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Red Onion vs. Heart Disease: Has High Cholesterol Met Its Match?
CBS News Healthwatch ^ | October 8, 2010 | David W Freeman

Posted on 10/09/2010 4:50:39 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

Can eating red onions lower your risk for heart attack and stroke? A new study suggests the answer to that question may be yes.

At least if you're a hamster.

Scientists in Hong Kong fed crushed onions to hamsters that had been on a high-cholesterol diet. After eight weeks, the little guys' levels of low-densitiy lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol fell by 20 percent, the Daily Mail reported.

That's good news, because elevated LDL cholesterol levels are linked to cardiovascular disease.

At the same time, there was no decline in the hamsters' levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - the good stuff.

These findings "support the claim that the regular consumption of onion reduces the risk of coronary heart disease," lead researcher Zhen Yu Chen of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said, according to the newspaper.

The onions - sweeter than the more familiar white variety - are a staple of Indian and Mediterranean cooking.

Red onions may have other health benefits as well. They seem to contain compounds that slow the growth of colon and liver cancer cells, according to a 2004 study published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."

Does all this mean that people who avoid onions are missing out on their health benefits?

It's enough to make you cry.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: cholesterol; diet; hamster; hamsters; healthfood; heartdisease; heatdiseast; redonion
Good.
1 posted on 10/09/2010 4:50:41 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: don-o

Lookee.


2 posted on 10/09/2010 4:51:09 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hopefully garlic does the same — I eat tons of both.


3 posted on 10/09/2010 4:52:55 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I love red onions but they don’t love me.


4 posted on 10/09/2010 4:53:31 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
So... do they have to be raw or does cooked red onions have the same effect?

And I wish the article stated just how much red onion these hamsters were fed. The change in LDL could have been just because of an increase in fiber from the onions, if they were fed a lot of them.

5 posted on 10/09/2010 4:56:10 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Hopefully garlic does the same — I eat tons of both.

Me too! Food of the Gods. I could live on both and a hearty beer as a beverage.

6 posted on 10/09/2010 4:57:28 PM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: Mrs. Don-o

..."1/2 pounder wit cheezzz,toasted bun,tangy mouse sauce,and and and raw red onion....???...aw jeeezzz, I know I got dry plastic little chucks of whateva when I open my eyes"

7 posted on 10/09/2010 4:59:40 PM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I have a well balanced diet then…

I place half a Red Onion on my 1 Pound Grease Bomb, along with lettuce mayo pickle and mustard…mmmmm mmmm good. And for a vegi… large side of fries with Spicy BBQ sauce.


8 posted on 10/09/2010 5:01:43 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about their misdirection!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Health food.


9 posted on 10/09/2010 5:02:44 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

In another multimillion stimulus study:

When the scientwists ripped the legs from the hamsters and said jump, hamsters did not jump.
Concaclusion: eating to much onion makes them deaf!


10 posted on 10/09/2010 5:04:01 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; PJ-Comix
Lox, bagel, cream cheese, red onions, capers . . . mmmm. . . . And good for you! Oh, I suppose the cream cheese negates the red onions, but, oh well!


11 posted on 10/09/2010 5:07:01 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Mrs. Don-o

How much do you need to eat to get the benefit? An onion a day keeps everyone away.


12 posted on 10/09/2010 5:08:58 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Leo Carpathian
Unfortunately, you have pretty much summed up what is passed off as “science.”

And it was funny too!

13 posted on 10/09/2010 5:11:12 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Onions are for the little people


14 posted on 10/09/2010 5:13:40 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

But hamster farts contribute to Glow Bull Warming.


15 posted on 10/09/2010 5:20:26 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Semper911
A related article, here Red onions help you stay hale and hearty - The Times of India had this to say:

"Onions have long been known to have many health benefits including preventing cancer, heart disease and common coughs and colds. It has been found that some parts of the world where onion consumption is high have even been shown to have much lower cancer rates.

"For example in Georgia, in the US, where the small, sweet Videlia onion is grown the number of stomach cancer diagnoses are a half the average for the rest of the country. In China, where people eat more onions and garlic than anywhere else in the world, the risk of stomach cancer is 40% lower than average. " The hamsters were fed "crushed" red onion --- presumably raw --- but the people cited above, I would assume, ate the onion both in raw and cooked form.

