Onions absorb bacteria and help fight the flu...?

United States
January 31, 2011 10:58am CST
Have you heard this before? I just read an article that said people who cut up an onion and put chunks of them around the house do not get the flu, or don't get it as bad. They absorb the bacteria. This is why we get food poisoning from potato salad (not the mayo as we supposed according to them) onions that are cut and left out actually absorb the yuck out of the air and help prevent people from getting flu and colds that are caused by bacteria. Has anyone else ever heard of this? It's such a simple solution.. I'm thinking of trying it - but I am skeptical!
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@petersum (4527)
• United States
31 Jan 11
There could be something in that as onions do absorb some things, but I wouldn't leave then around the house. They have one proven ability that I don't particularly like - they attract cockroaches! Really, a glass jar half filled with water and a piece of cut onion in it makes an excellent cockroach trap. Anyway the house is full of garlic already to keep away the vampires! Just kidding.
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• United States
31 Jan 11
I hate roaches! These apartments have them too.. I hate it! Thanks for the heads up!!
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@godloves (147)
• United States
1 Feb 11
Interesting Post! I have read that onions are very high in good bacterias like acidophollis etc. These good bacteria help to kill bad bacteria from what ive heard. I have found the opposite here they roaches and the flies dont seem to like the onions at all. The roaches always seem to go back to the same place at night to meet and plan the take over of the world. I have found that a spray bottle with pinesol will disinigrate/disolves mosquitos in thin air with just a drop from a mister/sprayer. A little off the subject but I noticed that pests were brought up b4.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
Yeah, the pests has been my main concern. I hope they don't like onions because I'm thinking of trying it when flu season picks up. You never know until you try and if it works I figured that will be great - if it doesn't work I didn't really lose anything!
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Feb 11
GODLOVES: BLESS YOU!!! I could kiss you for that information about Pine Sol! I don't have any in the house, but I will after next time I go shopping! Mosquitoes are the bane of my existence! I loathe those whiny little vampires, & if they were an endangered species, I'd gleefully throw a party after swatting the last one into extinction! It's not so much the blood they take (unless it's taken by a swarm, it's little enough), or even the diseases they spread (easily fixed), it's that almighty, painful (flushugginer) itch they leave behind! Yes, yes, I know. It's a wonderful anti-coagulant, but we have others (which don't itch) & anyway I hate that sour little whine! Okay, okay, sorry. Rant over, but now, thanks to you, as long as Pine Sol is sold, at least, I have a weapon that will work! Avaunt, ye little buggers! I'm coming, & I'm armed! Maggiepie “Vienes una tormente!” (A storm is coming!) ~ Prophetic warning to Sarah Connell ending the first ‘Terminator’ movie.
@Theresaaiza (9413)
• Philippines
31 Jan 11
I also learned this from my father. He uses up one whole onion and would much rather throw away a remaining portion instead of keeping it for the next use because of that same reason. It easily harbors bacteria. But putting it around the house for everyone to smell? Yuck! I just hate the smell of that thing. Smells like an armpit! I tried boiling onions once and drinking the broth and I think it kind of helped cure my cough. Maybe it is one good antibiotic or bacteria-absorbing food. i really dont know.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
Yeah, I am not sure I want to smell it all day, but perhaps it is better than catching the flu and throwing up all day!
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
On second thought, yeah, you may be right. But I believe that there are other far more sweet-smelling ways to avoid the flu. ANd I would much rather opt for that.
@deebomb (15350)
• United States
1 Feb 11
Let me guess. You got this information in an e-mail right. This legend has been around since the bubonic plague in the 1500s. You would be better off eating the onions. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/swine_flu_facts_onions_and_flu.htm
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• United States
1 Feb 11
WEll, just because it's been around for a long time doesn't mean there is no validity to it! Sometimes there may be some simple solutions that are debunked by the medical profession since they don't stand to make money off of it!
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@deebomb (15350)
• United States
1 Feb 11
Check out the science. "A common flu lasts 14 days. When eating chicken soup (a household remedy), it takes only 2 weeks". The same with the onion.
