We all know we should eat better. I know that I beat myself up when I don’t eat as well as I should. But my sweet tooth just makes it hard for me. I love ice cream and chocolate candies. While I know, I shouldn’t gorge on those good-tasting treats as often as I do, at least I chow down on healthy spinach and collard greens. I also enjoy broccoli.
But there is another green vegetable that we often forget. What is it? It’s celery. While you might think of this veggie as something that goes into dishes along with carrots and onions, you can – and should – snack on it when you can. It is an underrated vegetable loaded with health benefits.
People often claim that celery is all water and has no useful nutrients. But that’s just a myth. In reality, it can do a lot of good for you. While it is made of about 95 percent of water – what in nature isn’t made of a lot of water – it still does a lot for your health. When you find a place for celery in your diet every day, you’ll be thanking yourself in as short as a week. Add it to your dishes. You don’t have to eat it raw every time. Put it in your next smoothie or add it to your soup. You can also eat it with peanut butter or hummus. It’s quite a versatile delight.
If you do add celery to your diet on a daily basis, you’ll notice some positive health benefits.
First off, celery can help you lose weight. Each stalk has only about ten or fifteen calories in it. That means you’re doing a lot more chewing than calorie consuming. When you eat celery and add in the right nutritional balance along with exercise, you’ll be on the fast track to the weight loss you’ve always wanted.
Celery also provides a great source of phytonutrients. These give you a great boost of health-giving benefits. Celery is loaded with antioxidant properties and has an anti-inflammatory effect – not as much as ibuprofen but still pretty good for a vegetable. It can also be good for your liver. If you’re a drinker, celery might help promote good liver health.
And if you want to lower your blood pressure, celery can help. The University of Chicago Medical Center found that celery contained a chemical that, when extracted, relaxed lab animals’ muscles. Cool! And because they were so chilled, it helped lower their blood pressure.
When it comes to fiber content, celery does it right. Because these green stalks are loaded with fiber, it can help you feel full for longer. And if you pair this with a high fat or high protein food you can satiate yourself. Perhaps have it with peanut butter for some extra fat or put extra celery in your chicken soup for a boost of protein.
Are you ready for another benefit? Because it has so much water, celery can help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Fiber also promotes healthy digestion and reduces constipation. How? Because it has so much fiber, it does right by your digestive system.
Will you try adding more celery to your diet?