Lesser known facts about Onions

Lifestyle, Health

There is no dish in the world which is completed without the use of Onions. The food has been a part of our diet for more than 7000 years.

Onions are filled with complex sugars that keep our metabolism healthy, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, beta carotene, folate (one of the B vitamins), and interestingly, they have no fat.

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Earlier, they were grown in ancient Egypt but gradually the vegetable was started growing in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

The largest onion ever grown weighted around 8 kg in the world. Peter Glazebrook from Newark holds the record of growing heaviest onion in the world.

The strong odor of onions can make you cry but you can prevent that effect by employing several tactics. The popular tactics are chewing gum, eating bread, lighting a candle, cut onions under the cold running water or splashing a little white vinegar on the cutting board before starting to work with onions.

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Onion is strong antiseptic and during several famous wars, onions were used in extreme quantities to disinfect soldier wounds and can also be used to increase blood circulation by applying it to the skin.

Onions come in many shapes and colors. Most popular ones are yellow onions, white onions, brown onions, red onions and pickling onions.

Which is the ideal size that will improve your health? The recommended dosage is from 2 to 4 grams of chopped onion, 600 to 1200 milligrams of onion extract or 2 pills from 200 milligrams, three times per day.

With 22.3 million tonnes, China ranks first. The most populated country in the world is also the largest exporter of the vegetable.

According to the facts, onion production in India will peak this year reaching 20.6 million tons since many farmers have decided to drop cotton production in favor of Onion.