Pungent prevention.An onion a day is better than an apple for keeping the doctor away. Onions harbor an arsenal of disease-fighting phytochemicals. But all onions are not equal in this respect. Cornell University scientists recently studied shallots and 10 different onion varieties to learn which are the most healthful health·ful
1. Conducive to good health; salutary.
healthful·ness n. choices for consumers.
Their findings showed tiny, mild-tasting shallots to be the highest in phenolic phe·no·lic
Of, relating to, containing, or derived from phenol.
Any of various synthetic thermosetting resins, obtained by the reaction of phenols with simple aldehydes and used as adhesives. content, as well as in antioxidant antioxidant, substance that prevents or slows the breakdown of another substance by oxygen. Synthetic and natural antioxidants are used to slow the deterioration of gasoline and rubber, and such antioxidants as vitamin C (ascorbic acid), butylated hydroxytoluene activity. Western yellow onions were the highest in flavonoid content, with eleven times more flavonoids flavonoids,
n.pl common plant pigment compounds that act as antioxidants, enhance the effects of vitamin C, and strengthen connective tissue around capillaries. than Western Whites.
Western Yellow, shallots, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Bold, and Northern Red showed the highest antiproliferative effects against cancer cells, while Western White, Peruvian Sweet, Empire Sweet, Mexico, Texas 1015, Imperial Valley Sweet and Vidalia onions had only a weak effect against the cancer cells. No matter what the variety, investigators found the more onions you eat, the greater is their preventive effect. So, eat up!
"Onions can make even heirs and widows weep."