If you harvest onions before their bulbs form, you get scallions. Just like their full-grown counterpart, scallions have vitamins and minerals that can give you better health. Add scallions to your meals to give your food more flavor and texture.
Here are some nutritional facts about scallions, which are also known as spring onions:
• Scallions contain very low calories. If you have a hundred grams of fresh scallion leaves, you will only get 31 calories from them.
• Scallions are rich in antioxidants. Just like many leafy greens, scallions naturally have plant-derived antioxidants. These antioxidants are actually disease-combating compounds that repel the toxins that enter the body. You need them to help lower your risk of acquiring illnesses, including those that are considered fatal.
• Scallions have high levels of dietary fiber. In fact, scallions have more fiber than shallots and ripe onions. If you have 100 grams of scallions, you get about 2.6 grams of fiber or equivalent to 7% of the recommended daily levels.
• Scallions have small amounts of thiosulfinates. Although smaller than garlic’s amount of thiosulfinates, scallions have these compounds, including diallyl disulfide, propyl disulfide, and allyl disulfide. These three along with other thiosulfinates are converted into allicin through enzymatic reaction. When this happens, cholesterol production is reduced, particularly in the cells of the liver.
• The allicin in scallions provide more benefits. Aside from reducing the production of cholesterol, allicin also decreases the stiffness you may have in your blood vessels. This is performed by releasing nitric oxide in the blood to lower your blood pressure. Allicin also helps in blocking platelet clotting, which can cut your risk of having coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular diseases.
• Scallions have compounds that prevent certain cancers. Spring onions have vitamin A (about 33% of your total RDA for every 100 grams). They also contain flavonoids that act as antioxidants, such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein. When these three, along with other flavonoids, work together, they protect the body against oral cavity and lung cancers.
• Scallions have a lot of vitamins that give you better health. Aside from vitamin A, scallions also have vitamin C and K. It is even believed that scallions are among the richest when it comes to vitamin K content. A total of 207 µg of vitamin K or 172% of RDA can be found in 100 grams of scallions. Vitamin K is essential in bone health as it promotes bone strength and formation. Additionally, adequate amounts of vitamin K in the body can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Scallions are nutritious with each part almost entirely edible, except the roots. With the rich taste, you may want to start adding scallions to your menu as they are also beneficial to your health.