For a world that is becoming more health conscious, the benefits and risks of what we eat are constantly in the limelight. Rarely is there a day that goes by that our best loved ingredients are not the subject of health warnings or of the healthy qualities they possess. For the onion, a staple ingredient in so many recipes, there is ever-growing evidence to suggest that all varieties carry several extraordinary benefits for our health and general well-being.

Below are some examples of these benefits:

Onions are packed full of antioxidants thought to be good for your heart and to help decrease your risk of catching infections. Quercetin for example is a potent anti-inflammatory compound and the outer-layers of an onion are known to contain the largest concentration of these.

Following on from antioxidants, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that looked how often people in Italy and Switzerland ate onions and garlic found an inverse link between the regularity of the consumption of these foods and the risk of several common cancers.

Maintaining a low cholesterol level is critical for lowering your risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. Onions have been identified as a possible dietary requirement for lowering cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of many heart related defects. One study which looked at overweight or obese people found that the group assigned a high onion diet returned the greater drop in cholesterol levels compared to the low onion diet group. Another study which oversaw 24 people with higher than average levels of cholesterol found that those who drank onion juice for eight weeks had reductions in their total cholesterol.

M&P Engineering is a leading manufacturer and supplier of food processing equipment to suit all food production factories. M&P Engineering’s large onion peeling machine uses self-adjusting floating knives to top, tail and peel onions of 45mm to 115mm diameter. The machinery is easy to operate due to the simplistic mechanism and design and thanks to the dry peeling process the product remains in pristine condition once it has been peeled.

M&P Engineering offers a wide range of food processing machinery in addition to onion peeling machines, including food depositors and rotary transfer units. If in need of food filling equipment, M&P Engineering designs and manufactures sachet filling machines to suit your factory requirements. If working on a budget, speak to a member of our M&P Engineering team today to discuss its range of used food processing equipment.

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