Sweet Onion benefits and nutrition

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Sweet Onion Quick Facts
Name: Sweet Onion
Scientific Name: Allium cepa
Shapes Globular to slightly oblong
Calories 106 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Vitamin B6 (33.08%)
Copper (20.56%)
Carbohydrate (19.22%)
Vitamin B9 (19.00%)
Vitamin C (17.67%)
Sweet onion is a variety of onion which is not pungent. The mildness in Sweet Onion is due to low sulfur content (especially pyruvic acid) and content of water  when compared to other onion varieties. Pyruvic acid accounts for bite in the mouth, pain in stomach, tear in eye after intake of raw onions. It does not necessarily have sugar in them in comparison to other onions. It has less pungency than others. Sweet onions are less tearing and a perfect choice to consume raw. Sweet onions are also called Mauis, Vidalias, OsoSweets, Walla Wallas and Texas sweets. The shape varies from round to flattened.

Health Benefits

  • Sweet onions are beneficial for heart as well as cardiovascular benefits.
  • Onions has chromium known for regulating blood sugar and is able to prevent blood clots.
  • Intake of sweet onions in raw form helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Sweet onions have fiber that lowers the chances of gastric ulcers and also supports digestion.
  • It also maintains healthy bacteria levels in intestinal tract.
  • The high content of antioxidant called quercetin lowers the chances of cancers.
  • Intake of sweet onions promotes bone density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Sweet onions have Vitamin C that promotes immune system and improves overall health.
  • Chewing raw onions for several minutes prevents the risk of tooth decay, oral infections and gum disease.
  • Rub half of an onion on face daily to erase blemishes without scars.
  • Onion tea lowers irritation and swelling in throat responsible for coughs and sore throat.
  • Onion stops nose bleed, cures warts and eliminates bacteria related with sickness.

Culinary uses

  • Add raw sweet onions to salads, relishes or chopped ones are used as a garnish.
  • Use sweet onions as the substitute for regular onions.
  • Make sweet onions to onion rings.

How to store Sweet Onions

  • Sweet onions can be kept for a week or two at room temperature.
  • Store sweet onions in an open paper bag in a cook and dark place for longer storage.
  • Do not wrap it in a plastic because due to its juicy nature, it becomes prone to rot and mold.

References:

https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=42720#null

https://www.thespruceeats.com/all-about-sweet-onions-4094058

https://www.realsweet.com/10-reasons-to-add-more-sweet-onions-to-your-diet/

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