Varying in color from red to white and yellow, and ranging in flavor from sweet and juicy to spicy and pungent, onions are a popular ingredient in dishes the world over. In addition to adding a flavor boost to food, onions are also packed with incredible nutritional benefits.
Onions really are a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Just half a cup of chopped onion contains around 64 calories (ONLY!!), 15 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fibre, 7 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and around 10% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C, B6 and manganese.
Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium – all this without containing any fat or cholesterol.
We think that’s worth the streaming tears while you chop them up.
The phytochemicals found in onions are known to improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, offering an immune boost
Chromium found in onions assists in regulating blood sugar
Sliced raw onion encourages the production of ‘good’ cholesterol, contributing to heart health
Onions have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and heal infection. A paste or Ointment made out of onion is said to prevent infection in wounds and burns
Quercetin, a compound found in onions, has been known to prevent cancer – in particular stomach cancer and colon cancer
Onions, and their high content of Vitamin C, have a strong antioxidant benefits, combating the formation of free radicals
Folate, found in onions, may even help depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine. Homocysteine is known to inhibit the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which contribute to us feeling good
Onion juice mixed with vinegar has skin-lightening properties and can be used on for age spots, warts, or freckles
Adding onion to your diet certainly does have some fantastic benefits, however, the obvious downside to eating loads of onions is that the strong smell of onions translates into onion breath and onion-smelling sweat. If brushing your teeth doesn’t help, munching on some raw parsley is said to be effective in minimizing embarrassing onion breath.
As with all natural remedies, caution is advised. If you are unsure or are currently being treated by a medical professional for any condition, please consult with your doctor before beginning any herbal treatments.