Onions

I have not previously been a fan of today’s featured food. When ordering salads or burgers in a restaurant I would request “no onions, please”. However, that was my old way of eating. As I have embraced a plant based lifestyle wholeheartedly, I have come to appreciate the many health benefits of onions.

My opinion about onions shifted when I read about them in Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. The info I am sharing comes from the section on this versatile vegetable.

Onions are highly medicinal. They are one of the best foods available for keeping down bacterial overgrowth in the body, making them an important choice for anyone struggling with SIBO, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth.

Onions enhance the body’s production of B12. The sulfur they contain makes them naturally antibiotic. They also help to rid the body of radiation, viruses, pesticides, herbicides and toxic heavy metals. In addition onions ease joint pain, degeneration and discomfort, and help to repair tendons and connective tissue. The sulfur in onions also helps to slow iron loss.

High in the trace minerals zinc, manganese, iodine and selenium, onions rejuvenate the skin and protect the lungs. They help to combat colds and flus that cause bronchitis and bacterial pneumonia. And finally, the anti-inflammatory properties of the onion is good for the intestines, healing ulcers and soothing the intestinal tract.

This powerful veggie has gone from being a food I avoid to one that I include in my meals as often as possible. Almost every dish I prepare starts with sautéed chopped onions. They go into soups, rice and lentil dishes, curries and chili. I combine them with green peppers, carrots and celery to make veggie bowls. The huge shift for me is that I now include raw chopped or sliced red onions in salads and salsas. I even run them through the juicer occasionally along with other fresh veggies.

My attitude toward onions has changed so much that I now keep a good supply of them on hand in my kitchen. I know that if I have an onion, some vegetables, rice, and herbs or spices I can quickly prepare a wholesome, nutritious meal in minutes. I look forward to trying new recipes incorporating this wonder food.

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