Are Onions Paleo? Yes

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You know those bulbs that make you cry every time you chop them up? Yeah, you should be eating lots of those. Eating plenty of vegetables is the first step to living a Paleo lifestyle, after getting rid of all the industrialized foods. Onions are particularly important because of their high phytochemical content.

The Benefits of Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that plants use to protect themselves against predators. Unfortunately for them, these compounds impart numerous health benefits to us when we eat them, including possible anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and cancer fighting effects. There is also evidence to suggest that they help regulate our cholesterol and our metabolism, preventing dangerous conditions such as oxidized LDL and insulin resistance.

The Importance of Sulfur

Onions contain fair amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, but their real value may be in their high sulfur content. Mark Sisson has a whole post about the importance of sulfur in the health of our muscles, as well as our cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Terry Wahls also recommends eating at least three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables every day.

Paleo Recipes with White Onions

Paleo Recipe Broccoli Seaweed Salad Let's Do This
Paleo Egg Salad in a Peppadew Let's Do This
Paleo Beef Heart Fajitas with Red Salsa Let's Do This
Paleo Chicken Salad Let's Do This
Stuffed Squash Blossom Paleo Frittata Let's Do This
Paleo Ham and Sweet Potato Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Pork Liver Let's Do This
Pressure Cooker Paleo Pork Vindaloo Let's Do This
Company Paleo Coleslaw Let's Do This
Game Day Recipes Fowl Balls Let's Do This
Eggplant Lamb Paleo Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Rabbit Cacciatore Let's Do This
Paleo Stuffing Let's Do This
Kabocha Squash and Ground Beef Let's Do This
Baked Cauliflower Casserole Let's Do This
Braised Pork and Pears Let's Do This
Whole Paleo Tandoori Chicken Let's Do This
Red Mussel Paleo Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Pork Neck Bones Recipe Let's Do This
Paleo Philly Cheesesteak Let's Do This
Paleo Braised Lamb Let's Do This
Paleo Bottom Round Roast Let's Do This
Paleo Pot Roast Let's Do This
Paleo Jalapeno Burger Let's Do This
Paleo Ground Pork Let's Do This
Glacier National Park - Jeff Sarris Let's Do This
Paleo Breakfast Pizza Let's Do This
Savory Paleo Muffins Let's Do This
Mushroom Mackerel Meatza Recipe Let's Do This
Paleo Meatloaf with Bison and Bacon Let's Do This
Paleo Pork Neck Bones, Italian Style Let's Do This
Paleo Beef and Spinach Let's Do This
Paleo Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers with a Kick Let's Do This
Paleo Endive Chipotle Salad2 Let's Do This
Chorizo Egg Bake Let's Do This
Paleo Bacon Wrapped Turkey Let's Do This
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Chili Let's Do This
Baby Kale-Rocket Salad Let's Do This
Paleo Pumpkin Chili Let's Do This
Primal Zucchini Bake Let's Do This
Breakfast Salad with Eggs Over Easy Let's Do This
Cayenne Kicks Your Ass Chicken Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Onion Omelet Let's Do This
Paleo Crustless Quiche Let's Do This
Avocado Salmon Breakfast Salad Let's Do This
Paleo Oxtail Stew Let's Do This
Paleo Paella Let's Do This
Italian Style Paleo Sub Sandwich with Orange Endive Salad Let's Do This
Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Meatza Recipe Let's Do This