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Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here... 

This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found out, and here I can also rant a bit. 

Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet.  Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.

As I learn and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes, and websites, I will share the information with you here.  Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one.  Knowledge helps you and gives you the power to make better decisions.

It's not just about what you don't do or can't have.  It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...


Variety of Onions
Health Benefits of Onions
Most of us think of onions and we think tears and strong flavors and not about how healthy they are. All onions have health benefits. Some types of onions are more effective for specific health problems than others, like green onions are better for treating a cold. The onion has almost all the nutrients needed by the body. Including vitamin C and calcium, antioxidants, fiber, no fat, low in calories and is about 80% water. They have quite a lot of research behind them (not as much as garlic) for disease prevention.

Osteoporosis: A study in Switzerland shows a peptide called GCP which is in onions is said to help and prevent osteoporosis.
Diabetes: Allyl propyl disulfide and diallyl disulfide in onions is said to help lower blood sugar levels and help increase the production of insulin and more effective when combined with garlic.
Cancer: Antioxidants like quercetin and phenol are in onions which help prevent cancer especially in the head and neck areas.
Cardiovascular Diseases: Onions have sulfides and flavonoids like quercetin which also helps reduce cholesterol, can help prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases like hypertension and arteriosclerosis. Red onions are higher is quercetin than other varieties.

We should all read more about onions and include more in our diets. For the most health benefits we should consume at least 1 serving of onions every day which is ½ cup. However, 3 or 4 servings would put us closer to our daily goal. Lucky for us, most of the nutrients in onions are not affected by cooking. Read full article...

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