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Nutritional Benefits of Celery

Learn to Love: Celery

You can find celery pretty much year round, but did you know that it's in season right now? I used to think of it as a rather dull vegetable, but lately, I've cultivated a new appreciation for its flavor and function.

I've heard that you actually burn more calories chewing celery than you consume by eating it, which is almost true. One large stalk contains just 10 calories, but four percent of your dietary fiber RDI. It is also very low in cholesterol but rather high in sodium, something to be aware of if you're watching your salt intake.

The thing I love most about celery is how satisfying it is to eat. The crunch factor means it takes a while to munch on, keeping your mouth occupied for a long snack break. Plus, the hearty, fibrous texture really keeps me full. And since it has diuretic properties and lots of fiber, it keeps all your systems moving right along. Other healthy benefits include lots of vitamin A, C, and K (23 percent of your RDI for vitamin K in one stalk!), as well as folate and potassium.

I love to eat it plain, but this green veggie is also great in a healthy Waldorf salad, as a garnish for a Bloody Mary, or mixed into a mayo-free tuna salad. And, of course, there's always the classic ants on a log. How do you like your celery?

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inlove23 inlove23 5 years
I just don't see the purpose in celery. lol! I only eat it if I'm starving or if smothered in pb! haha, it's nice in soups though. I guess I'll give it another shot!
mandaleebee mandaleebee 5 years
I eat celery and peanut butter as a snack all the time! I also like to use it as a replacement for tortilla chips with dip, especially a yummy buffalo chicken dip!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I can't stand it at all :( I really wish I did. It's so fun to eat. Can't they make it in red bell pepper flavor? haha I can't even take it when a tiny bit of it is in egg salad or anything.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 5 years
i have never liked celery... no amount of peanut butter, raisins, etc. has been able to fix that. i can tolerate in better cooked in soups and stews, but i'd rather skip it entirely.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
Oh wow ticamorena, you are much more observant than I! I didn't even notice!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
how is it that some of the comments from this post are dated 2009? is this a re-post of an old article?
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I looove it with peanut butter or hummus! And @TidalWave, I don't think you're "supposed" to peel celery, but I have to - unfortunately, the veins in celery get stuck in my teeth and sometimes hurt my gums. I brush, I floss, but my gums are still way too sensitive! :(
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Celery + Sabra Pine Nut Hummus or Celery + Peanut Butter + Raisins (Ants on a Log)
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
Juiced or blended with different fruits, herbs, superfoods etc. yum celery, cucumber, apple, and ginger juice is so so good
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I'll eat it, but I don't love the taste and I don't love the stringy texture.
Azurefire Azurefire 5 years
I love celery with cream cheese and a pinch a paprika, which is the way the mom used to make it for me as an after-school snack. I just use reduced fat cream cheese now.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I love celery!
redscorpio redscorpio 6 years
Apparently I am a minority because I simply cannot stand celery. At all. Any form, any part of it, raw or cooked - I detest its taste and flavour. Always have, always will. I can smell it even if it's a small quantity in a spices mix. I have only met one more person that detested celery more than me, which actually said that her idea of hell included "forests of celery and rivers of milk". :-)
poptart-princess poptart-princess 6 years
it's also really good to have celery and cucumber slices all with a bit of lemon juice squeezed over them. gives a nice, fresh ( and very low cal ) zest to both veggies. and yes, the previously mentioned hummus and Laughing Cow cheese are great too.
sailing-chick sailing-chick 6 years
like a lot of others - with peanut butter
rebelkate rebelkate 6 years
I cut mine up in tiny bite size pieces and eat it plain at work...less annoying than the loud biting/crunching on a stalk!
Shanabbey1215 Shanabbey1215 6 years
Last night, i was at a gathering she she filled celery with Laughing Cow Cheese and then topped it with Green Olives, they were delicious. We always put celery on pizza. It is fantastic. We have converted many people to that idea.
telane telane 6 years
I wish I could stomach celery, because when I crave something, I crave a crunch. There's just something about the flavor.... I don't like the aftertaste it leaves.... also can't stand how stringy it is. I have to go for carrots usually.
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
I despise the texture of celery, so I only enjoy it cooked in soup.
closetrebels closetrebels 6 years
I always juice mine with apple and cucumber. It's extremely refreshing and cleansing! Do the benefits differ when it is consumed in different ways (ie juiced or eaten raw)?
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 6 years
Hey Fit......... I'm curious about this; "It is also very low in cholesterol." How does celery have *any* cholesterol?
audrina audrina 6 years
I love celery cut into wedges and put cream cheese in them. I've been eating it that way since I was a kid. However I had read a long time ago that celery is high in sodium so I rarely eat it anymore because of it. DARN!!!!
cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
with peanut butter and raisins. yum! fizzy martini, i love your default picture!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I usually eat it with hummus. I had not heard of anyone eating it with salsa. This I will have to try!
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