Shallot Health Benefits, Nutrition and Vegetable Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Shallots

  • Promote Liver Health

    Scientific studies have proven the health effects of shallots to the liver. The vegetable assists the liver to get rid of toxins. It also contains saponin compounds that are effective in eliminating liver cancer cells and protecting you against liver cancer.
  • Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases

    Shallots are a strong anticoagulant. They are capable of thinning the blood and show powerful antiplatelet activity. Therefore, the nutrient-rich vegetable is good to fight atherosclerosis and avoid cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart attack.
  • Protect against Diabetes

    Shallots are abundant with a sulfur compound known as allyl propyl disulphide. Laboratory tests have confirmed the health advantage of allyl propyl disulphide in lowering blood sugar levels by increasing insulin levels in the body.
  • Improve Colon Health

    Like garlic and onions, shallots are a good source of fructooligosaccharides. The health purpose of fructooligosaccharides is to boost the growth of good bacteria in the colon and to reduce the risk of developing tumors on it.
  • Contribute to Better Immune System

    Health properties of shallots can be extended to their ability to enhance the body's immune system. The nutritious vegetable is loaded with manganese and potent antioxidant vitamin C. The mineral and vitamin work well with another compound isothiocyanate to help cure cold and flu fast.
  • Merit of Cancer Prevention

    Raw shallots are enriched with sulfur antioxidants, namely allyl propyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide and diallyl disulfide. Through slicing and crushing, these compounds are transformed into allicin. Research has shown that allicin is a great anti-cancer agent. 

Overview and Facts about Shallots

Raw Shallots, Peeled and Unpeeled

Shallots (scientific name Allium ascalonicum or Allium cepa var. aggregatum) belong to the onion family, and smaller in size. When peeled, they contain cloves like garlic, instead of concentric structures like onions. The vegetable has a strong, rich flavor which resembles garlic and onions.

Shallots can substitute for onions and garlic in many recipes. They have an outstanding advantage over onions and garlic -- they do not cause bad breath like what garlic and onions do. In Australia, shallots are called green onions, but they are actually different foodstuffs. There is a type of shallot which has an elongated feature, known as the banana shallot.

Usually, shallots need shorter time to become tender when cooked, compared to onions. However, onions have a longer storage life. 

Shallot Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Value of 1 tablespoon (10 g) Raw Shallots (Chopped)
Calories 7 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber - g
Sugars - g
Protein 0 g


Shallot Recipe

Fried Shallot Recipe

  • 125 ml cooking oil
  • 12 shallots, sliced thinly

In a frying pan, heat the oil and put in the shallots. Cook for 8 minutes or until crisp and light brown. Remove the fried shallots and drain on a paper towel. 

Shallot Side Effects

Side effects from eating shallots are rare. However, there are people who are allergic to shallots, with symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, breathing difficulties and oral ulcers.

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