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For all you onion haters out there…there is hope. I used to be one.

Posted Jun 14 2010 4:00am

Onions and I used to have a hate-hate relationship. Seriously, I couldn’t stand those pungent little buggers. Plus, who would want to eat a veggie that was mean enough to make you cry!? Now I realize though that those tears we shed when cutting through an onion are really tears of joy. Joy because of the anticipation of flavoring a homecooked meal with the aroma and taste of a delicious onion.

What? A girl can change her mind! I’m really surprised how full circle I came with eating onions. I never used to be able to eat an onion, even if it was cooked into a meal. But not completely surprised because did you know that as a kid you have to be introduced to a new food several times before knowing if you really like it or not. Maybe I just wasn’t introduced to it enough as a kid… :) This is such a great revolution for me though now that I’ve been doing a lot of cooking on my own because so many recipes call for onions. Normally I would have just omitted them but now I see the amazing difference adding onion can make to a dish.

Plus did you know that onions have outstanding nutritional benefits?! Let’s discuss.

  • Onions are loaded with sulfur-containing compounds like allyl propyl disulphide. Remember our talk about phytochemicals!? This one of em!
  • High in chromium, a trace element. Between this element and the phytochemical listed above, onions may have some effects on lowering blood sugar in those with Diabetes.
  • Studies have also shown that regular consumption of onions can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease!
  • Studies have also found an association between intake of onions with lower incidence of some cancers thanks to those flavanoids and antioxidants they contain!
  • Onion. Does a body good. A new compound has been identified in onions, GPCS, that was shown to inhibit the activity of osteoclasts (mean old cells that break down our bones) in animals.
  • Contain some anti-inflammatory compounds, always a good thing for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Wanna try a dish that contains some super healthy onion?! I’ve made this recipe for Skillet Gnocchi With Chard & White Beans a few times now because it’s pretty delicious and the first time I made it I skipped out on the onion. Big mistake. The onions totally add some great flavor to this dish. Enjoy!


If you happen to have a similar distaste for onions like I used to, I challenge you. Try a dish with onions every so often and see if your feelings change. You too can have a love-love relationship with onions.


Peace, love, and food,

Kara


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