Onions are a prized member of the lily family and an essential kitchen vegetable, used in every cooking cuisine across the world. You may not think such a pale coloured common place veg would be that important nutritionally but you would be wrong. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, lower blood sugar levels and improved bone health. Onions are high on the health benefits list so don’t stint with the onions.
If cutting onions irritates your eyes, there are a few tricks that you can employ. Use a very sharp knife and have the onions well chilled before you cut them or chop them under the extractor fan over your cooker.
Onions are rich in plant compounds and antioxidants, especially quercetin and sulfur-containing compounds, also vitamin C, folate (B9), vitamin B6 and potassium.
A typical 100g portion of raw onion contains 40 calories and provides 0.1g fat, 9.3g carbohydrate and 1.1g protein