Scallions: A Good Transition to Your Daily Weight Loss Menu
Eating is a basic requirement to live. Staying fit has become an option. However, eating at the same time staying fit is something to consider. Perhaps, one would think of the numerous weight loss menus being offered today. Yes, they can help us achieve the desired weight but some people might find it difficult to make a sudden shift in terms of food consumption. This is where the problem lies. Most of us are inclined to start eating healthy herbs and vegetables but experience difficulty to sustain (or in Filipino, “ningas cogon”).
Therefore, if you are looking for food that will help you adjust in changing your food selection, perhaps you might consider eating scallions? Basically, these plants are common in our kitchen as a garnish. In layman’s term it is an onion but has numerous modifiers green, spring, salad, sticks to name a few.
Aside from its culinary use, let us analyze its nutritional value. First, scallions don’t have cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium regardless of one’s intake. Second, it is a good source of dietary fiber approximately 10% per 100 grams. Third, it has less than 1% in terms of carbohydrates per 100g. More than that it has Vitamin A (20%), Vitamin C (30%), Calcium (7%) and Iron (8%). Furthermore, other essential vitamins are present as well such as: Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Panthothenic Acid and Choline. On the other hand, it is also rich in the following nutrients: magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
Now let us see its functional use. Scallions contain cysteine sulfoxides which give its unique flavor and responsible for the eye-irritating compounds. They also have thiosulfinates which is good against microorganisms such as E. coli, Bacilluss subtilis and Salmonella. In Chinese Medicine, scallions are used to treat angina, coughs and breathing problems.
Therefore, one should not disregard eating scallions because it is a good start to a healthy eating and living.