8 Great Benefits of Onions

Never mind the tears they bring on–onions are an ace ally in your fight against disease. A prized member of the lily family, onions lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food. Not to mention you can buy a bundle from the grocery store for mere pennies.

Here’s a quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits:

  • The phytochemicals in onions along with their vitamin C help improveimmunity.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion lowers the production ofbad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Got stung by a honeybee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often.

Which type of onions are the healthiest? Researchers from Cornell studied 11onion varieties, and found that shallots and Western yellow onions were the healthiest for theirphenolic and flavonoid content.

My favorite way to enjoy onions is to slice them really thin, squeeze some lemon juice on top and add a little salt. Sprinkling a few freshly washed cilantro leaves adds fragrance and flavor to this simple, quick salad, without which no dinner of mine is complete.

Here are some other ways to enjoy onions (click on the titles or images for the recipes):

1.Rustic Caramelized Onion Tart

2.Herby White Sweet Potato Foccacia with Onions

Sweet potato focaccia

Onion and Sweet Potato Foccacia | Image and recipe credit: Chef Nathan Lyon

3. Crispy Baked Onion Rings

4. Homemade Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese and Thyme

Homemade pizza with blue cheese and caramelized onions

Pizza with caramelized onion and blue cheese | Image and recipe credit:Kevin Schuder

5. Baked Blooming Onion

6. Garlic, Potato and Onion Soup

Garlic Potato Onion Soup

Potato and Onion Soup | Image and recipe credit: Eve Fox

7.Roasted Stuffed Onions

8. Mujadara: Caramelized Onion, Lentil and Rice Stew

Mujadara: Caramelized Onion Lentil and Rice Stew

Onion and Lentil Stew | Image and recipe credit: Eve Fox

Related:
14 Surprising Uses for Onions

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1112 comments

Nita L
Nita L7 days ago

I'm glad to know that shallots are very healthy as I eat them all the time. Thank you for the recipes.

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

Very informative love onions Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W7 days ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

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Lindsay K
Lindsay Kemp10 days ago

Very interesting . Thanks for sharing.

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One Heart i
One Heart i10 days ago

Thanks!!!

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Danuta W
Danuta W10 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Beryl L
Beryl L11 days ago

thank you. I love onions.

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D18 days ago

I love red onions and eat them every day. Thanks for the tip to use all of the scallions

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Linda W
Linda W21 days ago

Thank you for the information and the recipes.

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