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Boiling onions are normal onions which are harvested when they are still small and young. These onions contain the same characteristics of their fully grown versions would have; but most are pretty sharp in taste, and mellows as they are slowly cooked. Some are even more sharper than others.

Boiling onions are allowed to grow a bit larger as compared to pearl onions, which is up to 1 1/2 to 13/4 inches wide or 3.5 to 4.5 cm. They can have red, yellow or yellow, white skin.

Though any onion can be harvested early and then called as Boiling Onion, some varieties of onions are preferred commercially. For white-skinned Boiling Onions, Southport WhitFe Globe is the preferred variety. While for yellow onions, Stuttgart, Australian Brown, or Yellow Ebenezer, according to Cooks Info.

Health Benefits of Boiled Onions:

1. Allicin

Onions provide allicin, which is an organic sulfur compound responsible for the smell and taste of onions. If an onion is chopped or minced, the enzymes produce sulfenic acid, which releases allicin and this provides protection against thrombosis, allergies, inflammation and bacteria.

Allicin is heart healthy and may help in preventing cancer, reducing symptoms of diabetes and inhibiting platelet aggregation.

2. Antioxidants

Anthocyanins and tannins are responsible for onions as being one of the best natural sources of quercetin, which is an antioxidant flavonoid with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The quercetin present from 1/2 an onion daily may help in reducing the risk of stomach cancer by 50%, as per Health With Food. Quercetin may help inhibit LDL, or “the bad cholesterol,” which could mean protection from cancer, atherosclerosis, and heart disease.

Also, the quercetin content in onions helps in stimulating the metabolism of vitamin E and in inactivating chelate metal ions from damaging the body, as per the National Onion Association.

3. Copper

Add boiled onions into your diet to get the health benefits linked with their copper content.

Copper nourishes the brain by helping in making chemicals that were involved in brain communication, and in supporting the synthesis of myelin, which is a substance needed for brain function. Getting sufficient copper in your diet also supports your immune system, therefore, protecting you from infection.

Just 1-cup serving of boiled onions helps in boosting your copper intake by at least 141 micrograms, or 16% of the recommended daily intake set by the Institute of Medicine.

4. Fiber

Boiled onions is a source of dietary fiber, which is a type of carbohydrate that fights disease. Fiber helps in lowering your cholesterol, regulating your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Also, fiber helps in moving your stool through the digestive tract, therefore, preventing constipation, to help keep you regular.

One cup of boiled onions contains 2.9 grams of dietary fiber. This contributes 12% toward the daily recommended intake for women, while 8% for men, as set by the Institute of Medicine.

5. Vitamin C

One cup of boiled onions contains about 11 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 12% of the daily intake for men, while 15% for women, as set by the Institute of Medicine.

Vitamin C boosts collagen production, whic is a process needed for blood vessel and bone health. Also, it plays an important role in mental health by helping you produce norepinephrine, which is a chemical that regulates your mood.

Boiled Onion Soup Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 small or medium-sized Yellow onions
2 ½ cup milk
2 Tablespoon butter
Salt & pepper (to taste)
Chopped fresh parsley {optional}

Directions:
1. Peel onions, while leaving them whole.
2. Put the peeled onions in a saucepan, then add enough water to cover.
3. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, then cover, until onions are tender and soft, but not falling apart (about 45 minutes, depending on size of the onions).
4. Drain onions in a colander.
5. Return the drained onions to the pot and place over medium heat.
6. Add butter and milk.
7. Heat until butter is melted and the milk is warm. But, do not allow to boil.
8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
9. Serve in separate bowls with some of the warm milk poured over the onions.
10. Sprinkle each serving with chopped parsley, if needed.

Sources:
Healthy Living AZCentral
Cooks Info
Livestrong
The Kitchen Is My Playground

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