Can chewing gum stop you crying when chopping onions?

Rachel Greene-Taylor
Written by: Rachel Greene-Taylor
Posted on: 15 November 2016

In this fix or fiction video, we’re looking at whether chewing on some gum while chopping up onions can stop you crying.

Check out the video to find out:


This is a fix for the majority of people, but all eyes are different and unique. So next time you’re chopping up onions, test it for yourself.

Other ways to stop the tears when chopping onions…

Sharp knife
It’s the tiny enzymes in the onions that make you cry – so if you slice through them with a sharp knife, instead of crushing them, fewer are released.

It may look a bit odd in the winter, but wearing sunglasses can stop you crying. Just make sure it’s not too dark in your kitchen!

If you pop the onions in the freezer for about 15 minutes, this stops the release of those pesky acid enzymes, without causing them to lose any of their flavour.

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