Rosanna Pink Onions – are they the onion worlds answer to a superfood? How can they help raise money for cancer research?


Okay the title of the blog is a bit odd but I don’t really know how else to start.

Rosanna Pink Onion
Rosanna Pink Onion

Actually I think I do.

Yesterday I sent an email to my wife to discuss the upcoming online supermarket shop.  One of the things on my list was “onions – lots”.  A couple of hours later she returned my email saying that she has just bought some Rosanna Pink Onions.

Not just that she thought I should write a blog on the subject knowing my readers in food, diet and health.

So when the truck with the Rosanna Pink Onions arrived I decided to start my research after putting them in the vegetable rack.  One thing which hit me is that they are not that pink.  To be honest they look pretty much like normal onions but I’ve not had the opportunity to chop them so inside might be a different story. I have to say the blurb my wife sent me yesterday was pretty compelling.

On their web site (yes they have their own web site http://www.rosannaonions.com/#panel-2) they feel the onions have the following properties:-

a)      They may help fight cholesterol

b)      They have anti-oxidant properties c)

And they have anti-inflammatory properties. However it is a bit difficult to find any data which supports this.  If the growers or distributors read this blog and have any other information we would love to publish a guest blog from you.  Please write to us at patienttalkblog@gmail.com if you are interested.

That being said according to the web site they donate 2p to Race for Life a UK based cancer research charity for each pack sold.  So that alone, I think, makes them a worthwhile purchase.

So over to you.  Are there any products which you think are great for health?  Use the comments section of our blog to let us know. Thanks in advance.


Cancer prevention – some lifestyle tips to lower the risk of contracting cancer.


As you may know cancer rates seem to be dropping in the UK, at least.   In 2009, according to the

Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter

NHS web site nearly 160,000 were diagnosed with some kind of cancer.

There are, of course, a huge variety of factors which contribute to the development of any given cancer.  However quite a number of cancers (perhaps nearly 50%) can be impacted by environmental factors.  The aim of this blog is to look a few key changes in lifestyle that may assist in preventing these cancers.

I bet you can guess the first one?

  1. Yes that is right – stop smoking tobacco.   90% of lung cancers are smoking related and account for up to 25% of the UK’s cancer deaths.  Also stop people smoking in your house.
  2. Diet.  A healthy diet is recommended anyhow but keep in mind the following:-

a)      Eat at least five pieces of fruit and vegetables each day

b)      Where possible buy wholefoods (such as brown rice) over “white” or processed alternatives.  I have to say that whole-wheat pasta has improved a lot in the last ten years so check it out.  The fibre in wholefoods  can help with the prevention of bowel cancer

c)       While protein is important you may wish to lower the amount of red or processed meat you eat.  Under 100 grams per day has been advised

  1. Cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink.  A couple of beers is about the most you should have each day.  Cutting down on alcohol means that you limit the chances of developing a wide range of cancers including bowel and liver cancers.
  2. Keep out of the sun.  Try and limit your exposure to direct sunlight to minimise the chances of developing skin cancer.  You may also want to use sun creams.  This is particularly an issue for those brought up in the tropics.  My wife comes from Queensland and she developed basal cell carcinoma in her early forties due to sun exposure as a child.
  3. Finally a reasonable exercise regime.  Obesity can increase the chances of you developing cancers such as breast cancer and cancer of the pancreas.

Of course a lot of these ideas apply to wellness generally not just the prevention of various cancers.  There are a number of anti-cancer diets available, though I cannot comment as to how effective they are.

It has also been suggested that stress can effect cancer development so my suggestion is “Be Happy”

Finally have you anything to add to this list.  It would be great if you could add your suggestions (and links) to the comments boxes below.

Many thanks in advance