With an onion-like flavor, this bulb is much richer in nutrients that are valuable to health
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Belonging to the botanical family of Liliaceae, the shallot is a bulb widely used in cooking. Describing it means remembering that it is part of the Italian excellences: the shallot grown in Romagna is in fact characterized by the IGP designation (protected geographical indication).
With a flavor very similar to that of onion, shallots have benefits that are worth knowing. In this category it is possible to include, as highlighted by the experts of the Humanitas group, the presence of B vitamins (we find niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6). The intake of these nutrients is crucial for improving the efficiency of the metabolism.
There is still a long way to go to list the reasons why shallots are good for your health. Richer in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than onion, this bulb is also known for its allicin content.
This molecule, as specified by numerous scientific studies, could play a role in reducing cholesterol levels, with obvious positive repercussions on cardiovascular health. Not to be forgotten in this regard is also its ability to act on the reduction of pressure and inhibition of platelet aggregation.
Let's not forget that allicin is considered a valid ally when it comes to reducing the rigidity of blood vessels. Distinguished by antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial effects, this sulfur organic compound is truly beneficial to health.
The shallot, available on the market every month of the year, is also characterized by the presence of vitamin K, which is essential for good blood clotting. Additionally, antioxidant flavonoids protect our cells from free radical damage.
The properties of the shallot certainly do not end there! Listing them means opening a chapter dedicated to some minerals that are very important for health. Among these, potassium stands out – in a hectogram of shallot we find about 300 mg – essential for blood pressure regularity and cardiovascular health.
Also not to be overlooked is the presence of calcium, essential for the health of bones and teeth, and the content of phosphorus. Obviously, before introducing shallots into your diet – the bulb does not interact with the efficiency of any drug – you should ask your doctor for advice.