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Leeks belong to the same family as onions, shallots, scallions, chives, and garlic. They look like a giant green onion but have a much milder, somewhat sweet flavour and a creamier texture when cooked. All varieties of leeks are nutritious and thought to offer a host of health benefits! 

Contains a variety of nutrients

Leeks are low in calories but high in nutrients, particularly magnesium and vitamins A, C, and K. They boast small amounts of fiber, copper, vitamin B6, iron, and folate.

Offer beneficial plant compounds

Leeks are rich in antioxidants and sulfur compounds, especially kaempferol and allicin. These are thought to protect your body from disease.

May reduce inflammation and promote heart health

Leeks contain heart-healthy plant compounds shown to reduce inflammation, cholesterol, blood pressure, the formation of blood clots, and your overall risk of heart disease. 

May help with weight loss

The fiber and water in leeks can promote fullness and prevent hunger, which may aid weight loss. Furthermore, this vegetable is very low in calories.

May promote healthy digestion

Leeks are a good source of soluble fiber, which feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. In turn, these bacteria reduce inflammation and promote digestive health.

May lower blood sugar levels

The sulfur compounds in alliums have been shown to effectively lower blood sugar levels. 


All in all, Leeks are easy to add to your diet and offer a variety of great health benefits. You can eat them on their own or add them to a variety of main or side dishes! 

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