Leeks are used in various cuisines around the world and are excellent for seasoning pasta, sauces, meat, risotto, soups and other dishes.
It comes from the same family as onions and garlic and became famous through French cuisine, which emphasizes its power as a seasoning.
For this reason, this vegetable is also called French garlic by Europeans. But even though leeks are very popular, their true benefits aren’t known to everyone.
Learn now some of its main benefits and the best way to consume it.
Helps fight respiratory diseases
Leeks are rich in different types of bactericidal, fungicidal and antihistaminic substances. These properties help fight colds and flu and even loosen the mucus that makes breathing difficult.
Contributes to weight loss
Due to its fiber, its consumption provides a longer feeling of satiety, contributing to the control and maintenance of body weight.
Helps intestinal function
Another achievement guaranteed by its fiber content is the regular functioning of the intestines. It also contributes to the reduction of bad cholesterol (LDL).
It’s good for pregnant women
Pregnant women not only can but should consume leeks frequently. It’s rich in folic acid and helps in the formation of the brain, neural tube and the entire central nervous system of the baby.
Contributes to stronger bones
Since it contains large amounts of vitamin K, leeks ensure stronger bones because this vitamin makes for more bone health.
Some researchers consider it a prebiotic food that strengthens the immune system because it feeds the good bacteria.
Helps skin health
This is provided by the combination of vitamins A, C and E and the presence of beta-carotene in the food, which has a strong effect on protecting the skin, caused mainly by sun exposure.
But how to consume leeks to get these benefits?
Its leaves can be used in soups, broths and juices. The white part can be cut into rings andused as a natural seasoning for all kinds of dishes, from meat, fish, chicken, rice, soups, salads and even as a seasoning for beans.
Since the vegetables can be eaten both raw and cooked, it’s important to wash them well under running water before using them in recipes.
If you suffer from poor digestion, heartburn, reflux and flatulence after eating regular garlic, it’s very interesting to use leeks to flavor dishes because they’re milder and don’t cause these symptoms in people who’re sensitive to regular garlic. Interesting, isn’t it?
So, did you like to know more about leeks? Did you know all these benefits it has for your health?
If you haven’t eaten it yet, give it a try; if you already do, share with us how you like to consume it.