Why Are Onions Healthy?

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Which onion?

By: Carol Giambri

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Did you grow up believing there was only one kind of onion? The yellow one.  I did!  My mother used to make homemade chicken soup, chopped liver and hamburgers with them.  I hated them and if I was able to pick them out I threw them into the garbage.  It was a challenge with some foods as the onions were super tiny like in chopped liver.   

Shop organics always!

Pay more but still get the value for your buck. It is a choice.

Letting my mind run "hot pink"…

Where's the hot "pink" onions?  How about "eco" green? Why not shape them like cherry tomatoes? Or shaped like tiny oval-shaped yellow grape tomatoes?  Don't dreams come true?  With "pink" representation to breast cancer, and seeing tons of pink products "pink" has to be around the corner. 

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Shapes, colors and sizes…

Leeks, scallions, red, yellow, white, boiling or Cippolini are just some common types from the onion family.  Some are flat, skinny, round, fat and soon waiting for "triangle" shapes to be seen.  Have you tried chives?  They are skinny and have a garlic-onion flavor.    

Why eat?  Some health benefits...

Tuberculosis, insomnia (sleep), obesity (weight loss), etc.

Onions uses…

  • Onion rings (don't ever heat up oil; drizzle on at end)
  • Relish (cooked or raw)
  • Cooking (soups, stews, burgers)
  • Raw in salads or salsa

Let's get fresh………

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Eating fresh is best.

Get rid of "bad breath stink"…

Chew or eat a sprig of parsley to kill the "stink" at the end of the meal.

Two things about onions…

1. Healthy and make up cry

Stop crying…try these tricks…

  1. Chill the onion in the refrigerator before slicing…
  2. Freeze 10-15 minutes before cutting up
  3. Have candle burning near by


"An onion can make people cry, but there's no vegetable that can make them laugh."~ Anonymous


Weight loss…

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Onions and apples are helpful in weight loss.  Want to flatten and slim down?  Why not have apples and onions daily now that you see their benefits?  Holidays are around the corner.  Let me help you stay on target eating healthy during this season but then do it for all days not just holidays.  Yes, let's talk gardening too and save money.   

Toe tapping "onion" sing along music …

Reflecting and Acting…
Can you find more reasons to eat onions?  It is gorgeous in a fresh salad. Yes, dice, cube or slice.  Top it off with a homemade dressing with fresh herbs and wow yourself and company to finish it all up. 

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden, eating healthy as a frugal shopper and photography.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Anastasiya Day October 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I actually love onions :) and very useful information. Thank you for sharing this post with us!

McKenna Gordon October 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Loved this, Carol. Onions are also very good supporters of our liver, and raw onions help our body retain important friendly bacteria in the gut. I LOVE raw purple onions.

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thank you McKenna and so true about onions. Thanks for sharing. They are powerful. I “choose” to eat as close to the garden as possible excluding all animal products for decades now. I don’t always eat what I love like in the case here of “onions.” Maybe one day I will get used to it.

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Anastasiya for sharing. Wish I could say I love “onions” but I do eat what I don’t love if I know it is healthy.

Hughie Bagnell October 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thank you Carol! Wow, great information on onions…Thanks, Hughie

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Hughie. I thought I was being too extensive when writing this–didn’t know how or where to stop and glad it was great for you. Appreciate your comment.

Olga Hermans October 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

We eat a lot of onions in our household. but didn't know onions had so many benefits. Thanks Carol!

denny hagel October 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Funny thing, I spent the majority of my life hating onions…until I had a vidalia onion from Georgia! Wow was that good! Thanks for the detailed info you always provide Carol! Great job! Thanks!

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks so much Denny. Still haven’t found I love onions yet. Thanks for sharing. I feel sometimes when I write I go too overboard with information. Maybe I need to trim the “fat” as I see it but to some “meat and potatoes”?

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Olga, they are amazing. I don’t always know the benefits of all my fresh organic produce, but I keep eating it and loving them all. Well, sort of. Haven’t acquired a taste for okra. Maybe soon! Thanks for sharing and wow you are many steps ahead of others by eating a lot of onions. Now did you see how to get rid of the stink in post?

pat October 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Well I am a person that just loves onions, especially fried up in a little butter.  I put all sizes and colour in all kinds of dishes cooked and raw. Of course I like the added benefit that they are good for me. 

Cat Ebeling October 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Great article. I used to hate onions, now I love them!! All kinds, but my favorite is red onions, they have the most antioxidants and quercetin. Yummy!! Love them in most everything!

Elvie Look October 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

You are talking our love language… we love onions. Actually, I can't eat too many raw, I get heart burn, but cooked, no problem. Thank you for all the great info, especially on cutting them without crying. Hugs

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Thanks Elvie for sharing. Sorry about the heartburn when raw. Have you considered drinking more water as that could be a sign of dehydration or “thirst pains” as in book “Water for Health Healing” describes? Hope one day you can eat as many raw as possible.

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Cat, still not an onion fan but can tolerate a little only. Thanks for sharing about red onions.

Carol Giambri October 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Pat, wow, fried and all you love and then also cooked and raw. Wonder if I will ever say that. Thanks for sharing.

AJ October 14, 2011 at 3:12 am

Great tips Carol!
Maybe bad breath also, LOL!

Carol Giambri October 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

Aj, how funny. Added a cute I Love Onions vid now. You will probably miss it. Thanks for comments and the laugh–burned a few calories already.

Jennifer Bennett October 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Carol-I LOVE your articles!  I learn something new every time!  Lucky for me, I too like onions!  Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom! 

Carol Giambri October 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Oh, Jennifer, thank you so much. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the HIS body run on board and be the healthiest “tribe?” With a heath ministry my large church is not going for that but for the “numbers” in the chairs. At least I was personally told that several months ago. Great you love onions. If you come back I hope in 10 minutes scroll down the vid…it’s about 2 mins. and think you will get a laugh. Lucky you–an onion lover–now with parsley the stink goes bye-bye. Appreciate you sharing always and also your blog posts!

Solvita October 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Great advise Carol! Onions are great and now I know more than before I landed on this wonderful site! :)

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

Thanks so much Solvita for that compliment. I still wish I loved onions more than I do. But, my daily salsa treat from a restaurant is how close I get to eating them. Oh, put slices in salad and the flavor is heavenly. Now I can bear to enjoy the salad flavor but not eat the slices. Isn’t it amazing to know what we eat can “also” be healthy? Staying healthy with ya!

Healthy Juicer October 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

Never liked onions as a kid.  We grew up on yellow onions too.  I actually started liking them in my 30's when we started cooking with Vidalia onions. I especially love onions when they are sauteed in olive oil.  The smell is out of this world!

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