Onions Actually Had A Totally Different And Surprising Use In The Middle Ages

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in History On 25th July 2017
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Onions are a staple of many diets around the world. Whether you’re sautéing them, chopping them up in a salad, or deep frying them for onion rings, onions can be eaten in practically any way!

The popularity of onions is actually nothing new, either. In fact, they’ve been a pivotal aspect of people’s diets throughout cultures the world over for millennia.

History shows us that onions aren’t just good for eating, though. In fact, some of their uses are absolutely shocking!

#1 Benefits of onion

"Onions are super-healthy," said Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin. "They are excellent sources of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals."

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#2 Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals, or phytonutrients, are naturally occurring compounds in fruits and vegetables that are able to react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. Flavonoids are responsible for pigments in many fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that they may help reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

#3 Prevent cancer

A particularly valuable flavonoid in onions is quercetin, which acts as an antioxidant that may be linked to preventing cancer. “It also might have heart health benefits, though more studies need to be done,” said Angela Lemond, a Plano, Texas-based registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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#4 Source of antioxidant

Partly because of their use in cooking around the world, onions are among the most significant sources of antioxidants in the human diet, according to a 2002 report in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Their high levels of antioxidants give onions their distinctive sweetness and aroma.

“Foods that are high in antioxidants and amino acids allow your body to function optimally,” said Lemond. “Antioxidants help prevent damage and cancer. Amino acids are the basic building block for protein, and protein is used in virtually every vital function in the body.”

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