Skip to main content


an upright leek in a dish
3min read

Are Leeks Good For You?

by Fabian Jackson

3min read

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. 

What next?

kale and leek bake

Want something leek-based for dinner after reading this? Why not try our recipe for this Leek and Kale Gratin! 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!


By Fabian Jackson
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.

Read more from Fabian

Let us take care of dinner

We help to make eating more plants easy and delicious. Fancy letting us take care of dinner? Check out our delicious meals here.

Shop now
Multi award-winning great taste producer
Certified B Corporation
London Living Wage Employer
Plant Power


Where to find usVeganuaryUltra Processed FoodSustainability(Not at) school dinnerRefer a FriendPlanted blog

Stay in touch

Multi award-winning great taste producer
Certified B Corporation
London Living Wage Employer
Plant Power

© Copyright 2024 Allplants Ltd. All rights reserved