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Are There Any Non Olfactory Reasons to Avoid Garlic and Onions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Aside from the bad odor that they can give you. are there any scientific reasons, or hypothetical scientific reasons Garlic and/or Onions are/might be bad to consume.

Please I'm only looking for science here, not "I feel bad after I eat onions", sorry to be blunt but onions and garlic make a big difference in the kitchen so I am looking for reliable information .')

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I have IBS, and people with IBS are overly sensitive to the contents of our colons. So what might be barely noticeable gas for someone else might leave me doubled over with cramping pain. That's why I eat a low-FODMAP diet, and garlic and onions are definitely out. Which is hard - people put onion in EVERYTHING.

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adverse affects = painful gas for me.

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on November 25, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Garlic and onions are often big problems for people with digestive disorders. Those who have difficulties with FODMAP foods often have problems with garlic and onions. It is my understanding, however, that the FODMAPs are not believed to cause the bowel disorder - rather people with certain bowel disorders (notably SIBO) will have symptoms after eating them. I think the reason some people (like me) have an increase in digestive symptoms after going paleo is due to an increase in FODMAP foods. However, many FODMAP foods are quite healthy otherwise, so I don't think the bowel disorders are caused by their over consumption. I think problems with the microbiome are a likely reason that people react improperly to these foods. I'm hoping to find a reason, anyway, because I really miss the flavor of garlic and onions in my meals. Here is an article describing the FODMAP hypothesis. It also includes a table that lists commonly consumed FODMAP foods.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1746.2009.06149.x/full

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 26, 2012
at 12:30 AM

I have IBS, and people with IBS are overly sensitive to the contents of our colons. So what might be barely noticeable gas for someone else might leave me doubled over with cramping pain. That's why I eat a low-FODMAP diet, and garlic and onions are definitely out. Which is hard - people put onion in EVERYTHING.

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Vedic Indians have some views on the matter, they're more cultural based than scientific though probably...

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on November 25, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Only if you are allergic to them. Garlic can act as a blood thinner so if you were on anticoagulant therapy you might want to limit consumption.

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on November 25, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Hell no. Garlic and onions rock. Scientifically speaking, of course.

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on November 25, 2012
at 09:32 PM

The title made me laugh.

Here's what I do know- I have seen countless studies about the health benefits of alliums.

I have never seen a study that shows adverse effects from them.

I have done a lot (I mean thousands of hours) of online research about food and health.

Why do you ask?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:16 AM

adverse affects = painful gas for me.

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