Onions are Healthy
Almost all cooks use onions.I can remember my mother making fried onion sandwiches. I loved them! In the past onions were used to prevent diseases like cholera. The Roman emperor Nero used onions to cure colds.
Onions are great for seasoning food and can replace salt and vinegar. Did you know that onions have terrific health benefits? Onions are full of nutrients like vitamin C, sulfur, potassium, chromium, flavoniods, and phytochemicals. Onions are used so widely in the diet that they are considered a major source or antioxidants.
One phytochemical that onions contain is quercetin. Quercetin works as an antioxidant, destroying free radicals. The antioxidant action may help to prevent a number of chronic diseases. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, onions can help symptoms from bladder infections, prostate problems and blood pressure. The quercetin can have anti inflammatory and antihistamine effects that can help folks with allergies.
Onions contain a prebiotic called inulin. Inulin is a form of dietary fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Inulin can help with blood sugar control and may be beneficial for folks with diabetes.
Aside from onion’s health properties, onions are popular in cooking and they are delicious. They can be baked, steamed, boiled, sautéed, and eaten raw. To remove the smell from your hands rinse your hands in cold water, rub them with salt and rinse again. Then wash them with soap and water.
Here is a simple recipe for onion soup.
Melt 2 T butter in a large pot. Add 2 large onions that have been sliced or chopped and cook for about 20 minutes. Add 2 cans of beef broth, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. To serve, put a slice of French bread in a bowl and top with 1 C shredded Swiss cheese. Pour hot soup over bread and cheese.
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Valerie Lull, Author