Rich in minerals and vitamins, fresh green onion is a treasure trove of nutrients and medicinal ingredients.
Besides potassium, sulfur and various trace elements, this low fat spring food contains vitamins B1, B2, C, E, K, Q (especially in the green part), as well as carotene, glycosides, essential oils and plant hormone glucoquinine (insulin-like) that lowers blood sugar levels.
It is proven that vitamins and minerals contained in the onion have beneficial impact on overall health, especially the cardiovascular and nervous system. In addition, thanks to the wealth of essential oils and medicinal aromatic substances, these medicinal ingredients acts as a natural antibiotic and kills harmful bacteria in the gut.
Juice of young onion is used in folk medicine as a remedy for various skin infections. Mixed with a tablespoon of honey, helps with mild respiratory problems because it makes it easier to cough up, lie down tonsillitis and hoarseness. And that’s not all.
Green onion also has diuretic properties, which is used as a natural remedy for regulating digestion. Recommended only for people suffering from gastritis because it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices.
Scallions contain very low calories. If you have a hundred grams of fresh scallion leaves, you will only get 31 calories from them.
Scallions have only trace amounts of fat. One serving provides 0.1 g of fat. Your body needs fat to function, but you do not require a great deal of it. Aim for maximum intake of 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories from fat. You take in small amounts of essential fatty acids by consuming scallions. One serving has 4 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 70 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.
Scallions have high levels of dietary fiber. In fact, scallions have more fiber than shallots and ripe onions. If you have 100 grams of scallions, you get about 2.6 grams of fiber or equivalent to 7% of the recommended daily levels.