4 Side Effects Of Eating Onions You Should Never Ignore

Onions are healthy root vegetables which are added to varieties of dishes in Nigeria and worldwide. Not only does this plant add spice and flavours to our dishes, but they also contain antioxidants and compounds which have been linked to reducing blood sugar levels, risk of cancer and other health benefits

However, eating onions, especially in excess can also cause some serious side effects. Some of these side effects might make you want to remove or reduce onions from your diet. In this article, I’ll like to enlighten you about some side effects of eating onions according to Healthline

1. Bad breath and unpleasant body odour- If you’re someone who appreciates fresh mouth breath and beautiful body scent, onions might not be for you. Onions contain some compounds which give you a bad mouth and an awful body odour

2. Contains allergic compounds- Onions contain compounds known collectively as FODMAPS. These compounds are under the category of carbs and fibres which some persons are allergic to. Those allergic to these compounds might observe symptoms like indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and stomach ache after eating onions.

3. Irritates the eyes- When slicing onions you will notice that your eyes get irritated and start releasing tears. This is because onions release a gas called lachrymatory factor (LF) which stings the eye. The eyes in turn produce tears to flush out this irritant. You can slice onions in running water or leave roots intact to avoid this.

4. Burns the mouth- Some chemicals in onions cause a burning sensation in the mouth when eaten raw. This can be reduced by cooking onions before eating.

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