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Sensational Shallots

Shallots are a sensational way to flavor your food!  A member of the onion family, but not as pungent, shallots not only provide a delicious flavor but are also nutritious!  As compared to onions, shallots are more nutrient dense.  Here are 3 health reasons to eat shallots: antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Antioxidants: Rich in quercetin an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antiviral, and anti-histamine flavonoid, and diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide and allyl propyl disulfide all of which convert to allicin which is antiviral, anti fungal,and an anti bacterial flavonoid.  Allicin has also shown to reduce cholesterol production in the liver, act as a vasodilator by improving blood pressure, and work as an anti diabetic agent by improving blood sugar levels.

Minerals and Electrolytes:  Shallots contain iron, calcium, copper, phosphorus and potassium.

Vitamins: Higher than an onion in Vitamin A, pyridoxine (B6), folate, thiamin, Vitamin C and E.

Shallots add a delicate, sweet, piquant flavor and enhance the taste of any dish.   Try cooking with them or using them raw in a salad dressing.  My favorite is caramelized shallots, yum!


The information provided in this post is for education only and is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor should it be used as a replacement for seeking medical treatment.

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