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Journal: March 11, 2009 
11th-Mar-2009 08:45 am

When people ask me if I have any food allergies, my truthful response would be no. But that’s not entirely accurate because I do have a psychological allergy to onions.

Bulb/dry onions, scallions, chives, spring onions, red onions…basically any type of onion regardless of its name or form. I won’t eat them. I do cook with them but I will avoid eating them like the plague.

I will take them out, push them to the side or eat around them. I might eat them if they’re so overly cooked that I’m sure they’re dead but even then, I have to work up to it.

My sister never believed that I have that severe a reaction to onions. She took me to a Korean restaurant once and ordered a dish that had onions. Of course, she didn’t tell me and when the dish came, it didn’t look like there were onions in it. I became violently ill to my stomach the moment I put some in my mouth. I knew. Those dastardly onions were in there. They may have been hiding but they couldn’t fool me. Suffice it to say, my sister never tried that again.

The funny thing is that my mother also never liked onions and one of my aunts as well. I never knew about my mother because she does eat them now. It seems that she made herself get used to them. Why? I have no clue. You won’t catch me doing something that illogical.

Well, that's all for today.

Avon barely amused
11th-Mar-2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I have a problem with the onion family but it isn't exactly an allergy nor is it an intolerence such as reapermum but it is a physical intolerence. I love onions, I used to eat pickled onions like some people eat chocolates, 2 and 3 at a time just by themselves, put a plate of good thick onion gravey with a large hunk of bread in front of me for a snack and I would fall down and worship you. But after 40 I gradually found myslf becoming unable to eat them. At first it was just mild indigestion but it grew worse and worse until I become physically ill if I eat any thing that has onion or garlic higher than the 5 ingredient listed( in the UK the closer to the beginning of the ingredient list something is the hogher the proportion of that substance there is in it)so your intolerence could be a real physical problem kalinda001 not a psychological one.
11th-Mar-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. I'd never heard of that before. So you can develop it over time too? I wonder why.
11th-Mar-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
It runs in my family, at least my mother developed a similar allergic reaction when she got past 40, hers was to chocolate.
11th-Mar-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yikes, allergy to chocolate?
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