July 26, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Onions

When it comes to the king of the superfoods in the vegetable department, onions reign victorious. Although most people either love em' or hate em', they are so good for you it is silly not to include them in your diet. Used as far back as 4000 bc as a cure for many illnesses and ailments. Rich in vitamin A, B and C, and potent source of folic acid, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Most interestingly onions are a proven anti-inflammatory. The components in onions called allyl sulfides and bioflavanoids have been proven to lower the incidence of cancer and heart disease. With the addition of just 2 teaspoons of onion a day studies have shown a significantly lower risk of certain cancers as well as a detoxifying effect on the blood. Doesn't matter if you eat them raw or cook them, they have also been proven to help lower blood pressure. There are so many great recipes with onions but there is nothing better than a big red onion cut in simple slices thrown on the grill with olive oil, coarse salt and cracked pepper. And if you want to avoid the tears (even though there is nothing wrong with a good cry) squeeze some lemon juice on your knife before cutting.

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