I bought an onion for the first time in my life. I did it just for you, my readers, because I promised you that I would try every single one of the 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. I don’t like onions and I never have. My mom used to have to make two meatloaf’s when I was little, one with onions, one without, because I refused to eat anything with onions in it. I don’t even like onions to touch my food, especially salad, because I can smell and taste the lingering onion flavor even when it has been removed.
However, I made a fresh, homemade salsa so I could experience the health benefits of onions. And, there is no denying the layers of health benefits that onions provide. Why should you eat onions?
Reason one –Fight cancer
Onions are impressive cancer-fighters. Multiple studies have shown that those who eat onions greatly lessen their risk of developing colon, stomach, prostate and esophageal cancer. And get this, in Vidalia, Georgia, where the Vidalia onion comes from, the death rate from stomach cancer is a staggering 50% lower than average.
Reason two – Relieve allergies and asthma
Onions also contain powerful antioxidants and are a great source of quercetin. Quercetin is not only known for its’ anti-cancer activity, but it can also help relieve asthma and hay fever by blocking some of the inflammatory responses in the airways. Quercetin can also help with allergies and heart disease.
Reason three – Build strong bones
Studies have also shown that onions help build strong bones because a compound in onions inhibits the activity of the cells that break down bones.
All of these awesome health benefits for a great price! Onions typically average only 99 cents per pound and you don’t even have to buy organic. The Environmental Working Group put onions on its 2003 list of twelve foods least contaminated with pesticides!
So how did my homemade salsa turn out? Surprisingly well! Not only did I really enjoy it, but my daughter LOVED it! Who knew I could find a way to get her to eat onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and avocado (when I mixed the homemade salsa with avocado and made homemade guacamole). Which is worth noting, ALL of these foods I just mentioned are on the 150 of the Healthiest Foods on Earth list. So, mix up some homemade salsa and get some amazing health benefits for only 5 calories per serving!
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 5 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until combined. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.
Do you like onions? How do you incorporate them into your recipes? Please share!