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Weep for Health

Filed Under: Health Foods at 1:20 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
OnionsWith each movement of the blade, our tears pool and eyes burn, yet we continue chopping, sliding the knife carefully through the round, layered bulb. Even when our vision blurs, thick with water droplets, we continue. Why? Because we are cutting an onion. We are preparing one of the most commonly used ingredients in our kitchen, mincing to spice up a dish or slicing to add flavor to a sandwich. We do so, despite the visual discomfort, because the onion is the one vegetable that can add just the right amount of kick to any meal. It has the unique ability to artfully boost taste, just as it boosts health.

With as many vitamins and minerals as layers, there’s no question that the onion is a nutritionist’s dream come true.  After all, you will find in one bulb vitamins C and B6, chromium, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and folate. But the most powerful part of the onion is its antioxidants, specifically quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in tea and apples, as well as onions. However, when ingested through the latter, the absorption rate is up to three times higher than it is when consumed through apples or tea.  That high dose allows the quercetin to effectively penetrate the blood stream and reduce inflammation, which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease.  Therefore, by adding life to your dishes you are also adding life to your . . . life. You are adding length to the amount of time that your heart will continue beating properly. So, keep crying.

Onions are available year-round. Right now, the markets are stocked with storage onions, the variety sold from August to April. They have a dry, crisp skin and a sharp, pungent flavor. They are perfect for slow-cooked or ultra-flavorful meals and are named for their color (yellow, red, white). You can add them to soups, stews, casseroles, pizzas and salads. You can also place a thick sliver atop of your burger, along with tomato and lettuce, to add a little garden variety to your meat. Whichever way you choose, know that your taste buds will be tingling and your heart will be singing with health.

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One Response to “Weep for Health”

  1. Kelsey James says:

    Onions sound pretty cool now.

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