There are many health benefits of celery as this vegetable
contains so many essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that
are essential to our health, well-being and lifestyle.
The nutrition of celery can benefit our health by providing the
body with energy and strengthening the immune system. This
particular vegetable is very cleansing and helps the body to
It can help to prevent cancer and reduce blood pressure. This is
one of the preferred health foods and vegetables of many
athletes as it provides so many nutrients and there is a natural
source of sodium in celery (but not at a harmful level).
The celery nutrients can help to quickly replace those essential
nutrients that are lost through exercise and sports, therefore,
providing almost instant health benefits. Celery juice in
particular is very healthy and it is a rich source of vitamins,
minerals and nutrients.
This vegetable also has
anti-inflammatory properties which means that its an excellent
for for anybody suffering with painful joints, gout, rheumatism
There is a lot of nutrition in celery and in
fact the nutritional value of celery is very high and only three
celery sticks need to be eaten to make up one of our recommended
five a day portions. Celery contains many different vitamins
including a range of B vitamins - vitamin B1, vitamin B2,
vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6.
Celery is also a
good source of vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. There are
many celery benefits to be gained from eating this healthy
vegetable as it also provides nutrients including calcium,
potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc and fiber.
This vegetable is great for weight loss as it is believed that
more calories are used up through chewing and eating celery than
the actual amount of calories in celery! This particular healthy
vegetable is very low in calories, carbs and fat. The following
carbs and calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of
celery calories and carbohydrates:
Calories in Celery and
Carbs per 100 grams:
Stem - 7 calories / 0.9g celery carbohydrates
- 8 calories / 0.8g celery carbohydrates
Celery is a member of the parsley family. It is a unique and
distinct vegetable that has stalks and green leaves. The green
stalks grow when the vegetable is left to grow naturally. The
white stalk grows due to lack of sunlight as the soil is banked
up against them.
This is why, fairly often, pale or white celery will appear
dirtier than green varieties. White celery is usually only
available during the winter season and it is generally regarded
very highly and perhaps a little more superior to the usual
green variety. This particular vegetable has a unique taste. Its
flavor is strong, sharp and savoury.
This delicious, healthy vegetable is often eaten at Christmas
time and is used for making sauce and stuffing. White celery
isn't as sharp as green celery so it makes a good, milder
substitute, or alternative. This vegetable can be used for soup
and salad recipes, for example waldorf salad which consists of
walnuts, celery, apples and grapes. Its distinctive taste
compliments waldorf salad wonderfully. It can be eaten raw, with
other foods or on its own.
Picking and Storing Celery
Try to pick celery that is fresh. Look for green leaves that
appear vibrant and fresh, with healthy straight stems that show
no signs of wilting. Try to avoid celery that has missing leaves
from its outer stalks as this type has probably aged a little.
Store celery in the refrigerator for up to seven days. If celery
becomes limp and needs to be revived, try standing it in a jar
Preparing Celery for Eating and Cooking
Wash if required under cold water. Trim the celery base. Pull
the stems apart and chop to suit, either thickly or thinly. It
you are preparing celery to eat raw, peel the outer strings from
the stems by pulling gently from the base of the stem upwards.