EN on Foods
December 2000 Issue
No More Tears Over OnionsTheyre Layered With Nutrition
The Folklore: Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing its concentric rings symbolized eternity. In ancient Greece, athletes ate onions to "lighten the balance of the blood." And during the Middle Ages, physicians prescribed them for headaches, snakebites and hair loss. The Facts: Onions may seem like a minor player in todayís cuisine, but they are the third largest fresh vegetable crop consumed in the U.S., surpassed only by potatoes and lettuce. Onions donít merely perk up the flavor of foods, they also
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