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For anyone embarking on a detox diet this January, eating in-season British leeks can help play a part in ridding the body of harmful substances while also contributing to weight loss.

According to the British Leek Growers’ Association, leeks are ideal for detoxing because they contain potassium, folic acid and vitamin C. Leeks can also help reduce cholesterol levels and rid the body of uric acid, created after ingesting certain foods. Too much uric acid can cause gout and kidney stones.

As well as the perfect detox, the versatile leek is full of anti-oxidants and rich in iron, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C to keep winter colds and sore throats at bay. Packed full of health benefits, the leek is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems and insomnia. And, for New Year dieters focussed on weight loss, don't forget an average serving of leeks (80g or one leek) contains just:

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