Onions are a true Superfood and we should try to include some in our everyday diet. Onions, Shallots, Chives, Leeks and Garlic belong to the “Alium” family and contain some potent properties reputed to cleanse your system and have unique anti-bacterial properties. Onions also contain naturally occuring antiseptic oils “Allyl Disulphate” and “Cycloallin”, research has found that Cycloallin helps the walls of blood vesssels dissolve clots that can form inside of them – this chemical is still found even after high temperatures, like frying.
Antioxidant Rich Onions
Onions contain Antioxidant Flavonoids, such as Anthocyanins, which impart a red/purple color to some varieties, and the flavanols… such as Quercetin which reduces inflammation and can provide protection against cancer.
Onions also contain Antioxidant Beta-Carotene, Potassium and the Sulpher rich amino acid Cystein, Fibre, Calcium, Vitamin C and Folate. I personally try to choose Organic varieties as most conventional crops are sprayed with chemical anti-sprouting agents. Alternatively you can grow your own, Garlic and Chives are so easy to grow either in pots or flowerbeds, you can also buy onion sets or grow onions from seeds.
Onions, Shallots and Garlic are probably one of the most versatile and well used ingredients in many savoury recipes, for me they are essential for extra flavour and the health benefits they can offer, so get yourself some onion goggles and get chopping!
The only downside is the onion breath, but cooked onions are not as pungent, but if your a fan of raw onions, like my grandad who used to have a raw white onion sandwich! then invest in some good mouthwash or chew some parsley afterwards!