Onions are an excellent addition to any meal, wether cooked or a salad, as they are full of goodness. By changing from normal onions to shallots you can have many more health benefits.
Eat more shallots, they’re good for your health
It seems these days there’s a different super food in the press every week, “eat pomegranates, they’ll prolong your live” or “or blueberries can offer you anti ageing properties”. The general truth is that all fruits and vegetables are good for you, and their vitamins and minerals will offer your body all sorts of extra protection that you simply can’t get from eating chemically stuffed processed foods.
Occasional, however one type of fruit or vegetable will be more beneficial to your health than others in its group. This is true for the shallot. The shallot is in the same vegetable family as onions and leeks, and it has many more benefits to these others.
Shallots are much better for cooking than normally onions, especially for those who are not keen on the strong onion flavour, shallots are much sweeter than onions and the body can digest them much easier. As the shallot is actually the bulb of the plant, often the top leafy part can go to waste and be thrown away, but these are full of vitamins (these green are known as scallions), and can be used in salads or cooked in other ways. The shallot itself is very high in vitamin C, potassium, fibre, folic acid, calcium, iron and is also a good source of protein, which makes it especially good for vegetarians and vegans.
There have been many studies over the years about the effects different fruits and vegetables may have on the health. And shallots have a lot in their favour. Shallots contain two types of sulphur compounds Allypropyldisulphine (APDS) and flavoniods such as quercetin. People who consume a lot of flavoniods have been shown to have a reduced chance of developing cancer, heart disease and diabetes, due to the wonderful antibacterial properties they process. As an added benefit they are also anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-allergenic.
Shallots are especially good at helping the liver to eliminate toxins from the body, which is essential in the chemically processed foods that the masses enjoy, as well as helping to process alcohol. Shallots also contain saponins which have been shown to inhibit and kill cancerous cells in the body.
There are many more health benefits to shallots, such as the ability to thin the bloods and the production of prostaglandins.
The conclusion should be to switch from regular onions in your diet to shallots, as the benefits far out way the possible extra expense of purchasing shallots. However, if cost is a problem, shallots are just as easy to grow as normal onions, so if you have a little spare garden space you could try growing your own.