Onion is a common part of the Indian kitchen. It is used in the preparation of curries, sandwiches, soups, pickles and what not. In India raw onion is often consumed as a salad with meals with a dash of lemon. Eating raw onion is encouraged during the summer season as it can keep you cool and offer a host of health benefits to the body. Adding raw onion is one of the simplest ways to make your meals tasty yet nutritious. Recently, nutritionist and lifestyle coach, Luke Coutinho took to Instagram to enlighten his followers about the benefits of eating raw onions. Let's find out more about the goodness of having raw onions.
Onions are a rich source of quercetin which is a natural pigment present in certain foods. According to Coutinho, onions contain quercetin that can help in boosting immunity. Quercetin is known to reduce inflammation, ease allergy symptoms, control blood pressure and can offer many other health benefits. Boost your immunity with this simple age-old habit of eating raw onion with meals, he writes. Other than quercetin, onions contain vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium. The presence of potassium makes onion beneficial for those trying to lower blood pressure. High antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also make onions a heart-friendly root vegetable. Onions can also offer you anti-bacterial properties.
According to studies, onions may help control blood sugar that can be helpful for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes. If you have severe acidity or GERD, onion may not suit you and in that case, it's recommended you cook the onions," Coutinho adds.
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