Have you ever tried onion soup at a local Irish pub while sipping on a tall glass of Guinness? While onion soup actually originated in France, the Irish might have discovered this soup tastes incredible with their Irish beer and this might be why the first time I tried onion soup was at an Irish pub. If you haven’t tried it, you must! Not only for the fun melted cheese floating on top, but for the benefits while enjoying an alcoholic beverage like a glass of Guinness.
Nutrition Benefits of Onion Soup
Most of the nutrition of onion soup comes from the broth and the onions themselves. The broth is typically a beef bone broth and homemade beef bone broth is the most beneficial as store bought broth is typically just boullion cubes in soup or sauces.
Real beef bone broth contain these properties:
- Amino Acids
The onions are packed full of these nutrients:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Quercetin (a highly concentrated antioxidant in onions)
- Sulfur compounds
Health Benefits of Onion Soup While Drinking Alcohol
Some of the nutrients of the broth and onions have the potential to counteract some unwanted effects from drinking alcohol. The body is always trying to reach homeostasis which is a balance. Onion soup offers an opportunity for some balance while drinking alcohol, but remember, too much of one thing like too much alcohol in a short period of time would make it challenging for anything to help come back down to homeostasis.
How onion soup can help balance alcohol effects on your body
Alcohol causes inflammation in your gut leading towards leaky gut syndrome. Collagen in the broth help build gut tissue for gut strength. The Collagen helps prevent digestive imbalances. The Gelatin has anti-inflammatory properties. The onions contain a potent anti-inflammatory Quercetin to further balance the gut and prevent leaky gut syndrome.
Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The electrolytes in the broth and the exceptional amount of potassium onions possess help to replenish those electrolytes. The broth also contains water helping to keep restore your body fluid levels.
Alcohol impairs the immune system causing the lymphatic system to be sluggish. The onions help support the immune system with Vitamin C.
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. B vitamins in onions support nerve function.
If you don’t have diabetes, alcohol can increase your risk of developing it and contribute to excess calories and changes in blood sugar due to increased insulin secretion (The Recovery Village). The sulfur compounds in onions contains anti-diabetic effects helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
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How to Eat Onion Soup
My favorite way to eat onion soup is of course at an Irish pub with some friends. You can also enjoy this tasty soup at home. The Ultimate Soup Cookbook has over 900 soup recipes to include the tasty onion soup recipe. The soup is served in a special crock bowl so the cheese can melt over the side if you want to lay it on thick.
Remember to drink in moderation if you are going to, but if you over do it, there’s a natural remedy for a hang over.