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Onions belong to lily family, the same family as garlic, leeks, scallions and shallots. The word onion comes from a Latin word Unio" which means single. It is the union of many concentric layers.There are many types of onions, red, yellow, white and green.
Onion not only add taste to your food, also loaded with variety of medicinal effects. Some of them are listed below:
- It can reduce the risk of tumors in colon
- Onion extract helps to treat asthma, bronchitis , cold and cough
- They are natural anti clotting agent
- Provides protection against cardiovascular diseases
- It is very good source of chromium, which helps to manage diabetes
- Protects against ovarian cancer
- Boosts bone health ----very important for ladies, it helps prevent osteoporosis
- Antibacterial activity
Store them at room temperature and away from bright light. They should be stored away from potatoes, other wise potatoes will spoil.
Onions are loaded with beneficial phytochemiclas, so the way you choose and cook onions have effect on their beneficial properties they deliver. The most pungent onion is best for getting the beneficial effects
So next time when an Onion brings tear to your eye, just remember these medicinal effects and it will bring joy to your cooking
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