Onions Bring Tears of Good Health to Your Vegetarian Diet

22 May, 2009 (09:28)


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By Rae Udy

Slice that onion and weep, but know your tears are helping your health. The compounds that give onions the power to make you cry have been identified to fight cancer, help lower cholesterol levels and eliminate free radicals.
Scientists believe the allium family of vegetables, such as onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots, may protect us from certain forms of cancer.
First noted in an 1989 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the people who ate the largest amount of products from the onion family were less likely to develop stomach cancer than those who did not.
Researchers found people who eat one onion daily can raise their good HDL cholesterol levels, according to Dr. Barry Sears in his book The Top 100 Zone Foods. According to Sears, onions may also prevent asthma and inflammatory reactions.
Onions contain as many as 150 phytochemicals and one, quercetin, helps eliminate free radicals in the body and protects and regenerates vitamin E.
Onions are very low in calories with only 45 in one medium onion. They provide three grams fiber and 20 percent of daily value for vitamin C. Onions are very low in sodium and a good source of vitamin B6, calcium and potassium.

http://www.onions-usa.org/about/nutrition.php
http://health.learninginfo.org/onion-nutrition.htm

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