Health Benefits 101: ONIONS

Like garlic, onions are very essential in any kind of dish you want to prepare. This vegetable is very versatile that it has become a staple in any kitchen! From soups, sauces, main dishes, snacks, up to salads, they have become one of the most favorite ingredients out there.

What are Onions?

According to Julle Stewart, Onions grow underground as bulbs and belong to the allium family of vegetables, which also includes leeks and garlic (which has a bunch of its own health benefits, too). Yellow onions are the most commonly grown variety in the United States, but red onions and white onions are also widely available in most grocery stories. You can eat onions raw, cooked, or dried.

Yes, they can make you cry, but you can’t deny the fact that the health benefits you can get from this vegetable could also make you cry! 😉

Did You Know?

  • Slicing onions make us cry and we really hate that. But why do we cry while cutting onions? That’s because, when we cut onions, sulfur is released by the veggie. This sulfur reaches our eyes and combines with the moisture to produce sulfuric acid.
  • The onion is named after a Latin word meaning large pearl.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Health Benefits of Onions

MODERATES YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

People who eat the most onions and garlic have a reduced risk of insulin resistance, suggests research published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Healthy insulin function can help you control your blood sugar and stave off type 2 diabetes.

HELPS YOUR SKIN HEALTH

People who eat plenty of onions and garlic had a 20 percent reduced risk of the skin cancer melanoma in a recent study published in the journal Nutrients.

IMPROVES BONE DENSITY

Studies show that onion consumption is associated with improved bone mineral density. It is thought that onions help reduce oxidative stress, boost antioxidant levels and decrease bone loss, which may prevent osteoporosis and boost bone density.

BOOSTS DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Onions are a rich source of prebiotics, which help boost digestive health, improve bacterial balance in your gut and benefit your immune system.

PROTECTS YOUR HEART AND KIDNEY FROM DAMAGE

According to studies, people who eat the most onions and other alliums had a 64-percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a 32 percent reduced risk of chronic kidney disease, and a 26 percent reduced risk of high blood pressure.

Thinking of Ways to Prepare your Onions?

ADDITIONAL FACTS

You may hate chopping them because of the tears, but love it or hate it, onions play a pivotal role in the food culture of our country. And given the health benefits above, it is no surprise. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing vegetable, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of onions.

 

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