttons said...

Oh good idea I always use that as an excuse when I have been caught tearing up:) B

LL Cool Joe said...

I never chop onions! :D Don't they lose flavour in the water?

HolleyGarden said...

I've never heard it explained so simply! Thanks!

Friko said...

I have heard this before somewhere but I’ve never tried it. I’ll have a go, thanks for reminding me.

Also, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a friendly comment. You have a very interesting blog here.

MyMaracas said...

I never heard that explanation before of where the stinging chemical comes from. Interesting!

Barb said...

And - sometimes it's just good to cry!

Suzy said...

Thanks for the tip. Will try it next time I chop onions. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Daisy said...

I'll have to give this a try. Thanks!

sandy said...

great to know, thanks!

Deb said...

Good post

Kay said...

Underwater? Good gravy! That would be hard to do.

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