Many of us have cried over chopping onions. Do you know why they make your eyes water, though? Yes, yes, they have that pungent juice spraying up into your eyes. But do you know what’s in that misty juice? And don’t stop that chopping – chopping and crushing onions release health-benefiting compounds.
Let’s get straight to the point. The component in an onion that makes your eyes water is called lachrymatory factor, from Latin lacrima, or “tear.” (How appropriate is that!) Lachrymatory factor irritates the eyes and stimulate the tear glands to produce tears, much like the action of a tear gas. Continue reading –>