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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default The chemical weapons of onion and garlic.

    Great read in the NY Times today. May have to get the book.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/di...tml?ref=dining

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    Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks share a special stockpiled
    chemical and a second defensive enzyme. They produce a sulfur molecule
    that’s small and light enough to launch itself from the damaged
    tissue, fly through the air and attack our eyes and nasal passages.
    This long-distance weapon is called the lachrymatory factor because it
    makes people’s eyes water.

    “The lachrymatory factor is extremely potent,” Dr. Block said. “Only
    tiny amounts get anywhere near your face when you cut onions, but it’s
    still enough to make you tear up. When I smelled the pure compound it
    was overwhelmingly painful, like being punched in the eye socket

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: The chemical weapons of onion and garlic.

    On Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:43:59 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags wrote:

    > Great read in the NY Times today. May have to get the book.
    >
    > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/di...tml?ref=dining
    >
    > (snippet)
    > Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks share a special stockpiled
    > chemical and a second defensive enzyme. They produce a sulfur molecule
    > that˙s small and light enough to launch itself from the damaged
    > tissue, fly through the air and attack our eyes and nasal passages.
    > This long-distance weapon is called the lachrymatory factor because it
    > makes people˙s eyes water.
    >
    > ´The lachrymatory factor is extremely potent,ˇ Dr. Block said. ´Only
    > tiny amounts get anywhere near your face when you cut onions, but it˙s
    > still enough to make you tear up. When I smelled the pure compound it
    > was overwhelmingly painful, like being punched in the eye socket


    the experimental no-tears onion he talks about sounds interesting.

    your pal,
    blake

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