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 3 Recommendations to Reap the Most Benefits of Red Onions:

As with many foods, there are tricks to cooking red onions to receive the greatest health benefits. Here are a few tips you can utilize to ensure that you are receiving the highest amount of nutrients from red onions in the kitchen:

  1. The majority of the anthocyanin content is in the red skin of the onion. Avoid over peeling the onion and throwing these cancer-fighting compounds in the compost.
  2. The allicin compound in onions is released only when the onion is chopped or crushed. Like garlic, it is beneficial to activate the allicin compound by slicing into an onion a few minutes before adding it to recipes.
  3. Heat degrades many of the antioxidants in red onions. Eating them uncooked as often as possible optimizes the nutrients you are consuming. Consider cooking red onions at a low heat and avoiding high temperatures to limit nutrient loss.

Health Benefit #3: Regulates Sugar Levels

One of the benefits of consuming red onions instead of yellow or white is attributed to their low glycemic index. Red onions have a glycemic index (GI) of 10 on a scale of 0 to 100. This means that red onions are slower to release energy which increases blood glucose levels. Eating foods which don’t raise blood glucose if beneficial in preventing the development of type-2 diabetes.

Impaired glucose metabolism is one known contributor of cancer development. Maintaining stable insulin levels is critical to preventing physiological processes that can contribute to cancer. The low GI of red onions is associated with lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, inhibiting atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries), and also assists in regulating fat cell formation.

These vascular health benefits significantly reduce cancer risk because they are linked with an improvement in metabolism. This impacts hormone function and the health of reproductive organs.

All of this combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin allow red onions to help to neutralize free radicals that contribute to DNA damage, abnormal cell activity, and cancer growth.

How to Store Chopped Onions

If you want to chop all your onions for recipes later on, store them into a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Here’s some more detailed advice on how to store onions.

Nutrition

Besides being rich in antioxidants, onions contain a fair amount of:

Nutrients per Serving

The basic nutritional profile is almost exactly the same for white, yellow, and red onions. A half-cup serving of chopped red onion contains:

  • Calories: 32
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 3 grams

Onions and Food Safety

Health authorities in the United States traced a 2020 outbreak of salmonella to onions grown in Bakersfield, California. The outbreak was unusual because onions are resistant to most bacteria. Their papery outer skin is a barrier to contamination, and the drying process that prepares them for the market further reduces the chances of bacterial growth. 

Some believe that a cut onion will attract and absorb bacteria, but no proof has ever been given to support this claim. People have circulated this myth via email and social media since 2008. Onions have antimicrobial properties, so they are one of the least likely vegetables to harbor bacteria. Still, you should store cut onions in the refrigerator.

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