Why are they good for you?
🧅 Leeks belong to the same family as onions (as well as shallots, garlic, spring onions etc)
🩸Leeks are a little more nutrient dense than the humble onion with good doses of carotenoids (converted by your body to vit A) vitamin c, manganese and particularly high in vitamin K1 which we need for blood clotting.
🧄They contain a decent amount of allicin - the sulphur compound which makes garlic famously good for you. Allicin is a powerful antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial which should be part of everyone’s diet in one form or another.
👁Also high in the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein which are EXTREMELY good for eye health
❤️Folate is well known as being essential in pregnancy but it’s also extremely good for heart health as it helps keep a protein called homocysteine balanced (which can contribute to heart disease)
🏴 Lastly leeks are famously associated with Wales and there are many theories as to why. My favourite being that long ago before modern religion when nature was celebrated and worshiped, the leek’s reputation to cure would have been revered. It was highly regarded as a cure for colds and was a tasty, healthy ingredient in traditional welsh broth.
👍 We bloody love leeks in this household and particularly like finely chopping them and adding to the tops of salads. And homegrown ALWAYS tastes better...
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