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The Onions Triumphant Return

Onions here, onions there, onions seem to be everywhere! Bulb onions are among the laundry list of problem foods created for those with Interstitial Cystitis. However, onions have many layers beyond their appearance. They are sweet, tangy, and sharp, but they can also be rich, deep, and hearty.  Even though you have Interstitial Cystitis, there may be hope yet that you can enjoy the depth of flavorful onions.

In their raw state, onions contain amino acid sulfoxides and when cut these acids are released into the air making a lot of us cry. When you digest bulb onions, amino acid sulfoxides irritate your bladder. Caramelizing onions reduces the presence of these amino acid sulfoxides and increases the sweet qualities making onions safer to eat. Now I am not saying that I have solved the onion crisis, but science has proved these facts are accurate. We are all aware that the severity of flares fluctuate from person too person, so you may or may not be able to enjoy caramelized onions.

Onions are listed on the try it list - developed by both the ICA and ICN - and if you follow the elimination diet I would encourage you to eat caramelized onions as an alternative to just sautéed onions. The probability for flares is greatly reduced, but like I stated before, still very real. If you have enjoyed onions in the past and miss them dearly, you can follow the recipe for caramelized onions found in my recipe section.

Caramelized onions create a large number of different flavors, adding depth and sweetness to many dishes.  Therefore, I hope you unearth the ability to enjoy onions as they make their triumphant return to your dinner table.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case....

What causes IC?

Some of the symptoms of IC/PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of people with IC/PBS...

How is IC diagnosed?

Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC/PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC/PBS...

What are treatments for IC?

Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation...

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