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Onions For Health

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Onion Nutrition:

  • Low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.
  • High in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate and manganese.
  • The nutritional value of onions makes them ideal for weight loss and maintaining optimum health.
  • Are good sources of fructooligosaccharides, which stimulate the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and create an environment in the colon that is unfriendly to harmful bacteria.
  • Like most vegetables are alkaline-forming.

Interesting Facts:

  • Onions have been cultivated for over 5,000 years in Asia and the Middle East. Today, onions rank sixth among the world’s leading vegetable crops.
  • Onion consumption in the U.S. has increased approximately 50 percent over the past 20 years, according to the National Onion Association.

Use and Safety

  • Onions are safely consumed by most people; but consuming large quantities of onions can cause stomach and gastrointestinal distress resulting in nausea and diarrhea.
  • As for the danger of keeping and using leftover raw onions; I could not find any substantiated information on this.

How to Store Onions:

  • Store onions in a well-ventilated space at room temperature, away from heat and bright light. With the exception of green onions, they do not need to be refrigerated.
  • Onions should not be stored near potatoes as they will absorb their moisture and ethylene gas, which will cause them to spoil quickly.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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2:33AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you

11:59PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

I've always liked onions

11:57PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Thank you for posting this

1:51PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

I love onions! Thank you for the information!

11:18AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013


5:58PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Soups are so much better with onions !!
I didn't know they should not be stored near potatoes ... now I do !! Thank you :)

5:42AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Love those them daily. Thanks for sharing.

12:34PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Love onions,thanks for sharing

11:47PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Love onions--especially red/Spanish onions. Will be eating more of them now! Thanks

4:46PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


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