The onion (Allium cepa) is a versatile vegetable with culinary and medicinal use. Garlic, shallots, leeks, scallions, and chives are all part of the Allium family. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated vegetables. In reality, it has been used as food and medicine by the Romans, the Greeks, and many other countries for thousands of years.
Plus, new studies confirm the traditional use of onion for its medicinal value. Inflammatory, bacterial, thrombotic, cancer, antioxidant, cardioprotective, and hepatoprotective are only a few examples.
There is still a chance that some people will have a negative reaction to onions despite their many purported health benefits. According to Healthline, eating onions can worsen the symptoms of four different medical conditions.
The most common disorder is IBS.
Healthline reports that 10%-15% of the US population suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The symptoms can range from constipation to diarrhea and include bloating, stomach pain, cramps, gas, and general weakness. Onions can cause or aggravate IBS symptoms, thus they may need to be avoided by those who suffer from it.
When stomach acid flows backwards up into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the stomach to the throat, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) develops. You might feel like your chest is on fire. According to studies released in 2000, certain foods, like onions, might cause heartburn by relaxing the LES.
Thirdly, abdominal distension.
It’s not fun to deal with the discomfort of gas-related bloating. Frequent consumption of onions has been linked to severe abdominal distention. The fibers in onions are what produce gas.
According to research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, some people may be sensitive to or even allergic to onions. People who are allergic to onions may feel a rash or have their eyes turn red and itchy if they come into touch with one. Those who are sensitive to onions may have gastrointestinal distress such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.