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No tears but new onion sparks angry outcry

Sting: Onions make people cry by releasing the chemical synpropanethial-S-oxid.

Has life become too boring? “In rich countries we have everything we need and nothing we want'' goes the complaint. Is removing risk, pain and authenticity a terrible mistake? Cooks around the world know the pain. First, the smell. Then the stinging. Finally, the tears. Chopping onions is a universal nightmare. There have been dozens of solutions: super-sharp knives, microwaving – even wearing a pair of cooking gogglesProtective goggles have been shown to reduce and delay the effects of synpropanethial-S-oxide, but not to stop it altogether.. But none seem to fix the problem.

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