Sunday, October 10, 2010

We Are What We Eat

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Red Onion Can Reduce Bad Cholesterol

- remove bad cholesterol from the body which can cause heart attacks and strokes.

- retains the body's good cholesterol to help protect against cardiovascular disease.

So, whenever you order your food, tell them "bawang tarok lebih!!"





HONG KONG - Besides causing bad breath, researchers have found that red onions can also help to prevent heart diseases.

Researchers have discovered that consumption of red onions can help to remove bad cholesterol from the body which can cause heart attacks and strokes.

That's not all.. The vegetable also retains the body's good cholesterol to help protect against cardiovascular disease.

The scientists in Chinese University of Hong Kong fed hamsters with crushed red onions for up to eight weeks.


The bad cholesterol level (low density lipoprotein) of the hamsters, who were previously put on a high-cholesterol diet, had dropped by an average of 20 per cent.

On the other hand, there was no sign of reduction in the hamster's high cholesterol levels (high density lipoprotein).

Zhen Yu Chen, the head of the research, said that despite extensive research done on onions, there was little information about how its consumption interacts with human genes and protein involved in cholesterol metabolism within the body.

"Our study was therefore undertaken to characterise the interaction of onions with enzymes in an attempt to explore the underlying cholesterol-lowering mechanism," Zhen said and quoted in the Daily Mail.

"This study is the first of its kind to investigate the interaction of red onions with biological functions. The results support the claim that the regular consumption of onion reduces the risk of coronary heart disease," Zhen added.

Countries with high consumption of onions have shown much lower cancer rates.

China is known to consume more onions and garlics than most countries and the risk of stomach cancer among the Chinese is 40 per cent lower than average.

Similarly in Georgia, the United States, which is known to be the home of the 'Sweet Videlia' onion, the number of stomach cancer diagnoses are half the average for the rest of the cancer.

Source: DailyMail .co.uk

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