Learning to Love Leeks
By Brandi Swieter
Leeks, similar in appearance to green onions, are not as commonly used as the more popular vegetable. They should be. People need to learn to love leeks and gain all of the many nutritional benefits they have to offer, from the amount of vitamins to their limited calorie content.
Lots of Vitamin A
One leek contains 29 percent of the daily needed amount of Vitamin A. This vitamin is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system. It is also helpful for improved eyesight and the functioning of many other organs within the body, such as the kidneys and lungs. Adding more leeks to the diet, such as putting them in salads, soups, and other recipes, will help to improve overall health.
Loaded With Vitamin C
At least 17 percent of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C is present in one leek. Use a few leeks in a recipe and you're getting even more. Vitamin C is necessary when repairing tissues within the body. It acts as an antioxidant to fight off anything bad and promote healing. The formation of collagen is possible because of the vitamin. It also helps the body absorb iron.
Laden With Fiber
A leek contains more than one full gram of fiber. Fiber is essential for digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Pair them with other foods rich in fiber to get even more benefits. A leek and potato soup makes an excellent option. Potatoes, leeks, celery, and onion make up the majority of the recipe.
Lipid Profile Improvement
A person's lipid profile can be improved with leeks. Leeks offer a good form of cholesterol. The nutrients within them work to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol. The vegetable improves blood pressure as well due to the nitric oxide it releases which helps blood vessels relax and also dilate.
A diet high in fat does serious damage to the liver. Leeks have little to no saturated fat and are therefore not a concern in the slightest. In fact, the vegetable has some liver-protecting properties due to the vitamins within them and the ability to absorb iron. Vitamin A and iron are especially important for liver health. Leeks contain both.
Low in Calories
Leeks are low in calories. One full leek contains just 54. You don't even consume the entire thing, reducing the amount you're taking in to even less significance. Anyone looking to watch their weight can add leeks to their list of diet-friendly foods.
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