medicine in food - Shallots
"Shallots have six times the phenolic content than onions"
By: Anita Cherry
Shallots belong to the lily family (Liliacae) like onion, garlic and leeks. It is classified as
Allium cepa var aggregatum. They are smaller and sweeter than onion and like garlic; its bulb divides into multiple
sections. It digests better than onion when eaten raw. The bulbs are pulled from the ground and leaves are allowed
to dry. The greens above the ground which are known as scallions are used as salads and for cooking. Shallots are
an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and folic acid. It also contains calcium, iron and has a
high protein quality.
There has been a lot of research and studies done regarding the use of shallots for health conditions. Different
analysis and studies have found that shallots contains two sets of compounds - sulfur compounds, such as allyl
propyl disulphide (APDS) and flavonoids, such as quercetin. Flavonoid consumption has been associated with a
reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes since they are anti-cancer, antibacterial, antiviral,
anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory.
Recent studies have shown the potential health benefits of common onions and
established that shallots are particularly effective against liver cancer cells.
Shallots have six times the phenolic content than onions. They help the liver eliminate toxins from the body and
have saponins to inhibit and kill cancer cells.
Shallots are specifically linked to inhibiting human stomach cancer. It produces an anti-coagulant that thins the
blood, exhibit strong anti-platelet activity, is very good for patients who have symptomatic atherosclerotic
disease, cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. It aids brain function and thus protects against
They can lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by preventing the degradation of insulin and increasing
metabolism of glucose. Eating shallots daily helps in the growth of bone tissue and reduces the risk of developing
osteoporosis by 20%. It contains Prostaglandin A-1, a powerful agent which can lower blood pressure. Sulfur content
in shallots makes skin look younger. Daily intake of a little shallot will benefit in the long run. Shallots can be
eaten raw or cooked till they are tender.
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