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May 12, 2011 7:17 AM
I never used to eat much raw onion before but I then discovered how yummy raw red onion is.
I'd have it with my salmon salad all the time and loved it!

The past few times I've had red onion in my sandwich though it's given me a massive pain in my stomach almost like cramps.
If I leave it out and don't eat any I'm fine but the slightest bit of raw onion and I'm in pain again.
If it's cooked I don't have any problems.

Does anyone else have this problem?
Why is it that I've been fine eating it for months and all of a sudden it's hurting me?

I love you red onion, please don't hate me! frown
May 12, 2011 7:20 AM
i have the same problem with both red onion and onion. it gives me massive pains and almost like heart burn but worse. I have no idea what it is though. May have something to do with its acidity or something. x
  6794641
May 12, 2011 7:20 AM
I have the same problem when I eat onion. I love them too but I get cramp like pain. Not sure why?? I'm not sure why you could eat it before but now you can't though...
  4484044
May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
I can't answer specifically for red onions, but there have been times in my life that specific (well-loved) foods caused me distress and I had to cut them out of my diet for a period of time. I developed an allergy to cheese when I was young, and had to stop eating it for a few years. I can eat it fine now. I went through a stage where I was unable to eat spicy foods due to the unwanted affect to my bowels, but I can eat the hottest, sweat-inducing things now, with no after effects. So my suggestion is to avoid it for a month or 3, then give it a shot again...
May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
I have this problem some times, but I haven't had any problems lately.
May 12, 2011 7:22 AM
It is possible to develop allergies over time. I gained an allergy when I was pregnant with each of my children. My OBGYN said it was due to all the hormonal changes my body went through. My daughter brought a peanut allergy. My first son brought bananas and my second son brought pineapples. The only allergy I got over was the peanuts ohwell I sure do miss bananas and pineapples. I can't eat anything with the word "tropical" in it.

I'm sorry that you aren't able to eat onions anymore. Onions are something that I've always been allergic to frown
  1255254
May 12, 2011 7:23 AM
I get terrible stomach pain and bloating is I eat raw onion. it makes me very sleepy too!
  5028084
May 12, 2011 7:23 AM
Hmmmm, that's weird! Never heard of it happening. But I did a Google search for "red onion causing stomach ache", and I see that you're not alone. You might want to read about it.

I love red onion and I don't hate you. bigsmile
  3025758
May 12, 2011 7:23 AM
Red onions can cause heartburn.
May 12, 2011 7:25 AM
Thanks guys,

Hmm yeah I guess I'll have to cut them out for a while. Since eating healthy they have spiced up my sandwiches lovely and made them not seem so bland but I guess I'll have to find an alternative.

Red Onion is now my enemy. angry

flowerforyou
May 12, 2011 7:25 AM
I've discovered that if you marinate raw onion in red wine vinegar it takes some of the potency out of it. Try it, maybe your body can handle it in a slightly milder form.
May 12, 2011 7:25 AM
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Red onions can cause heartburn.


It's not heartburn it's more around my stomach area and feels more like severe cramps. I can't think of any other way to describe it. :S
May 12, 2011 7:26 AM
QUOTE:

I've discovered that if you marinate raw onion in red wine vinegar it takes some of the potency out of it. Try it, maybe your body can handle it in a slightly milder form.


Yeah I will try that thanks :)
May 12, 2011 7:28 AM
A lot of people can't eat raw onions. I would bet the stomach pain/cramps you feel is just gas produced as the onions are digested.

Maybe try something like Bean-O.
  6511124
May 12, 2011 7:30 AM
I am pretty sure onions are toxic in large quantities.

Either that or your body is telling you to stop eating them for the sake of everyone else! Onion breath is not the nicest!
May 12, 2011 7:30 AM
It's just gas. I've had minor bouts with it from time to time. Same with salad. Some days my body acts fine and other days I end up with gas and diahrrea. I had them quite a few times growing up...and never understood why.

All depends on how much bulking fiber you have in your tract, how much protein..etc...

If you have a gut full of green leafed vegetables, don't be surprised if you get gas and diahrrea.

Try taking a beano with your meal next time and see how it does.

Maybe a scoop of protein powder to balance your meal out....

There are sure some cases of people who have food allergies, but mainly its just gas...and gas/diahrrea cramps can make you feel like you are dying.....
May 19, 2013 3:52 AM
Hello. I have a *terrible* reaction to raw onions and garlic; also green onions, chives, leeks severely upset my stomach. What do they all have in common? They are members of the "allum" family. I've learned that it is a food sensitivity and that it's actually very common. It's not just gas or bloating. One time I just had a taste of onion (I had repeatedly told the waitress that I could not have any onion) and I got so sick, just from the juice, that I was throwing up. I also accidentally ate some raw garlic and I was sick for several days. I can't even digest onion powder (except for when it's in ketchup, go figure!). There must be an enzyme in the allum family, or maybe I'm *missing* an enzyme that causes this reaction.

I hope this helps!

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