Health benefits of Onions
- Onions are very low in calories (just 40 calories per 100 g) and fats; however, rich in soluble dietary fiber.
- Phyto-chemical compounds allium and Allyl disulphide in the onion convert to allicin by enzymatic reaction when its modified leaves are distorted (crushing, cutting, etc.). Studies have shown that these compounds have anti-mutagenic (protects from cancers) and anti-diabetic properties (helps lower blood sugar levels in diabetics).
- Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal activities.