Leeks have a similar story, but are less pungent than their family members the onion.

Leeks have the appearance of a green top onion, but much larger and cone-shaped with tiny hairs for roots instead of a bulb.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Sliced or chopped leeks form allicin which contains powerful antioxidants that regulate the liver and offer anti-bacterial protection to the body as well as decrease the risk of developing cancer. (1)

 

  • High in Vitamin A which is vital to help improve the functions of the retina. (2)

 

  • Contain vitamin K which helps to maintain the body’s blood flow and even prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s. (3)

 

  • Provide moderate levels of folic acid (vitamin B-12) which is needed for DNA synthesis and helps reduce the chance of birth defects in new born babies. (4)

 

  • Supply magnesium for healthy bones, niacin (vitamin B-3), riboflavin (vitamin B-2) and thiamine (vitamin B-1) which combine to help reduce harmful Low-Density Lipid (LDL) cholesterol in the blood stream and promotes metabolic functions in the body. (5) (6)

 

Leeks Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 61
Calories from Fat 3
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14 g 5%
Dietary Fibre 2g 7%
Sugar 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 33% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 6% Iron 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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