Fresh onions should be excluded, as they increase the acidity in the stomach. Endocrinologist Tatyana Bocharova explained how much onion you can eat per day and named people who are contraindicated to eat onions and should be excluded from their diet.
According to the endocrinologist, onions have only 40 calories per 100 grams. The vegetable is rich in B vitamins and ascorbic acid.
“It’s a myth that onions alone strengthen the immune system; however, they contain a lot of phytoncides, active substances that prevent the growth of bacteria and viruses. The vegetable stimulates digestion and appetite, is a mild diuretic, and eliminates toxins. Onions are important for hematopoiesis: for example, they contain cobalt, which is part of vitamin B12. B12 is responsible, among other things, for the creation of red blood cells, the processing of cholesterol and vitamin D. Onions contain a lot of silicon, which is necessary for blood vessels, bones, and hair health,” says the doctor.
However, there are contraindications. Onions should not be eaten by people with pancreatitis, gastritis, or peptic ulcer disease. “Fresh onions should be excluded because they increase the acidity in the stomach. Boiled onions are more gentle, but the amount of vitamins in them is lower,” the expert added.
According to the doctor, if you have no contraindications, you can eat one small head of onion a day.