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Onions: Little Bulbs Packed with Disease-Fighting Quercetin and Allicin

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It is difficult to imagine a world without onions. These much-loved vegetables, which are the bulbs of the onion plant, have countless uses in the kitchen and are a chief ingredient in many sauces, salads, and ethnic dishes. In fact, onions of all types are so popular as secondary ingredients that we often forget that they’re nutritional powerhouses in their own right. As this article will prove, however, eating an onion a day (ideally raw)…

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Peas: Surprisingly Good Souces of Phytonutrients and Protein

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The common green pea, which is the seed of the Pisum sativum plant, has been a staple food across the world for centuries. Indeed, archaeologists have found that peas were regularly consumed as far back as the late neolithic era of modern Syria, Turkey, Jordan, and Greece. Immature peas were also a popular food in medieval Europe, whose inhabitants often incorporated them into soups and gruel. Due to their small size, sweet taste, and starchy…

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Cabbage: Natural Medicine for Cancer and Diabetes

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The robust and abundant cabbage, which is closely related to other leafy green vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, has a long history as both a food and medicine. For example, the Ancient Greeks would routinely prescribe cabbage or cabbage juice to treat constipation or mushroom poisoning, while the Ancient Egyptians consumed cabbage before meals to lower the intoxicating effects of wine. The British even brought cabbage to the trenches of World War I, since its…

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Potatoes: Far More Than Just Starches and Carbs

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Regular white potatoes are one of the most controversial vegetables from a health perspective. Like many nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, potatoes are often associated with adverse reactions and can be difficult to find in high-quality form. That they’re the main ingredient in countless junk food products, such as French fries, doesn’t exactly bolster their public reputation either. In reality, however, organic potatoes grown in good soil and prepared properly (i.e. boiled…

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Barley Grass: A Chlorophyll-Rich Supergreen That Reduces Cholesterol

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Barley is a major grain that was one of the first cultivated grains, and remains the fourth most cultivated cereal grain in the world. Matured barley is commonly used in beer production, and as animal feed. Young barley shoots, however, are consumed almost exclusively as a health food, and for good reason: research suggests that these gluten-free shoots, which are called barley grass and typically consumed in juiced for powdered form, contain a huge number…

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