Nutrition Tip of the Week- Add an Onion

Onions do not get as much hype as some of the other, more popular veggies like peas and carrots, but they are a favorite of chefs and cooks around the world. They have been around for a looonnnnnggg time… like Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses IV was buried with onions in his eye sockets, and onions have been found in Bronze Age settlements in China too. That’s at least 5000 years ago!

Why add an onion to your recipes?

They’re tasty, and and not only boost flavors, but add vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your meal!

Onions are high in vitamin C, which helps your body’s immune system keep you healthy, help your body make red blood cells, and helps your body with its iron absorption. Onions are also rich in B vitamins, including folate and vitamin B6 — which play key roles in metabolism, red blood cell production, and nerve function.

Lastly, they’re a good source of potassium, a mineral which many people are lacking, and you can only eat so many bananas before you get bored and need another source of potassium.

How do you know which onion to use?

Onions belong to the allium family, and there are a few different colors and flavors of onions you can use to make your meal, whether its onion rings, salsa, or a sauce. Check out Captain Create’s handy charts to see which onion you need for your recipe below!

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