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4 Reasons to Eat Celery
Published: 8/16/2013

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Celery is a vegetable that people seem to either love or hate - if you are in the latter group, you are missing out! A biennial plant, celery is in the same family as carrots, dill and fennel. Why should you add it to your meals? Celery: 

  1. Is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and its active compounds, pthalides, may help lower blood pressure.
  2. Has long been associated with dieting due to its low calorie count.
  3. Is rich in potassium and sodium - important in regulating fluid balance and stimulating urine production.
  4. Lends itself to soups, stews and stir-fries as well as salads or spread with natural peanut butter.

When choosing, always seek out organically grown celery, as pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.

Try celery in this seasonal Red Potato Salad recipe!

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