3 WAYS WITH SPRING ONIONS

3 WAYS WITH SPRING ONIONS

They’re at their seasonal best, so try these ways to serve these mild alliums for best nutritional value.

BRUSH SPRING ONIONS WITH OLIVE OIL AND CHARGRILL THEM WHOLE.

The green bits, which are too often chopped off and discarded, are a good source of folic acid, which helps fight tiredness and fatigue.

ADD THEM TO MASHED POTATO.

Spring onions are a good source of vitamin C, which potatoes don’t contain too much of. Vitamin C is vital for the immune system and healthy skin and gum.

Here’s another reason to ensure you get enough magnesium – new evidence suggests it can help your body regulate vitamin D levels. Previous studies have shown vitamin D tends to be low when the body’s magnesium supplies are depleted. But in this latest research, investigators at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in the US found magnesium also regulates higher levels of vitamin D (a moderate vitamin D level has been linked to the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease). The authors recommend getting magnesium from food sources rather than supplements – try dark leafy greens, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, bananas and avocado.

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