4 Reasons Celery Is Healthy - And A Tasty Recipe
Celery is a vegetable that people seem to either love or hate – but 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:
- Is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and its active compounds, phthalides, may help lower blood pressure.
- Has long been associated with dieting due to its fiber content and low-calorie count.
- Is rich in potassium and sodium – important in regulating fluid balance and stimulating urine production.
- Lends itself to soups, stews and stir-fries as well as salads, or spread with natural nut or seed butters as a snack.
When choosing, always seek out organically grown celery, as pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.
I am seeing the popular trend of drinking celery juice, where users throw away all of the fibrous components that also make celery a healthful option. I do not think there is any evidence behind the celery juice hype, but if you do enjoy it, just don’t forget to eat the whole vegetable on occasion.
Try celery in this seasonal Red Potato Salad recipe!
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