@peavey (13738)
• United States
1 Feb 11
It depends on who you read: http://www.healthbulletin.org/colds_flu/colds2.htm
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Feb 11
I may have heard of this, but I'm not positive. Anyway, it seems like a last resort sort of solution to me, given the pungent smell of onions--especially old onions... Apropos of that, I'm reminded of an old joke which could just as easily apply to onions: "He who lives on garlic alone, lives on garlic. Alone." Maggiepie “Vienes una tormente!” (A storm is coming!) ~ Prophetic warning to Sarah Connell ending the first ‘Terminator’ movie.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
lol! You are hilarious! Yeah you got a point! But I don't think you would want to leave them out very long... I don't know!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Ooo...I love onions (remember that song?)! If I thought I could find a compatible ice cream, I'd try using them as a topping. I put them in darn near everything, when left to my own devices...& yes, I do live alone... Well, except for Miss Minnie, but she doesn't complain, & Elic has a poor sense of smell, luckily for her. Point being, I don't hafta leave them out, since I readily get on the outside of some kind of onions every day! Maggiepie "There is no hater like one who has greatly loved." ~ John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968)
@peavey (13738)
• United States
1 Feb 11
I think you'd be better off to eat the onion, along with some garlic. That's an old home remedy to kill viruses (virii?) and bacteria in the body. It seems to work, but of course, the "traditional" medical profession refuses to recognize that.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
Yeah, I don't like the "traditional" views. They are all about selling more medicines rather than curing and helping!
@peavey (13738)
• United States
1 Feb 11
Absolutely. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies all too often combine to satisfy their greed at the expense of our health.
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@Catana (738)
• United States
31 Jan 11
That's complete nonsense. There's nothing that will keep you from getting the flu except staying away from people who have it, and washing your hands any time you come into contact with something that could be infested with germs. The idea that onions -- or anything else -- can suck germs or bacteria out of the air sounds like something left over from about the 14th century. People used to shut their windows out night to keep out the "bad" air. Same idea. Same nonsense.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
You could be correct, however they are slowing finding that some of the old time "cures" actually had an element of validity to them! I'm not seeing anything modern that can touch the flu!
@Lance26 (958)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I received an email about this onion thing as the cause of food poisoning from potato salad but not as prevention from flu. Maybe I can try it some time, there's nothing to lose anyway. Thanks for raising this topic.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
Yeah, I may try it when flu season peaks. I mean if it doesn't work I only wasted a few pennies, but if it does work then I will think there is much benefit to that! So I figure it's worth the try.
@shuley (369)
1 Feb 11
Oh, its my first time to hear this and I read other comments , I learned something new today. But I always put onions in my cooking, it gives flavor and some say onions are a good anti-bacteria.
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• United States
1 Feb 11
Oh yea, I put a lot of onions in my cooking because I know they are really good for you! I also add a lot of fresh garlic too. They are so good for us in our bodies I thought maybe they will work outside our body too! lol!
@peg212 (2)
• United States
31 Jan 11
It can't hurt to try it can it?
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• United States
1 Feb 11
I don't figure it will hurt to try it! I may give it a try when flu season hits full force. That way I will know for myself if it is even close to true or not!
@katsmeow1213 (24547)
• United States
31 Jan 11
I'd be skeptical too. Though I've recently read that chewing a raw onion can take away a toothache, and chewing raw onions regularly can help fight many dental diseases. Hubby and I have both had toothaches lately, but we haven't resorted to munching on raw onions yet. Actually we've found that swishing vodka takes the pain away long enough to get to sleep! I cannot wait until my dentist appointment next week!
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• United States
1 Feb 11
I don't think I would want to chew on raw onions either. But I had never heard such that I could put it out to protect my family from something as terrible as the flu!
• Australia
13 Feb 11
Yes, I have heard this before...onions & garlic are definitely a great way to fight colds & flu...the only downer is that it tends to keep people away too ...I find that it is better eating the onions & garlic rather than leaving it around the house though.
• United States
13 Feb 11
Yeah, I think I would rather eat it too.. but hey- if it worked I might try it!
@sameer786 (839)
3 Feb 11
Onion is a very good vegetable with very benifits and you are right that we can prevent ourselves from flue by using onion.
@lady1993 (12384)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Wow..I have never heard of that. But i have heard that onions are really healthy.. So, instead of eating them, should we just make them absorb the bacteria. That's funny, but I think I will try it.
• China
2 Feb 11
I do have heard of this.Both the garlic and the onion can kill the bacteria, and also the onion has an effect on protection of heart.