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14 Surprising Uses for Onions

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14 Surprising Uses for Onions


Rich in antioxidants, thought to prevent cancer, diabetes, and even the common cold, onions are nothing if not a superfood. But that’s not all they are — the same properties that make onions a great food to eat also make them great for other things, from healing your skin to cleaning metal. Click through to check out some surprising uses for onions, and leave your own tips in the comments section!

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:14AM PDT on Jul 13, 2015


5:22PM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

some good ideas. I love onions in a lot of foods. thank you

2:06AM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

most everything's better with onions and garlic in my opinion

2:05AM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

i think i'll stick with eating them. onion pie, french onion soup, deep fried onion rings etc...

2:03AM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

i've never met an onion i didn't love!

9:04AM PDT on Jul 8, 2015

Thank you

10:21PM PDT on Jul 7, 2015

Loved the onion egg recipe.......using the round of the onion as an egg mold...check it out! Oh, the hint of the cut red onion stored in container with cut avocado or over guacamole WORKS!!! Have done that for years. Thanks for sharing:)

5:07AM PDT on Jul 4, 2015

Thank you

4:36AM PDT on Jul 4, 2015


2:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thank you Katie.

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