Conducted by Nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume, the Australian Onions Health Report highlights that onions offer a range of nutritional benefits whilst also being low in kilojoules. With less than seven percent of Australians meeting the recommended daily intake for vegetables, Ms Alleaume says that adding an extra onion to your favourite dishes is a great way to boost your family’s vegetable intake.
“Onions are a budget-friendly pantry staple that are bursting with health benefits due to their high levels of vitamin C, phytochemicals and prebiotics.
“Their unique bundle of nutrients will even help ward off the dreaded cold and flu, along with boost gut health.
Key information from the health report:
“Onions are a reliable, versatile and affordable staple that can be easily ‘disguised’ for fussy eaters in your favourite family meals. Whether blended, sautéed, baked or fried, this tasty vegetable offers great benefits, and can help keep you and your kids healthy on the inside and out”
- Immune booster – 100g of onion provides between 15-20% of an adult or child’s recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. This essential nutrient is important for normal growth and development, immunity, healthy skin and cardiovascular health.
- Plant power - Onions deliver a unique bundle of vitamins and phytonutrients that help fight inflammation, protect against some cancers and assist in removing the stress on our bodies from environmental factors, such as UVB damage.
- Good for your gut - Onions contain prebiotic fibres that help with digestion and assist with increased mineral absorption, including calcium, magnesium and iron.
- Clear skin - There is a growing level of evidence that Vitamin C, flavonoids and polyphenols can protect the skin from the sun’s UVB damage and help reduce skin ageing caused by harmful free radicals.
- Slim picking - A 75g serve of onion provides only 96 kilojoules – a great choice for weight management.
- Heart health – Onions contain flavonoids, which have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Cooked to perfection - Slowly cook finely chopped onions to make them softer and sweeter. Cooking onions does not significantly alter the nutritional value.
A summary of this recent health research can be found in the Australian Onions Health Review 2017 along with recipes, tips and tricks for enjoying onions.
Source: Australian Onions
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