The Onion: World Class Superfood

Onion Power

The only vegetable that makes you cry, happens to be an important source of quercetin, an antioxidant, that boosts the immune system.

Antioxidants scavage unhealthy particles in the blood stream, known as free radicals that damage cells membranes, and tamper with DNA.

Consuming onions on a regular basis has beneficial effects against adverse health conditions, such as cancer, asthma, allergies, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Onions are high in vitamin C, provide a good source of dietary fiber, and folic acid.  They contain calcium and iron, are low in sodium, and have no fat.

Cancer Prevention

  • The quercetin and phytochemicals in onions inhibit the growth of breast, ovarian, bladder, colon, gastric, and lung cancer.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

  • Quercetin is a potent anti-inflammatory helpful for managing rheumatoid arthritis.

Detoxification

  • Onions have antiviral and antibiotic properties.

Heart health

  • The quercetin found in onions raises good  cholesterol (HDL).

 

TYPES OF ONIONS

Yellow Onions

  • Yellow onions are white on the inside, and have a strong, pungent flavor.  The have a brown papery outer skin.

Red Onions

  • Red onions are white on the inside., and have a mild to sweet flavor.  They have a dark red papery outer skin.

White Onions

  • White onions are white on the inside, and have a milk flavor. They have a white papery skin.  Examples of white onions are Walla Walla, and Vidalia.

Copyright  2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Posted on June 5, 2013, in Food and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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