I can't get enough. In fact, the other day I honestly thought about sauteing up some onions with a yummy sauce. Not onions and something else. Just onions.
I started to become suspicious because historically when my body needed something in particular, I would start craving it. Particularly when I was pregnant, but also at other times (don't freak out...I know for a fact that I'm not pregnant).
Usually I crave either red meat (need protein or iron) or just veggies in general.
But now, it is most definitely onions. What does that mean? I am not versed on the nutrients that my flavorful friend the onion provides, so I looked it up:
Yes, onions are very healthy.
- Contain vitamin C and quercetin which are antioxidants. Quercetin reduces the incidence of precancerous lesions in the GIT and therefore has some anti-cancer properties
- Contain chromium, a trace metal which improves the cells reponse to insulin and therefore increases insulin's sensitivity, increases HDL-cholesterol levels (good cholesterol) and lowers the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- It also inhibits the breakdown (resorption) of bones and therefore is useful for people with osteoporosis.
vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, E & K. Vitamin B6 helps reduce
the risk for heart disease by lowering homocysteine levels in the body
(which result from eating meat)
- It also possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
In case you wanted to know!