Onion - the staple, humble vegetable is an omnipresent ingredient across the global cuisine. Sprinkle it generously on a crisp dosa or add it to the Pizza there is no denying the fact that all we need is one Onion for that extra flavour and taste!
Chopping Onions can be a teary process thanks to its sulphuric, alliinase properties but this amazing vegetable is loaded with unparalleled amounts of nutrition.
Powered with vitamin C, B6, manganese, potassium, Phytonutrients, and a wallop of antioxidants including flavonoids - quercetin and Sulphuric compound allicin, you name it, Onion has it!
Make it a part of your daily diet for a wide spectrum of health benefits including weight loss, lowering the risk of cancer and what’s more? Onions also aid in maintaining healthy and glowing skin.
Why Should You Eat Onion?
1. Protects Against Cancer
Researchers have proven the benefits of this wonder bulb in protecting cancer due to the rich antioxidant profile. As per the recent research published in the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition, there is a strong link between the increased usage of this veggie and lowering risk of several cancers. Onions activates pathways that promote the cancers cell to undergo apoptosis (cell death).
2. Improves The Bone Health
Onions are super rich in anti-inflammatory, antioxidant flavonoids - quercetin that guards the bone against free radical damage. It also prevents the bone from breaking down (osteoclast). The presence of Sulphur compounds allicin in onions works to strengthen the collagen in the bone. Women who included more onions in their regimen had better bone density and reduced risk of hip fracture.
3. Promotes Gut Health
The abundance of inulin - a fibre in onion functions as a prebiotic, that nourishes the gut microbes and promotes the growth of good bacteria. Inulin in onions also works well in preventing constipation, regulating the blood sugar, enhancing the nutrient absorption, and improving the density of bones.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
The presence of alliinase compound in onions helps in lowering cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart diseases. Alliinase is released when onions are sliced and this what makes you cry when you are cutting the vegetable. Also, the richness of plant sterols quercetin and saponins in onions all of which works to lower the cholesterol and improve the heart health.
5. Enhance Skin Glow
The chock full of nutrients in onions that include vitamin C, B6, and allicin the Sulphur compound works as an amazing component in enhancing the skin health and beauty. It is a powerful antiseptic that shields the skin and treats acne.
6. Onions Make Tomatoes Good for you
Food harmony is the way which benefits eating two specific food together that offsets the perks of eating each food separately. This works well with onions and tomatoes, researchers believe the Sulphur compounds in onions promotes the absorption of lycopene, a potent antioxidant in tomatoes that protects against cancer, heart disease, brain, bone and eye health. Luckily both make a delightful combination of salads, curries, omelets, and soups.