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8 Benefits of Onions That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

8 Benefits of Onions That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

To put it simply, onions are a staple in our diets. It seems like they manage to find their way into the recipe for many of our favorite dishes. This is by no means a new trend; it is known that onions have been part of the human diet for more than 7000 years, and were likely used to feed the builders of the Pyramids of Egypt!

Onions are widely used because of their ability to enhance the flavor of many recipes, but are you aware of the health benefits they provide? After all, they are a vegetable! Onions are a bountiful source of vitamins (specifically C, B6, B1, K, and H), folic acid, fiber, sulfur and flavonoids. They also contain important minerals like chromium, magnesium, phospherous, potassium and calcium. This wealth of substances has numerous health benefits for our bodies.

Let’s explore 8 health benefits of onions that may surprise you!

1. Onions can prevent blood clots

Quercitin, a flavinoid which is a major source of the many benefits of onions, is a natural blood thinner. It prevents platelets in the blood from forming clots. Onions also contain sulfur, which also prevents blood clotting.

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2.  Onions can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol

Quercitin not only helps prevent blood clots, it can also regulate our cholesterol. It has been shown to reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol while also helping our bodies produce ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This antioxidant makes heart health one of the key benefits of onions.

3.  Onions can prevent tumor growth

Onions are rich in antioxidants, which are known for their anti-tumor properties. Many of the antioxidants found in onions and other foods are capable of preventing cancerous tumor growth. Onions have been specifically linked to lower risks of colon, esophageal, prostate, and stomach cancer!

4.  Onions can improve mood and sleep

Onions are rich in folic acid (also known as folate). This amazing component helps the brain receive blood and important nutrients. It can also help increase the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which helps to improve our mood, quality of sleep, and appetite.

5.  Onions promote healthy hair and skin

Onions are a bountiful source of Vitamin C, which helps our bodies produce collagen. This is a crucial component for our bodies to maintain strong, healthy skin and hair.

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6.  Onions can remove toxins

Onions contain amino acids that can help our bodies remove toxic substances. These amino acids carry toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic out of the body to detox the liver. The buildup of these toxins in the liver is associated with a slew of diseases that can be prevented by adding detoxifying foods like onions to your diet.

7.  Onions promote colon health

In addition to preventing colon cancer, onions can help promote overall colon health. Onions are rich in dietary fiber, which promotes good bacteria growth in the intestine. It is also well known that dietary fiber help prevent diarrhea. Perhaps most impressively, the fiber in onions can help prevent painful (and serious) gastric ulcers from forming in the intestines!

8.  Onions help lower blood sugar

Good news for diabetics! Chromium, a mineral found in onions, helps our bodies regulate blood sugar. In addition, the sulfur found in onions helps lower blood sugar by promoting insulin production. This makes onions a very healthy choice for both diabetics and non-diabetics alike!

5 delicious recipes that can help you enjoy the many benefits of onions:

Roasted Stuffed Onions

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    Via Smitten Kitchen

    Easy Onion Rings

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      Via Food.com

      Vegetable Shish-Kabobs

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        Via Damn Delicious

        Caramelized Onion Quiche

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          Via SimplyRecipes

          Sauteed Kale and Red Onions

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            Via I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

            Featured photo credit: Africa Studio via shutterstock.com

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            Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

            Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

            In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

            And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

            Why is goal setting important?

            1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

            Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

            For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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            Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

            After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

            So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

            2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

            The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

            The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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            We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

            What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

            3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

            We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

            Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

            But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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            Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

            Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

            Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

            When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

            Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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            Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

            Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

            Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

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            It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

            Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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