Day 65: Top three reasons to add onions to your diet

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!

9 thoughts on “Day 65: Top three reasons to add onions to your diet

  1. Haha I had to laugh because I remember your adversion to onions as a child. I love onions in all kinds of cooked foods. Meat dishes, veggie dishes, onion soup, BUT not too fond of raw onions ,, maybe in small amounts. Esp if they are really strong onions, Vidallias are the best raw.

    • Ha, ha! Yeah, I know you order your burgers with onions only and I order mine with no onions. Too funny! The funniest part is I like onion rings but not onions! Goes with my theory that everything tastes good fried!

  2. I LOVE onions! I didn’t as a kid, but I do now. I use them in all the typical foods you would expect to see them in, such as chile, spaghetti sauce, etc., but I also love to add them to other veggies that I roast in my oven. They get caramelized and oh so yummy! I love to add them to pot roasts, roasted chicken, salads, eggs, just about anything! To know that they have health benefits definitely adds to their appeal!

    • @Diane, isn’t it funny how as adults we begin to love food that we hated as kids? I don’t understand it, but everytime I try something new that I thought I hated, I’m like, why did I used to not like this? Too funny!

  3. Hi Stacy,
    We are “first cousins once removed”. So…yes, I also have a strong aversion to onions. Absolutely cannot tolerate raw onion!!!
    My husband loves them, so I cook them in the microwave and he adds them to his food. He also cuts slices of raw onion to add to his salads and sandwiches.
    The very worst is when we prepare Swedish Meatballs at church for a church supper. The building still reeks of onion the next day. Almost makes me gag, it’s such a strong odor!! Folks rave about the meal, but you don’t catch me eating that one.

    • @Janice – that is too funny! Must run in the family! You are better than me though because I don’t cook them for my husband, even though I’m sure he wished they were in some of my dishes!

  4. I sautee red onions with garlic in exta virgin olive oil, add sliced green and red peppers,(maintain the crispness of the peppers), add chopped zucchini and shredded carrot, sprinkle in cilantro, Rapunzel sea salt, black pepper, turmeric, curry, Herbs of Tuscany(rosemary, marjoram, thyme, basil, sage)….then add one tablespoon of tahin. Optional is 1/2 cup Coconut Milk or cream stirred into the vegetables as a final note. Serve over pre-prepared millet or brown rice.

  5. Hi! I had kidney beans salad yesterday night, with red onions, celery,garlic, apple vinegar and extra vergine olive oil…ohhh loved it! buon appetito

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