Why would I crave Onions?
Why would I crave onions? That is a question that was put forth to me recently. I am not a doctor so the information I am about to, have or ever will supply is based on information I have studied or sourced.
From the Reader’s Digest – Foods that Harm Foods that Heal and other sources I’ll link to throughout this article I have been able to find out some of the ‘why’s?’ to onion craving.
Now to the reader who thought there was something wrong with them! You, among the thousands of others who have this same craving, will be pleased to know that it is just the incredible nature of the body to alert you of what you are most likely lacking in your diet.
If you have read my article Why do you crave certain foods? you will note that usually your body is missing some vital vitamin or mineral that it requires. Sadly, we become conditioned to ‘junk’ or ‘quick fix’ foods rather than the source of what we really require.
So back to onions! Here are a few reasons why a person may have an onion craving:
- Blood cholesterol levels are getting high
- The body is trying to protect itself from osteoporosis
- The body may be trying to expel something from the body (onions are used for chelation)
- Onions can help minimize the risk of heart disease
- Help stop blood clots
- Help reduce the risk of cancer
- Helps as a decongestant
The humble onion is part of the garlic family and whatever it is about onion and garlic they have been noted throughout the pages of history as a natural ‘cure all’
From a scientific point of view, eating raw onions helps to reduce cholesterol, they increase the body’s level of protein molecules that remove cholesterol from the body tissues and artery walls. These clever proteins are called high-density lipoproteins (HDLs).
Amazingly this humble little food helps to protect the body against the effects of fatty foods. It also helps to prevent circulatory diseases such as coronary heart disease, thrombosis, strokes and poor circulation.
According to research done at the University of Bern in Switzerland there is a compound in the onion that helps to reduce bone loss as found in osteoporosis Further information can be found at Science Daily
Onions are one of the highest sources of flavonoids which research has found is awesome for helping to prevent cancer. The National Cancer Institute lists the benefits of this incredible food source. Garlic and Cancer Prevention
Now for all of those benefits there is always a down-side and that can often result in bad breath and flatulence. The flatulence is caused by the sugars in the onion. To get rid of the bad breath eat parsley afterward, drink mint tea or green tea. Apparently if you eat mashed potato, carrots and mushrooms after eating garlic/onion it will help to remove the odor from your breath. If you are really concerned about your breath clean your teeth as soon as possible after eating. The bad breath comes from the break down of sulphur in the body.
So don’t be scared of your onions, embrace them. But if you are having serious craving issues, as with all things in the body that cause you concerns, seek medical advice.
If there are other topics you would like to learn about, send me a message in the comments section – If I don’t know I will research and get back to you. 🙂
If you are looking at finding out if there is something your body is missing out on, book in a kinesiology appointment and I will food test your body to see what your body is missing – or maybe getting too much of.
Kinesiology is a powerful tool that keys into the body’s electrical energy system and the body through biofeedback let’s the practitioner know what is going on so that you can make the required adjustments to your diet or general wellness to bring your body back into a place of homoeostasis.
Have an empowered day
Yours in Health
Looking for more info on cravings? You can also check out Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough where Omar Manejwala, an expert on compulsive behaviors, explains the phenomenon of craving and gives us tools to achieve freedom from our seemingly insatiable desires by changing our actions to remap our brains.