FEATURED INGREDIENT: Leeks
Leeks are a member of the allium family, which includes health foods such as onions, shallots, and garlic. In fact, you can think of a leek as a sweet version of an onion. They contain a whole pharmacy of healthboosting components, including key sulfur compounds. The active substances in leeks provide protection against some cancers. They also help block the reactions of hormones and chemical pathways within the body that promote cancer. Plus, regular consumption of allium vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of both prostate and colon cancer. Leeks are also a good source of two of the most important carotenoids for eye health, lutein and zeaxanthin. One 54- calorie leek contains 1,691 mcg of these two superstar nutrients, which are currently the subject of extensive research for their ability to prevent macular degeneration, the No. 1 cause of blindness in adults. Leeks are also packed with fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin K, and more than 1,400 IUs of vitamin A.