Celery is not just a low-calorie vegetable food to eat when you are on a diet, but one to incorporate on a daily or weekly basis.
It grows in bunches of long, ribbed stalks with leafy tops, and it comes from the same plant family as carrots and parsley.
But the most important about celery is its high nutrient level. Below you can read in details everything you should know about this vegetable:
Nutrients in celery
Celery is a very rich source of antioxidants, phenolic acids, phytosterols, vitamin C, flavonoids and more. All of them help to protect the body against oxidation which can be harmful to organs, cells and blood vessels. It also has a very high amount of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K, A and potassium. It is also rich in dietary fiber despite celery is being made up of mostly water. Celery also contains small amounts of calcium, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and magnesium; all which our body needs to stay healthy.
How to use it
You can consume celery in soups, salads, juices, smoothies or as a raw snack. Separate celery stalks and cleans them under cold water as soon as you purchase them. Chop some up and put in a plastic bag or another container with a little cold water for use in soups and salads. Store the cleaned stalks in serving-size bags or containers. A serving size is 4-5 stalks. Put a serving of celery sticks in a glass of ice water on your desk or next to your favorite chair. This will keep the celery fresh and crisp and remind you to eat it.
Health benefits of eating celery
It is a very useful food to help with weight loss as it has a low number of calories, but a high number of nutrients. This is why the celery an ideal snack to satisfy those cravings and it will not affect you too much, especially if you are on a diet! It also aids your digestion as the high amount of fiber helps for the easy passing of stool. Studies have also shown that simply consuming two stalks of celery a day can reduce your bad cholesterol level by up to 7 points.
In addition, eating one large stalk will satisfy 10% of your daily need for vitamin A which is a key component that helps to prevent the deterioration of your vision due to age. Furthermore, celery is thought to reduce the chances of developing cancer. It contains a flavonoid called luteolin, which researchers believe to possess properties that can help the body prevent cancer. Celery also contains pectin, a unique type of fiber that helps our digestive systems to work properly.
Precautions of consuming celery
Some people may experience celery allergy with the signs of itchy throat, ears, and nose, called ‘oral allergy syndrome’. Because this vegetable for some people may be allergenic, it can even cause anaphylactic shock. The ‘oral allergy syndrome’ is not as severe as an attack and can be moderately tolerable with some.