Onions, the “queen of dishes,” is a typical and cheap home-cooked dish. Its flesh is tender, juicy, lightly spicy, good in quality, suitable as raw food, and highly nutritious.
Regular consumption of onions has health effects such as sterilization, calcium supplementation, promotion of digestion, cancer prevention, anti-aging, lowering blood pressure, and lowering blood lipids.
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There is a saying on the Internet that onions are the “cheapest vascular stent.” Is this true?
A part of the Western diet
Onions have been a part of the Western diet for a long time and can be seen on the table almost daily. The Greeks are good at seasoning with them, which is indispensable for pasta side dishes. The French like to drink onion soup, and the Indians especially like to eat raw onions.
Common onions are purple and white. The reddish flesh of purple onion is more intense and suitable for frying or making lettuce salad. White-skinned onions are soft and tender, with high water content and sweetness. They have a golden color and rich sweetness when cooked for a long time. They are more suitable for baking, eating fresh, or stewing.
8 nutritional benefits of onions
1. They have a spicy smell and are rich in nutrition. They can increase appetite and promote digestion. They do not contain fat. Instead, their essential oil contains a mixture of sulfur compounds that can lower cholesterol and relieve symptoms such as loss of appetite, indigestion, and food stagnation.
2. They contain the trace element selenium, a potent antioxidant that can eliminate free radicals in the body, enhance cell vitality and metabolism, and help prevent cancer and anti-aging.
3. They contain calcium. Therefore, eating them regularly can improve bone density and help prevent and treat osteoporosis.
4. They contain phytoncides, such as allicin, etc., with solid bactericidal ability. Therefore, chewing raw onions has the effect of preventing colds.
5. They are effective against cold and influenza viruses and have a strong bactericidal effect.
6. They are the only food that contains prostaglandin A. Prostaglandin A can dilate blood vessels, reduce blood viscosity, and help lower blood pressure. Therefore, regular consumption affects patients with high blood pressure, high blood fat, and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
7. They can refresh your mind, help cells make better use of glucose, and lower blood sugar, and they are suitable for people with diabetes.
8. They contain a natural anti-cancer substance, which can prevent the variation of biochemical mechanisms in the body, control the growth of cancer cells, and have anti-cancer and anti-cancer effects.
Are onions ‘vascular scavengers’?
Many online videos claim that onions are “vessel scavengers” that can replace stents to clean blood vessels. So as long as you eat them daily, you can clean the blood vessels and clear all the impurities inside the blood vessels without stents. There is also a saying that black fungus can treat blood clots; is that true?
Doctors say that onions are rich in nutrients and have many health benefits. Still, cardiovascular diseases will become more irreversible in the middle and late stages, so it is not because eating onions can make blood vessels clean.
Onions contain quercetin, and black fungus is rich in dietary fiber, which can indeed help control blood sugar and lower blood lipids. Still, it can only be used as an auxiliary food for blood vessel maintenance and cannot replace regular medical treatment. If you suffer from cardiovascular disease, seeking medical help in time is recommended, and following the doctor’s advice to do the standard treatment.
Cooking with onions
There are many ways to cook onions, such as a fried egg with onion and fried meat with onion and celery. They all looked lovely and tasted good. They can also make soups, stews, salads, and even desserts. In addition, they can be cooked in various ways, such as roasting, sautéing, grilling, and baking.
Onions are a versatile and nutritious food used in various dishes. They are rich in nutrients and have many health benefits, such as sterilization, calcium supplementation, promotion of digestion, cancer prevention, anti-aging, lowering blood pressure, and lowering blood lipids.
However, onions cannot replace regular medical treatment for cardiovascular diseases, and seeking medical help in time is recommended. They can be cooked in various ways, such as roasting, sautéing, grilling, and baking, and they can be used to make soups, stews, salads, and even desserts.
Translated by Patty Zhang