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Leek: Onion plants can contribute to good intestinal health
Due to its low calorie content, leek is one of the "lean" vegetables. The healthy onion family contains important vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption of leeks can contribute to good intestinal health.
A "lean" type of vegetable
Leek not only contains a lot of fiber and plenty of folic acid, it is also a supplier of vitamins E, B1, B6, C and K. The leek also contains important minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. As the consumer center in Bremen writes in a message, the onion plant is one of the "lean" vegetables. 100 grams of it contain only about 30 calories.
Leek nourishes the beneficial intestinal bacteria
Similar to onions, leeks are also said to have antibiotic effects, which results from the sulfur-containing essential oils they contain.
According to the consumer advice center, eating leeks regularly can contribute to good gut health.
The vegetables stimulate intestinal activity and nourish the beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Leek has a piquant-tart, slightly onion-like aroma. It is an excellent ingredient for a vegetable broth. However, leek is more than healthy soup vegetables.
The vegetables can serve as a spice, but can also be eaten raw, cooked or fried. The leek always contains the most vitamins when it has only been heated for a short time.
The white-green sticks taste in casseroles, pies, quiches, pasta sauces, salads or simply as a side dish with meat or fish.
Do not store together with aroma sensitive food
When buying the vegetables, they are often still contaminated with sand and earth. You should cut fresh leeks lengthways to clean them, bend them apart and rinse them under running water.
According to the consumer advice center, leeks can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Due to its intense smell, it should not be stored together with foods sensitive to flavor, such as milk.
The cause of the intense smell and aroma of the leek is the so-called allicin, which also contributes to the health-promoting effect of garlic.
According to health experts, this sulfur compound has an antibacterial and antioxidative effect, thus protecting the body's cells against free radicals. (ad)