An ONION a day keeps the doctor away??

My grandmother was asked the secret of her good health when she was 80-something years old.  She replied with a laugh, “I guess it’s the onions.  I eat onion every day.”

Well, she may have spoken more accurately than she realized.  I read this in Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions:

Onions contain carotenoids, B complex vitamins–including all-important B6–and vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulphur compounds.  They are universally valued for their medicinal properties, which include improvement of kidney function and antibacterial qualities.  According to some researchers, half a cup of raw onions per day is an excellent means of protecting the blood from a tendency to coagulate and clot.  Onions also have been shown to lower elevated blood sugar levels in test animals.  Pasteur was the first to recognize that onions have strong antibacterial powers; onions are also helpful in breaking up mucus in the throat, lungs and nasal passages.”

By the way, my grandmother will celebrate her 97th birthday this week.  Happy birthday, and pass the onions, please!  🙂onions

Here’s an easy onion recipe from Nourishing Traditions:

Onion Compote

6 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a heavy skillet, cook onion in butter and olive oil on low heat for 1 hour or more, stirring occasionally.  Onions will turn brown and develop a caramel taste.

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