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Why I eat raw onions

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When writing my article on what to eat for healthy hair, I realized I never mentioned the humble onion before. How bizar! I love onions like there is no tomorrow and eat them daily (mostly raw).

The onion is to be found in every kitchen, but for me it’s far more than that. I can’t imagine life without onions. I can crave onions as much as I can crave my healthy chocolate creations. But did you know that onions are not only delicious, but also an important medicinal plant too?

“It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions.” – Julia Child

Onions used to be a preventative medicine during epidemics of cholera and the plague. They were apparently eaten by Roman emperor Nero as a cure for colds. Ever since onions are a popular food in the diets of many countries. Onions go back at least 3,500 years making them one of the oldest of cultivated plants.

To date, onions have shown their beneficial properties.

They’re anti-allergic, anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, all just in one onion.

I would not know how to cook without onions, but besides being a kitchen staple, onions are a world-class (cheap)  superfood. We’re probably way too much used to it to label it a superfood or maybe most of us don’t like raw onions? Because compared with high-quality foods such as red wine and green tea, the onion offers great benefits for both the prevention and treatment of multiple common diseases. Onions act also as a powerful antibiotic and are helpful in reducing food-borne illnesses.

Hundreds of scientific studies published show that onions are highly protective for our nerves and the cardiovascular system (even better than red wine) and  they enhance immune function, help to promote healthy hormone function and much more. Onions lowers cholesterol, inhibits hardening of the arteries, enhances elasticity of blood vessels and helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.  

Polyphenol

Polyphenols are plant compounds known for their disease prevention, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties. Onions have a particularly high concentration, with more polyphenols than garlic, leeks, tomatoes, carrots, and red bell peppers.

Onions are especially rich in polyphenol flavonoids called quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant that may prevent histamine release—making quercetin-rich foods “natural antihistamines.” As reported by The World’s Healthiest Foods:

“…on an ounce-for-ounce basis, onions rank in the top 10 of commonly eaten vegetables in their quercetin content. The flavonoid content of onions can vary widely, depending on the exact variety and growing conditions.

Although the average onion is likely to contain less than 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces, some onions do provide this amount. And while 100 milligrams may not sound like a lot, in the United States, moderate vegetable eaters average only twice this amount for all flavonoids (not just quercetin) from all vegetables per day.”

Nutritions

The onion contains natural sugars, vitamins A, B6, C and E and minerals such as sodium, potassium, iron and fibre. In addition, onions are a good source of folic acid. And so much more

The power of raw onions
 
The reason why onions are raw fairly better than cooked onions, is because of the sulphur levels. These are partly destroyed by heat. A simple, powerful health recommendation would be to eat a raw onion every day. Raw onions contain a whopping load of protective compounds, but no worries because even cooked onions still weigh in heavily on the health promoting side.

I chop them into my salads, put them in all my dips and all my warm dishes contain onions. All of them. The onion is for me without a doubt one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

If you think that I have a bad breath every day, I can refer you to this article. This method is perfect for a bad onion or garlic odor.

Do you also like to eat onions? Raw or baked? I would love to know!

 

photos by the green creator (c) (copyright)

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Marcus Lobenstein
    August 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Veel vrienden kijken me smerig aan als ik weer is aan een ui knabbel 😛

    • Reply
      Bianca
      August 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Haha ik ken het 🙂

  • Reply
    Joy
    March 10, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I love onions, especially raw! Or roasted! I’m a threat to anyone peeling and chopping an onion because I am sure to steal a slice or two and chew away! We pretty much consume onion every day! I love your article and

    • Reply
      Bianca
      March 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      Yay so glad to read I’m not the only one ♥

  • Reply
    Rudolphia Celaire
    April 10, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Hello Bianca
    I love onions I cook with it every day in my stew and rice and eat some raw while am cutting it I eat some, when I make a soap I put in 10 onions the more the merry a so your not the only one .Thank you for your tips

    • Reply
      Bianca
      April 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this article! 🙂

  • Reply
    JR
    September 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Omg…I never go on other blogs but so glad I found this one. I am obsessed with onions but it is only within the last 3 years. I never ate them growing up, ever. A few years ago, I had a craving and that was it. My kid says, “Onion doesn’t belong in every dish you cook”
    Me: it sort of does though 😏

    Thanks for the post.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      September 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Hi JR,

      I’m so glad this article was of any help.

      Yes, onions are everything 🙂 I think it was Julia Child who said “It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions.”

      Best,
      Bianca

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