Here’s 14 impressive health benefits of onions.
Life is like an onion, it’s stinky and you cry sometimes that’s how the saying goes right.
Well you may be surprised to learn that onions are pretty complex, although they may have a bad reputation they’re a vegetable.
So that means they’re packed full of healthy things your body needs, today we’re going to look at some impressive benefits of onions.
How to pick the perfect onion and how to store your new favorite veggie so you don’t waste money.
When you think of foods that are good for your health what comes to mind? kale an apple or maybe an orange?
Well it’s time to shine the spotlight on the underrated vegetable known as the onion not only are they packed full of vitamins that give your body a boost, they also make food taste delicious, but that’s just a bonus.
Onions have actually been used as food for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt keep reading as we peel back the layers on why you should be adding more onion to your daily routine.
1. They pack a punch.
Not just in how they taste but in the way they can help your body to just one onion can give you a considerable dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber and as we know a fiber is great for keeping you regular.
Not to mention if you’re looking to lose weight these vegetables are super low in calories.
According to the USDA food composition databases one medium onion has just 44 calories, but delivers a considerable dose of those important vitamins, minerals and that fiber we mentioned before.
2. Your heart loves onions.
Let the love affair begin because onions contain all kinds of benefits when it comes to your heart.
Onions can even lower your risk of heart disease, the US National Library of Medicine says onions have the power to lower cholesterol levels and a decrease in heart disease risk factors. such as high blood pressure.
Maybe you’ve heard that red wine also contains heart protective qualities, but according to medical daily eating an onion is even better. now the question is do onions and wine go together?
3. When it comes to antioxidants onions are one of the best.
The plant can share hi Marie search engines contain over 25 different types of varieties of antioxidants.
Which help fight against diseases like diabetes heart disease and cancer.
4. Onions are up for a fight.
Researchers at the National Center for Biotechnology information say veggies of the Allium genus like garlic and onions have been linked to a lower risk of certain cancers like stomach and colorectal.
Not to mention the US national library of medicine lists onions as one of the vegetables that can possibly put the brakes on tumor growth.
If that doesn’t count as a wonder veggie then we don’t know what does.
5. If you’re diabetic onion can help control your blood sugar.
Specifically fresh red onion. in a study cited by PubMed Central with 42 people who have type 2 diabetes.
The results show eating red onion reduced fasting blood sugar levels by about 40 milligrams per deciliter after just four hours.
So next time you’re at the grocery store mix it up and grab some red onion to add to your next meal.
6. Onion juice actually helps support strong bones.
To the US National Library of Medicine reports daily consumption of onion juice can improve bone density.
Which can help prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weak and even break from things like falling or even sneezing.
7. Not convinced onions are super vegetables yet.
Well a study done by the school of chemical engineering young yam University in Korea: says onions can even help fight against dangerous bacteria such as e.coli.
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It’s even believed that onion extract can curb the growth of bacteria. that is a major public concern in developing parts of the world.
8. They’re good for your gut.
Move over yogurt because onions are here for your belly too.
Onions are rich with fiber and probiotics which are those good bacteria your gut needs to benefit digestive health and improve immune fuction, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
There’s more than one way to cook an onion, there have been reports that eating raw onion can cause irritation in the belly and some people find it hard to digest.
We recommend starting with cooked onions and working your way up from there.
9. Onions can help get rid of that nasty cold.
Ever hear of onion honey syrup? well according to style craze adding this honey onion mixture to your routine it can boost your health.
Just cook some onion slices with a half cup of honey, until the onions turn translucent and soft and there you have it.
A spoonful of this every three to four hours can help you feeling better in no time.
10. May not smell the best but they can actually help with your breathing.
Especially when it comes to those with asthma.
Onions contain something called quercetin an antioxidant that can help reduce histamine which is what makes you sneeze, cry or itch.
Onions can also promote an anti inflammatory response in the body according to medical daily.
11. Say cheese.
Hang on have we switched to cheese? don’t get confused, we’re still talking about onions.
When it comes to your smile raw onions can improve those pearly whites, now this one is not for the faint of heart.
If you want to boost your oral health, natural Society recommends chewing on raw onion for about 2 to 3 minutes in order to help strengthen teeth and get rid of bacteria.
That can cause tooth decay you know what they say an onion a day keeps the doctor away.
12. Onions can help keep your immune system strong.
A dietician based in Washington DC: says the polyphenols in onions act as antioxidants protecting the body against free radicals.
Eliminating free radicals can help encourage a strong immune system, your immune system is basically your body’s defense against potentially harmful viruses and diseases.
So given the chance wouldn’t you want to help strengthen it.
13. Onions have the power to heal.
The folks at care to say people have been using onions for their healing properties for centuries and we’re just hearing about this now.
They go on to say the main benefits include reducing inflammation and healing infections.
For example let’s say you get stung by a honey bee, that hurts but pain won’t last for long.
If you have an onion close by just apply some onion juice to the sting for instant relief from any pain or burning sensations.
14. Onions are super easy to add to your diet.
A great addition if you’re trying to lose weight.
Try them in your favorite chili or spiced up taco night with some homemade guacamole and fresh salsa.
You’ll be surprised with the many different ways you can incorporate onions into some of your favorite recipes.
Now that you know all the ways in which an onion cares for you, now you should know all the ways to care for your onions.
When it comes to choosing the perfect onion you want one that is clean, hard and has a dry smooth skin.
There are many types of onion but if you’re looking for one that’s available throughout the year regular yellow onions are probably your best bet.
Once you get your onions home do not put them in the fridge. we know weird right? according to helpline whole onions absorb moisture very easily and putting them in the fridge could make them mushy or spoil faster.
However peeled or sliced onions can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. whole onions are best kept in a cool dark and well-ventilated place, like your pantry, basement or garage.
Before we wrap up there is one thing we want you to know about our friend the onion.
It does have a reputation for being a little pungent, the main negative aspect of cooking with onions is indeed the smell it can be a real problem.
But fear not dear viewer we’ve got the remedy for the onions revenge, BBC good food has this tip for getting that onion smell off your hands and breath.
After chopping onions try rinsing the hands with cold water, rubbing them with salt, rinsing again and then washing with soap and warm water.
To remove the smell from your breath eat a few pieces of parsley or an apple to conceal the odor and that’s it.
So how impressive was this list? are you going to start adding onion juice to your daily routine?
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