Native to Asia and the Middle East, onions have been cultivated for over 5,000 years! Ancient Egyptians highly regard onions; they even use it as a currency to pay workers. Onions are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs that includes garlic, chives, leeks and scallions. These allium vegetables have been cultivated not only for cooking thanks to its pungent flavor but also for the medicinal properties they contain. There are a lot of onion varieties. Onions vary in size, color and shape. Not all onions taste the same. Some are sweet, while others are spicy, pungent and some have a bold flavor. Here are some benefits of onions:
Oral Health – It may sound something you will resort to last but chewing raw onions for 2-3minutes could kill germs found in the mouth area therefore prevents oral infections and tooth decay.
Heart Health – Eating onions prevents red blood cells from clumping by thinning the blood. These clumps are dangerous because they could lead to serious heart disorders or cardiovascular diseases.
Skin Health – Mix onion juice and honey or olive oil and apply topically on acne-infected areas of the skin. Don’t eat it off your face.
Relieves Stomach Ache – Onions have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that give relief to upset stomach and related gastro syndromes.
Supports Bones and Connective Tissues – Studies show that consumption of onions increases bone density and may benefit women of menopausal age who are experiencing bone density loss.
Cancer Prevention – Onions lower the risk of several cancers even when consumed in just moderate amounts (1-2 times per week, half of an onion). Some of these cancers are colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancers.
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Incorporate onions in your diet by adding them in salads, stir-fry, roasted dishes, add them in gratins, guacamole, sandwiches, sauces, soups, stews, braised meat dishes, use them as garnish or you can enjoy them raw as a side dish! Yes, it cleanses the palette too! The healthiest way to prepare them is by cooking them in a hot pan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth.
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