Okay so lately I have been trying to cook even healthier than normal. I'm not so much a calorie counter (though I probably should be) as a five-a-day enforcer. I try really hard to build all of our meals around fresh fruits and vegetables. I love tomatoes, strawberries, apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes, carrots, celery, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, etc. Even if blueberries cost an arm and a leg, I usually buy them because I have read article after article of how good they are for you. However, up until now I had no idea that onions are so good for you. In fact, I thought they were mostly for added flavor and left them out of a lot of things to prevent bad breath. I mean I would cook with them because that usually lessens their potency, but I left them out of most dishes in their raw form. Well maybe I'm just going to have to buy myself some breath mints because did you know that onions:
Are anti-inflammatory and help to reduce inflammation of upper respiratory congestion, asthma, and arthritis
Contain quercitin that works with vitamin C to kill harmful bacteria, translation: fewer and less severe infections
Contain tryptophan to help us sleep better and elevate mood
Lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and high blood pressure
Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and 8 other cancer types
[info thanks to Good (&CHEAP) Eats]
Seriously, who knew? All of that and they are significantly cheaper than blueberries. Go onions.