Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Here is why the Brainy Gourmet loves Onions...

If you have been to the Brainy Gourmet Webpage and clicked on Brainy Tips, you will see that the number 3 item to have in your kitchen is the onion! Onions have been a long time cooking staple in many kitchens around the world. 

Onions contain vitamin C which is long thought to help your body improve immunity. For hundreds of years, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.  
Do you enjoy sliced onion on your hamburger? Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol, thus keeping your heart healthy. Onions also contain a powerful compound called quercetin which is known to have a significant role in the prevention of cancer.  

It has been said that the use of onion helps your body to seek out free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers. And, those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often in soup and salads.

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

If you have trouble cutting an onion and not crying about it, then here is another tip - chew gum while you cut, light a candle nearby, cut the onion underwater, wear goggles... get creative!

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