Whether eaten on a hot dog, in a salad, in dip or in chili, I think it’s safe to say, that for some, onions are an acquired taste. But, you may want to add sweet onions (Vidalia Onions) to your diet. Why? Three reasons are below.
Did you know the Vidalia Onion was cultivated for more than 80 years by growers? It also is known as America’s favorite sweet onion. And, here is a fun fact: Approximately 200 million pounds of Vidalia onions are distributed across the country and Canada yearly.
A Benefit or Three
1. One benefit to eating sweet onions is the fiber content. The fiber content of sweet onions has been proven to reduce the risk of gastric ulcers and aid in digestion. Sweet onions also can help maintain healthy bacteria levels in your intestinal tract.
2. Another plus to eating sweet onions is they can help with oral health. Yep. Chewing raw onions for several minutes can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and oral infections.
3. Sweet onions contain high amounts of quercetin, an antioxidant which may help reduce the risk of many cancers. According to the National Onion Association, studies have indicated that quercetin helps to eliminate free radicals in the body, inhibits low-density lipoprotein oxidation, protects and regenerates vitamin E and inactivates the harmful effects of chelate metal ions.
A Quick Question
Are onions, whether sweet or not, a part of your diet? Comment in the section below. And, don’t forget to vote on the poll question. Bon appétit! Your perfect sweet onion dish awaits.