Onions Actually Had A Totally Different And Surprising Use In The Middle Ages
On 25th July 2017
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."
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.