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Various health benefits of Onions: Cold, Osteoporosis and diabetes.BY: Jessica | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-13
Onions are one of the most widely consumed vegetables in the world. It is basically the "bulb" which grows underground. Onions are eaten raw, processed, fried, barbequed and in so many other forms. Onions are believed to be an excellent food with a wide variety of natural health benefits. Onions have been consumed since centuries not only for flavor but also because many believe that it has divine powers of curing many diseases too. Onions are so beneficial that the Ancient Egyptians even worshiped it.
It is believed that onions are beneficial for fighting common cold, osteoporosis, diabetes and even some types of cancer. Health benefits of onions are because of several chemical compounds which have anticholesterol, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Dry onions are rich in fiber and very rich in sulfur compounds. It has been proved that onions can help in blood cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure to a significant extent. Onions also contain phytochemicals also knon as flavonoids (primarily quercetin). Onions can also be a source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Onions are a very good source of chromium, biotin, vitamins B6 and fiber.
Onions have also been used to treat asthma and act as a natural muscle relaxant. Eating onions few times a week can lower the risk of colon cancer and ovarian cancer. Usually onions which have most smell also have the maximum benefits. Even when you peel or cut onion it causes tears in your eyes which helps to release many toxins. Onions promote anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity in the body. No wonder onions have been used widely in sandwiches and salads.
Onions also help in reducing pressure as it loosens up the phlegm and circulate the sinus and drain out the mucus. Onions can also be beneficial with asthma and insomnia. Since onions promote better blood circulation they are a great muscle relaxant. Onions help warming up the body and promote strong lungs. They can be used in the treatment of boils and acne. Onions paste mixed with jaggery is used to treat sore throat in India.
People who suffer from allergies should not peel or cut onion as it can trigger their allergies.
How many calories does a medium onion (2.5 inch in diameter) has?
About 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber and about 45 calories.
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