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Healthy Eating: Onions
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No one really knows just how long onions have been with us. No one really knows their origin either. This is because onions leave behind no trace tissue evidence. Researchers hypothesize that, like garlic, onions originated in Central Asia. Some place their beginnings in Iran or Pakistan. The one thing for certain is that the commonality of onions led to their quick domestication.
A little onion history
Onions have been traced back to the 7,000 B.C. range in India, where they were documented as a diuretic, digestive aid, and good for the heart, eyes, and joints.
In 3,500 B.C., Egyptians used the vegetables as symbols of worship. The inner layers of circles represented eternity to the early Egyptians, who often incorporated them into burial rituals. Drawings of onions even appear on the inside walls of some pyramids.
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What's so great about onions?
Today, one of the onion's biggest benefits in our diets is that it can help increase bone density. An onion a day may keep the hip surgeon away! This vegetable also has anti-inflammatory properties. Animal studies have discovered that onion consumption may also help in regulating blood sugar!
The onion has not been studied in terms of human cases as much as garlic has. Maybe because it is so common, we have overlooked its health properties. Regardless, they are easy to add to your daily menus.
Onions are high in quercetin, a flavonol. In some vegetables, the flavors cook out if they are boiled, baked, or steamed. That is not the case with the quercetin in onions. It simply cooks out and blends with other items. That's why onions are great in a sauté or roux. They are also great to infuse with chicken broth. The flavor stays in the broth.