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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Onions

I think most of us understand the benefits of eating vegetables by now, it's been shoved down our throats for some time by the Goverment's '5 a Day' campaign to get us all living healthier lives. And quite rightly so, I think. I love vegetables (and secretly I love the fact that they don't/didn't have a heartbeat, as there's always a tiny element of guilt when I eat meat, which I do frequently) and the onion is one of my faves. So versatile and full of nutritional benefits that most people are blissfully unaware of. Google 'health benefits of an onion'.....the list is endless. So, when I received an email containing the following info, I was intrigued. I am not certain if it's true, (haven't had enough time to research it) but it certainly makes enough sense for me to want to share it with you. Let me know if you find anything out that completely contradicts this story, won't you?!


In 1919 when the 'flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.
When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).
The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions.
She gave him one which he placed under the microscope he found the 'flu virus in the onion. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy.

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