My Dad had a nurse named “Skinner” during much of his medical practice. When my parents would go out of town, they would park me at Skinners for a few days.
She became like a second “Mama” but she had a habit that was shocking. Each evening after supper she would relax with a big ole yellow onion which she ate like an apple. I couldn’t imagine how she could do that.
Skinner is now 100 plus and living on the Gulf Coast with her daughter. Turns out, her onion habit may be a secret of her longevity.
Recent research at the Cornell University found that Western Yellow onions and shallots were particularly effective against liver cancer cells – the more pungent, the better.
They also had the greatest effect on colon cancer cells. Compared to other foods, onions are high in flavonoids, which help fight cancer in addition to being anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, and anti-inflammatory.
Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland had previously found that onions may help prevent osteoporosis.
So go ahead and add lots of onions to soups, salads and sandwiches as often as you can. Just remember the breath mints afterwards.
I submit that chewing a raw onion might help a cold (it would undoubtedly prevent spread of colds by keeping non-onion eaters away from the cold sufferer).