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Heart disease risk 'cut' by onions

5th November 2007

A new study has revealed that consuming food containing flavonoids can lessen early indications of heart disease.

Scientists from the Institute of Food Research team paid special attention to a compound known as quercetin. This is contained in food such as onions and some drinks, including red wine and tea.

The compounds were found to act as a preventative measure against inflammation, which can cause arteries to thicken. Researchers saw that by eating a small amount - 100g to 200g of onions - had a significant impact on inflammation.

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