Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Day 1590 - Onions and Garlic

Onions and Garlic - So much more than bad breath ...

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Who uses a lot of onions and garlic?  They're great little flavour boosters, even if they do give you stinky breath.  They belong to the plant genus called alliums and they're pretty impressive little "super foods" as well. You can get vitamins A, C and D from them, plus fibre and potassium.  Not only that, but garlic has stuff in it that apparently boosts your memory. This stuff also relaxes blood vessels that can lower blood pressure. Onions are also winners - they contain the antioxidant quercetin which is a lovely little cancer fighter.  This quercetin dude can also help prevent seasonal allergy symptoms.  Did you know that if you refrigerate your onions briefly it can cut down on the whole crying-while-you-cut-them caper?

So there you have it.  Onions and garlic are so much more than flavour boosting, bad breath creating, I'm gonna make you cry foods.  They've got other super powers as well! A good one to keep you feeling less Deep Fried.

Information source: Tina Ruggerio author of "The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook", and Redbook Magazine February 2014. 



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  1. Just run them under cold water before cutting - does the same as refrigeration...

  2. We're all big garlic and onion fans here, I think they make so many foods taste that much better. :)

  3. We use a lot of red onions. Not as strong but still a great flavour and the kids don't mind them.

  4. It is funny, I love onions and garlic in my food. Plus the health benefits are fabulous, but I seriously despise preparing them and admit to often using the dried or crushed variety in a jar!

  5. I have always wondered what the health benefits if onions are. I did just think they were for flavour.

  6. My kids caught me putting onion in the pasta sauce the other day and carried on like lunatics about how much they HATE onion. If only they knew they'd been eating it in the pasta sauce their entire lives without even realising!

  7. I love a good super food! and really don't know how to cook without garlic, so win-win Josefa from #teamIBOT

  8. I love reading about the magic of superfoods but aw, crap. Is there any way to boost memory without sacrificing friends??

  9. I always cook with onions and garlic, my big boy is none the wiser!

  10. I love cooking with onion and garlic. I love the flavours and I now equally love the health benefits. :)

  11. A former friend- a naturopath is a HUGE believe in the powers of garlic - I eat whole cloves when I'm sick, I don't chew just swallow x

  12. Food really isn't complete without either onion or garlic. You also can't have a proper sausage sizzle without onion!


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