Leeks look like a giant green onion but have a much milder, somewhat sweet flavor and a creamier texture when cooked. Leeks are a rich source of antioxidants, particularly polyphenols and sulphur compounds. Antioxidants fight oxidation, which damages your cells and contributes to illnesses like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Leeks are a particularly great source of kaempferol, a polyphenol antioxidant thought to protect against heart disease and some types of cancer. They’re likewise a great source of allicin, the same beneficial sulfur compound that gives garlic its antimicrobial, cholesterol-lowering, and potential anticancer properties.
Leeks are alliums, a family of vegetables that include onions and garlic. Alliums lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Leeks help in weight loss. Leeks are a good source of water and fiber, which may prevent hunger, promote feelings of fullness, and help you naturally eat less. They also provide soluble fiber, which forms a gel in your gut and is particularly effective at reducing hunger and appetite.
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