Health benefits of Leeks
Leeks are a tasty and easy way to enjoy one of your five a day and their versatility means you can use them in lots of recipes.
Leeks are a source of the B vitamin folate which is needed for the production of red blood cells and the release of energy from food. Folate is also important during pregnancy and is important for a healthy immune system.
Just 80g (around half a large leek) will count as one of your five-a-day.
Leeks are also a source of vitamin C which helps to keep our bones and teeth healthy and as an antioxidant which helps to protect cells in the body and keep them healthy, it also plays an role in the healing of wounds.
Leeks contain vitamin K which is needed for blood clotting and so helping wounds to heal. There’s also evidence vitamin K keeps bones healthy. In addition leeks contain Frucooligosaccharides (FOS) – a type of fibre which can encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut. And they are low in calories – just 27 per 100g.
Yet more reasons to join the Leek Appreciation Society!
|Vitamin C (mg)||17||6|
|Vitamit K (mcg)||10.1||7.6|