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Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

Why Do Onions Make You Cry?


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Grade Level Grades 6-12

About This Lesson

The onion — how could something that tastes so good cause so many tears? Common in cuisine from all around the globe, onions are world renowned for their ability to make us all look like cry babies. We've taken it upon ourselves at Bytesize Science to get to the bottom of this teary phenomenon. In our latest video, we dug up the roots of this culinary annoyance to figure out exactly what chemical mechanisms trigger this reaction in our eyes, and we even threw in a couple techniques you can try at home to stop the tears before they start.



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