Are Leeks Good For You?
Have you been wondering if leeks are actually any good for you? Keep reading to discover why we love adding them into our diets.
Why we love leeks
As the lanky cousin of the onion, leeks make a great base ingredient for soaking up the flavours of cooking and bulking out stews, sauces and soups.
Whilst the leek might be one of the best-known symbols of Wales, it’s likely that the crop was introduced to the country by the ancient Romans around two thousand years ago. But it’s not Italian either; There are many references to its abundance in ancient Egypt (including wall carving that can trace it back around another two thousand years) but originally thought to be native to Central Asia.
Are they any good for you?
To put it simply, yes, leeks are great for you for a bunch of reasons.
Health benefits of leeks
They’re packed with beneficial plant compounds that are thought to reduce inflammation, improve heart health and reduce the risk of diseases. As well as this, adding leeks to your diet can promote healthy digestion and even aid weight loss.
The nutritional benefits of leeks
Leeks are nutrient-dense, low in calories but high in vital vitamins and minerals. They’re especially a great source of magnesium, victim A, K and vitamin C which helps boost immune health, iron absorption and tissue repair.
Want something leek-based for dinner after reading this? Why not try our recipe for this Leek and Kale Gratin!
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By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.