Believe me when I tell you – “I am so much more than just a pretty wallflower! I’ve been dancing circles around you, your entire life, and you didn’t even notice!” Onions are part of the lily family, nutrient rich & gives us so much more than just adding taste to our food, they are the unsung heroes of a healthy body and -diet.
Of the variety’s available to us, the Western yellow onion & shallots, have been said to be the most powerful for their phenolic and flavonoid content.
Since onions are stacked with sulphur, which help relieve inflammation in the lungs, raw onions are very helpful as a natural aid for asthma sufferers. It improves breathing and clear congestion in the airways and will therefore also help when you suffer from a cold and feel all congested.
Containing Vitamin C, onions help improve immunity and their chromium content assists in the regulation of blood sugar and the fight against diabetes. Vitamin C is needed to build collagen, which is required to maintain the health of skin and hair.
Onions also contain high quantities of the antioxidant flavonoid quercetin which studies have proven to dilate the bronchi in animals. Further studies are still necessary to confirm these results in humans. However, quercetin plays a role to prevent certain cancers.
Raw onions also help lower LDL cholesterol levels and are therefore and excellent source to ensure heart health.
Because onions are free radical scavengers, it helps in preventing gastric ulcers and aid digestion.
The folate content in onions prevent an excess of homocysteine from forming, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain, thereby in turn prevents the forming of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine the feel good hormones that can help improve your mood and aids against depression.
More benefits are said to be: Treatment against insomnia, contains natural antibiotic & antiseptic properties, cures menstrual disorders. Raw onions should be consumed a few days before the beginning of your cycle. Onion juice takes away the sting if stung by a bee. Offers immediate relief against fever, cough, sore throat, allergies, etc. The list goes on…
In carb comparison for ½ cup between them: Red onions contain 8.9g Yellow 3.5g White 5.8g Shallots 12g and Green/spring onion 3.6g.
One cup of chopped onion contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 3 grams of fibre, 7 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 10% or more of the daily value for vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and manganese. Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
So tell me: “Shall we dance…?”