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“Tearless” Onion Is Easier On The Eyes, Promotes A Healthy Heart, And Helps Weight Loss

November 6, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists in New Zealand have developed an onion that makes a “tearless” sulfur compound similar to that found in garlic. Consumers who use the new onion in recipes not only avoid the tears associated with regular onions, they may also be providing the heart-healthy benefits associated with garlic eating. The scientists found in lab tests that tearless onion extracts significantly reduced blood platelet clumping (reducing the risk of heart disease), and had about the same anti-inflammatory properties as the regular version. Preliminary testing in rats also showed that the tearless onion could help control weight gain, more so than regular onions or garlic.
Susan J. Thomson et al., "Inhibition of Platelet Activation by Lachrymatory Factor Synthase (LFS)-Silenced (Tearless) Onion Juice", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, November 06, 2013, © American Chemical Society
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