Choose firm, crisp stalks with as much white and light green regions as possible. Avoid leeks with yellow or withered tops.
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Nutrient Content Claims
Fat free, Saturated fat free, Cholesterol free, Very low sodium, High in Vitamin K, Good source of vitamin B-6, Good source of vitamin C, Good source of copper, Good source of iron, Good source of manganese
Dietary Fat & Cancer: Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers. Leeks are fat free.
Sodium & Hypertension:
- Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. Leeks are very low in sodium.
- Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Leeks are very low in sodium.
- Leeks, as part of a low sodium diet, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Dietary Saturated Fat & Cholesterol & Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease. Leeks contain no fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol.
Fruits & Vegetables & Cancer: Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, vitamin A, or vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Leeks potatoes are a good source of vitamin C.
Refrigerate unwashed leeks in plastic bag for up to two weeks. Rinse before using.
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Presence in Ethnic Foods
Asian / Chinese, Japanese, Korean / South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) / Mediterranean
Social Media Posts
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