Onions supposedly have a lot of a fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), which are extremely effective in feeding and multiplying your friendly gut microorganisms. (They say a pre-biotic like FOS is even better for this purpose than a pro-biotic like yogurt.)

Western Yellow, New York Bold, and Northern Red onions have the richest concentration of flavonoids and phenolics, providing them with the greatest antioxidant and anti-proliferative activity of 10 onions tested.

16 posted on 10/09/2010 5:23:00 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: SERKIT

Awwww, hamster farts. How cu-u-u-ute...


17 posted on 10/09/2010 5:24:19 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: ExpatCanuck

Garlic. Don’t forget the wine to wash it down — lowers cholesterol too. And the chocolate chaser. Chocolate, of course, you eat sacrificially — for others — because it keeps your moods even.


18 posted on 10/09/2010 5:29:07 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
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19 posted on 10/09/2010 5:33:27 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Charles Henrickson; don-o

No, cream cheese has lots of K2, important for whatever it’s important for. Mmm. I’ll confess to liking cream cheese, red onion, and sardine on a saltine cracker. Even despite my husband’s wrinkled nose...


20 posted on 10/09/2010 5:37:32 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just what every parent needs: A hamster with bad breath that lives ten years.


21 posted on 10/09/2010 5:54:42 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Even good things have to be done in moderation.

22 posted on 10/09/2010 6:04:17 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
We had onion sandwiches when we were kids...Don't ever buy red onions....too expensive.

Was this testing done for "the red onion society"?

23 posted on 10/09/2010 6:10:43 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: goat granny

Munch away and you’ll stay healthy! I give equal credit to my habanero peppers and of course Crown Royal.


24 posted on 10/09/2010 6:25:40 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
My cholesterol is actually quite low despite what I eat primarily because I take a lot of Omega 3 fish oil pills. BTW, I picked up a bunch more of those fish oil pills FREE today with my coupons.

...And now to pop another of those pills.

25 posted on 10/09/2010 6:34:58 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Two of my favorite dishes are with red onions.

1. Red onions marinated with apple cider vinegar and chopped cilantro all over it.. very simple but yummy.

2. Roasted red onion halves with balsamic vinegar and goat cheese.


26 posted on 10/09/2010 6:38:59 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I do salads at lunch and put quite a bit of onions on it ! I make the joke about onions - helps keep people away from me ! LOL


27 posted on 10/09/2010 6:41:13 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Sacajaweau
We had onion sandwiches when we were kids..

I still do, at that, whenever I feel like I am coming down with the cold or flu, I make one piled with sliced garlic and horseradish, kills the bug every time.

28 posted on 10/09/2010 6:44:15 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

All that. plus some kind of ham or bacon...


29 posted on 10/09/2010 7:30:43 PM PDT by waterhill (Who got their elk? I did not. Now for whitetail...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good news. I love red onion. And yes, I live (and sleep) alone. No worries.


30 posted on 10/09/2010 7:32:30 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: B4Ranch
Those peppers make you sweat they are so hot....but a good bourbon like Basil Hayden is perfect with anything...:O)

Potato and Cheese Pierogies saute with slices of a large onion is good...had that for dinner yesterday..

My daughters husband has his own business and lot of Philippine's work for him...they gave him some hot peppers from home and my daughter used them in making chicken....my son-in-law calls it Head Sweating Chicken....he loves hot and actually was sweating while eating the chicken...

Sounds like you and him love the same kinds of hot stuff...LOL

31 posted on 10/09/2010 7:41:19 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: mnehring

Grilled corned beef on rye bread with real horse radish, clears up the sinus also....if you smell the horseraddish and it brings tears to your eyes its just right...


32 posted on 10/09/2010 7:45:31 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

My doctor told me that regular eating of peppers cuts down on the odds of ever having cancer growths in your body. The plus is that I love them.


33 posted on 10/09/2010 9:40:54 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: norwaypinesavage

That's MISTER Hamster, to you.

34 posted on 10/10/2010 4:02:25 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: mnehring
Mmmm. MMMMmmm.

Notice I'm keeping my lips together, in modest and comely fashion. Afraid to exhale from the mouth.

35 posted on 10/10/2010 4:04:25 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dry understatements free of charge, one per customer until supplies are exhausted.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Red onions are fine for most applications except onion rings. I have to insist on Vidalias for that.


36 posted on 10/10/2010 10:40:13 AM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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