Food of the Week: Chives

  • Chives are very low in calories; 100 g of fresh leaves provide just 30 calories. Nonetheless, they contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, plant fiber, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.
  • As in scallions, they too contain more plant-derived dietary fiber than fellow allium members such as onions, shallots, leeks…etc. 100 g fresh leaves provide 2.5 g or 7% of daily-recommended levels of fiber.
  • Fresh chives are rich sources of folates. 100 g leaves provide 105 µg or 26% of DRI of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate levels in the diet during pregnancy may help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
  • The leaves are packed with other B-complex vitamins as well as some essential minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, and calcium. The leafy greens contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions

**Fun Fact: Originally chives were found in Asia and Europe.  Chives have been used for centuries but probably not cultivated until the Middle Ages in Europe. **chives


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