celery may or may not contain negative calories (it’s called marketing), but no arguing, kids: it is good for you. just last year, i was telling everyone how i eat everything but celery, but in a strange turn of events, i have suddenly grown to consuming one entire heart of celery a day. raw. it’s as if i’m compensating for an entire lifetime’s worth of celery in a week. i crave the sweet, fresh taste of the green stuff the way a dehydrated athlete would need a tall glass of water. apparently i look scary when i eat celery. but what’s new.
in a cup of celery, you get 2 grams of fibre, 34 grams of foliate, approximately 19 calories and about 0.16 grams of fat. 95% of celery is also water, so it takes up a lot of space in your stomach. and best of all, it makes you go to the bathroom. and going to the bathroom always results in a more pleasant you. at least for me, anyway.
here’s an entire list of things that celery does for you:
- electrolyte replacement
- prevents acid reflux
- anti-cancer compounds: acetylenics stop the growth of tumor cells, and phenolic acids block the action of prostaglandins that promote the growth of tumor cells.
- lowers cholestrol
- ‘cooling’ as my grandma would say
- makes you urinate more
- ameliorates athritic pains
- lowers blood pressure
- helps you lose weight because it curbs your craving for sweets. it totally did. i came home just now wanting to eat a cookie but reached for a celery stick and a cup of green tea instead – and i’m done for the night. go me.
this isn’t to say that i condone vegetarianism or veganism at all (hahahaha) because i firmly believe in the circle of life and this thing called moderation. i’m just bringing to light the wonders of this weird and wonderful vegetable which i’ve turned my back on for so many years and discovered that it wasn’t so bad after all. it’s precisely like dating someone you thought you totally found weird and disgusting previously. case in point.
p.s. celery also tastes great with ranch and buffalo wings.