Why Red Onions?
Almost no savoury dish is complete without a few chopped onions thrown in. But as well as being extremely flavoursome, the tasty vegetables are also hugely healthy, with red onions being slightly more so than white onions.
What are the nutrients in red onion?
Both are members of the Allium genus of flowering plants that also includes garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. Onions et al are particularly high in vitamin C, as well as being rich in B vitamins and potassium, a mineral in which many people are lacking. Red onion health benefits are even greater than their white counterparts because they contain a higher level of the antioxidants quercetin and anthocyanin which are effective at killing human cancer cells.
What are the heath benefits of red onion?
Major red onion health benefits from their high level of antioxidants such as quercetin and anthocyanin include helping reduce heart disease, diabetes and high blood sugar. Eating onions can also help boost bone density and thus prevent osteoporosis. In addition, eating onions regularly can prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria like E. coli and improve the bacterial balance in your stomach.