Onion skin has more nutrients (70%) than the inside and yet most of us throw it away. The onion skin contains quercetin which reduces blood pressure and helps prevent clogged arteries. It is also a potent antioxidant flavonoid with anti-tumor benefits and is very rich in antioxidants. Quercetin levels are highest on and near the onion skin.
The onion skin also has anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties and ton of fiber. It also reduces risks for cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, type 2 Diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, etc.
HOW TO USE ONION SKIN
Here are some simple and easy ways to reap the benefits of onion skin.
CHOOSE ORGANIC ONIONS
Make sure your (brown) onions are organic so you don’t brew pesticides along with it adding toxicity and destroying nutrients.
ADD TO YOUR BROTH
When making broth, make sure you add big chunks of whole onions with the skin on. One of the easiest and powerful way to reap its benefits. Make sure you remove the skin before eating the broth.
MAKE ONION TEA
Onion skins are ideal detoxing agents. Brew a powerful tea by putting clean organic onion skins in a glass jar and pouring hot water into it. Let it seep for about 15 minutes. Strain the skin and enjoy. You can also store the leftover in the refrigerator.
ADD TO YOUR SOUPS & STEWS
The onion skin is not edible, but you can add the skin to any soups and stews, like chili for sweet and delicious flavor and powerful nutrients. Great combo! Make sure you remove the skin before serving.
Do not take onion skin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Always check with your doctor before making any dietary changes.