06/20/2016 02:09 EDT | Updated 10/28/2016 01:06 EDT

Onion Health Benefits: 15 Things You Should Know

So many health benefits (once you get past the tears)!

We all know onions add a ton of flavour to a dish, but did you know they can add nutrients as well?

"Onions have been used since antiquity as a healing food," says says dietitian Yevgeniya Libkhen "To this day they are used in a variety of ways to promote health and make a meal enjoyable."

This often-overlooked food contains nutrients like vitamin C and fibre, along with plant compounds with potential health benefits that researchers are digging into.

And because onions are eaten nearly all over the world, there are a ton of different ways to enjoy this healthy vegetable — both raw and cooked. "With the exception of a few Hinduism branches and Jains, onions are eaten all over the globe and each region has its own amazing stories and recipes for the medical and culinary use of them," Libkhen adds.

Here are 15 things you should know about the health benefits of onions — that’s plenty of reasons to get more of them in your diet!

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