American Heart Month – Antioxidants & Red Onions

American Heart Month – Antioxidants & Red Onions

Whether for heart health, flu prevention, or skin improvement, antioxidants, including Quercetin, are healthful for your body. January’s issue of Reader’s Digest highlights some healthful, antioxidant-rich food choices (apples, blueberries, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce) and highlights on one in particular – red onions.

Did you know that red onions contain as much as four times the quercetin of other produce? This came as a surprise to me, as did the finding that cooking quercetin-rich foods can actually increase their absorbability.

Another great thing about onions is that they can replace salt and fat in your foods by adding flavor without adding sodium or calories!

So, slice some red onions on your next salad, in your stir-fry, added to your favorite casserole, or grilled with your burgers (see Grilled Onions recipe here!) for a healthy (and delicious) treat for your heart!