Onion known by the botanical name Allium cepais a commonly used vegetable that forms a quintessential part of Indian cuisine.

NUTRITIVE VALUE OF COMMONLY USED ONION VARITIES

Red OnionGreen OnionWhite Onion
Calories: 42 KcalCalories: 32 kcalCalories: 40 Kcal
Carbohydrate: 10.1 gCarbohydrate: 7.3 gCarbohydrate: 9 g
Fat: 0.08 gFat: 0.2 gFat: 0.1 g
Protein: 0.92 gProtein: 1.8 gProtein: 1 g
Fibre: 1.4 gFibre: 2.6 gFibre: 1 g

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ONIONS:
1.) Onions promote gut health-
Onions function as a prebiotic due to the presence of fiber inulin in abundance. Inulin fiber nourishes the gut microbes and promotes the growth of good bacteria and improve gut health.
2.) Onions improve bone health-

Onions prevent osteoclast activity. Allicin strengthens bone collagen and improves bone health.
3.) Onions possess anti-inflammatory properties-
Onions contain antioxidant flavonoids called quercetin which guards the bones against free radical damage.
4.) Onions can lower cholesterol-
Aliinase present in onions (and garlic) helps in lowering cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.
5.) Onions are good for the skin-
The presence of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and allicin onions promotes skin rejuvenation. Onions also possess powerful antiseptic properties and treats acne.
6.) Onions go best with tomatoes-
Tomatoes and onions are a good food combination. Sulfur compounds in onion promote the absorption of lycopene, a potent antioxidant present in tomatoes that protects against cancer, heart disease and promotes brain, bone, and eye health.
7.) Onions help in the management of diabetes and hypertension.
8.) Onions possess sleep-inducing properties-
Onions contain an amino acid called L-Tryptophan which possesses strong sedative traits. Therefore; onions have the ability to rectify insomnia.

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