EN on Foods

December 2003 Issue

Onions: Phytonutrient-Packed Tearjerkers

The Folklore: According to an old English rhyme, the thickness of an onion skin can predict the severity of winter—thin skins mean a mild winter; thick skins—watch out! The Facts: Onions (Allium cepa) are loaded with phytonutrients, including quercetin, a potent antioxidant thought to protect against heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

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