Haven’t you heard of the HCG diet? It’s a low-calorie, high protein weight loss plan that is gaining in popularity. The diet includes a 500 calorie daily limit and a specific food list for 21 days to jumpstart your metabolism and break through your plateau.
Red onions are on this list as they can help with weight loss. It’s true that they may not be as tasty as other types of onion – so if you really don’t want them in your food, then just opt out – but I think it would be worth trying them on the HCG Diet.
Why include red onions on the HCG diet?
I know you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy for suggesting this but hear me out. Red onions are a staple on the HCG Diet, and for good reasons.
- Red onions help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels while providing you with minerals such as potassium, vitamin C and B6.
- Red onions contain chromium, which helps the body use insulin and block glucose absorption into your bloodstream.
- They also have high amounts of fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, and phytochemicals good for your heart health.
- They also contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant which:
- It helps prevent inflammation in the body
- Prevent diseases like arthritis
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Reduce symptoms of bladder infections
- Promotes prostate health for men
- The distinct taste and smell of onions can be attributed to their high antioxidant level. This compound helps prevent cancer, allergies, and heart ailments.
- They also have antioxidant properties which protect your cells from free radicals that cause cancer and promote aging.
- Because red onions contain a high percentage of organic sulfur, they are beneficial for detoxifying the liver. The sulfur-containing amino acids in these foods can help the body expel heavy metals like mercury, chromium, lead, and cadmium. Like many vegetables, onions help increase enzymes that boost our body’s ability to rid itself of carcinogens before they cause harm.
- It’s good for cardiovascular health. The consumption of red onions, whether cooked or raw, is beneficial for preventing blood clots and increasing good cholesterol, promoting cardiovascular health. Additionally, it helps keep blood thin and helps lower triglycerides and blood pressure levels.
- The calories in 100 grams of onions are only 44, mostly complex carbohydrates and fiber. The high water and fiber content of this food promotes satiety, helping you feel fuller for longer. Also, red onions are known to reduce bloating and constipation, thus helping these digestive issues.
The distinct taste and smell of red onions is a small price for the many benefits that eating them will provide. So if you’re on the fence about trying this delicious vegetable, don’t be. They are an HCG diet-approved food with numerous health benefits associated with their consumption, including improved digestion and detoxification. So, go on, add a little bit of flavor to your meal plan today by giving red onion a try!