Onions might make you cry on the outside, but on the inside, you can’t go wrong! These tasty vegetables can be added to almost any dish, and provide you with a range of health benefits! This includes thinning the blood, anti-inflammatory, immune system booster, helps digestion, improves bone density, fights the flu and helps with sleep! Phew, quite a lot to go through, let’s look a bit deeper into a couple of these benefits.
One of the main contributors to the above benefits is the high source of quercetin. This naturally occurring compound has been linked to preventing cancer. It was found that men who had the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk of prostate cancer (Ware, 2017). It was also found to decrease the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer.
High levels of folate like that found in onions have been linked to reducing depression. This happens due to folate preventing the buildup of homocysteine, which interferes with the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals regulate sleep, appetite, and mood.
Vitamin C plays an active role in many bodily functions, such as healthy skin and hair, and even preventing cancer. Like many other fruits and veggies, onions have a heap of vitamin C, another reason you need to be having a healthy balanced diet! (Szalay, 2017).
Heres the bottom line stuff:
Calories 64.0 (268 kJ) 3%
From Carbohydrate 57.8 (242 kJ)
From Fat 1.3 (5.4 kJ)
From Protein 4.9 (20.5 kJ)
Onion breath may just be worth it after finding out all of this!!
Szalay, J. (2017, May 9). Onions: Health Benefits, Health Risks & Nutrition Facts. Retrieved from Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/45293-onion-nutrition.html
Ware, M. (2017, Dec 19). Health benefits and risks of onions. Retrieved from Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276714.php