Don’t Like Onions In Your Meal? Here’s Why You Should
You might be wondering why you should read this, perhaps you like onion and you assume that everybody does too. Besides, it’s flavoured right? Hmm… well, it’s time you changed that assumption. Personally, I’ve seen and heard a good number of people say that they don’t like onions in their diet — not because they are allergic, but because they just don’t like it — for some reason(s) best known to them. Nonetheless, this piece concerns everyone who eats food – whether or not with onions. It is quite imperative that we know what it is we’re adding to our meals, or what it is we’re missing.
But before diving into the main discourse, I’d like you to know that I aren’t just speaking from a well carried out front door research, I was actually a one time onion-hater (if I may coin the word). And a very strong one at that. Not because it made me sick but that, I didn’t just want to see it in my meal at all. In fact, it was so bad that when taking any meal not prepared by me, I’d get an extra (empty) plate to pick-out all the onion my eye could detect in the meal.
I wouldn’t tell if it was the taste or the sight of it that was distasting to me, but take it from someone who never used onion when cooking personally, it (onion) is (too) invaluable to not be in your meal.
Data available suggests that consumption of onions may prevent gastric ulcers by scavenging free radicals and by preventing growth of the ulcer-forming micro-organism, heliobacter pylori.
Another study in Europe, 2006, looked at the extent to which onion consumption and specific onion compounds affect the in vivo aggregation of blood platelets. This means that those who preferentially consume high amount of quarcetin-containing food, (which can be found richly in onion), have a reduced risk of thrombosis and cardiovascular disease risk.
A 2019 study in China found that regular consumption of allium vegetables (of which onion is a member) could reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by as much as 79 percent.
Moreso, onions in your meal are a great source of dietary fiber, and folic acid. They are low in sodium and contain no fat.
In fact, onion can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. (American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, April 2020).
Interestingly, onions has several beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cataracts, cardiovascular disease as well as cancer of the breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder. It also fights against heart attack and stroke. And all these are backed by medical studies.
Wow! Onions in your meal has so, so much. No doubt, it’s the vegetable you wouldn’t want to miss in your meal — you’d only be doing your body, harm. So, for those who don’t like it, have a change now and save yourself from a hospital bed, while for those who do love it, now you know there are a priceless benefits to it. Enjoy your onion-filled meal!