The flaky and crisp outer scales of the onions are usually thrown away and end up in the trash. Because of their texture and dryness, many people assume that onion skin cannot be eaten.
But did you know how nutritious onion skin are? Just like most vegetables and fruits, the skins hold more fiber and nutrients than the flesh of the vegetable.
Therefore, don’t throw them out before you haveve put them to use. For your health!
Nutritional Value of Onion Skins:
While onions are a good source for antioxidants, its skin contains more antioxidants than the onion itself. Also, it is rich in quercetin, which is a flavonol that can help in reducing blood pressure and prevent arterial plaque that causes stroke, according to Dr. Oz.
Quercetin is being studied as an agent for lowering blood pressure, LDL cholesterol reducing inflammation, fighting allergies, treating depression, enhancing muscle growth and function, some forms of cancer, and other conditions.
While onion skins are rich in fiber; diets that are high in fiber help in reducing heart disease, some types of cancer, digestive problems and type 2 diabetes. According to Science Daily, and based on the journal, Plant Foods for Higher Nutrition, the phenolic compounds present in onions help in preventing coronary disease and contains anti-carcinogenic properties.
How to Use Onion Skins:
1. Onion Skin Stock
The simplest way to integrate onion skins into your cooking is by adding these nutritional powerhouses into your vegetable stock.
1. Boil a bunch of onions skins, carrot tops and whatever else on hand to make the core for nourishing soups.
– If you are worried about bitterness, use fewer onion skins.
2. Onion Tea
How to Make Onion Tea:
1. Wash the whole onions thoroughly to remove pesticides and dirt.
2. Peel the onions, while keeping the skins.
3. Place the onion skins in a glass jar.
4. Pour boiling water over the onion skins.
5. Cover the jar for at least 15 minutes.
6. Strain the tea.
7. Drink the onion tea before going to bed.
This drink is not recommended for nursing mothers and pregnant women.