Are you like me and discard onion skins after you've peeled them?
Then you're not alone. In Europe, for example, 500,000 tons of onion skins are discarded every year. But after learning about the benefits of onion skins, I for one am going to think twice before I dump them in the garbage again.
Did you know, for example, that onion skins contain fiber and flavonoids that are good for our body?
Research shows that onion skins are full of antioxidants and can help improve blood flow and lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
1. Help cholesterol
According to Dr. Victor Gurewich, consuming raw onions or onion skins helps patients with low HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Surveys show that people who ate raw onions or onion skins for 2-3 months increased their HDL levels by an average of 30 percent.
2. Lower blood pressure
Research shows that onion skins contain substances that are good for blood pressure and can help whether your blood pressure is too high or too low.
3. Reduce the risk of diseases
The researcher Vanesa Benítez has come to the conclusion that diseases like colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease can be prevented by eating onion skins.
The phenolic compounds in onion skins help prevent coronary diseases and have anti-carcinogenic properties.
4. Full of antioxidants
Onion skins are full of antioxidants, which are great for your body and immune system.
5. Prevent obesity
Onion skins are full of fiber and can help people who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to researcher Vanesa Benítez.
6. Promote hair growth
Research shows that onion skins are full of sulfur, which is believed to strength hair and promote its growth.
Onion skins are good for other things besides your health, too. For example, you can dye your hair with them and avoid putting chemicals and additives in your hair.
Bonus Tip: What to do
Eating onion skins doesn't exactly sound appetizing, so here are a couple tips to add onion skins to your diet in a smart way.
The best (and tastiest) way to consume onion skins is to add them to sauces or stews and then strain them out before you eat.
Another way to get all the nutrients of onion skins is to boil them for 10-15 minutes and then and drink the liquid after straining out the skins.
Be sure to use organic onions, since onions are sprayed with pesticides.
Please share this info with all your friends so they can also take advantage of the health benefits that onion skins have to offer!
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