Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturday Superfoods: Celery

I was reading through some articles on nutrition when this statement caught my attention: Don't include too much celery in your diet if you're interested in weight gain. It makes me want to run to the store and buy it in bulk!

Celery is good on multiple levels. Its nutritional value makes it ideal for losing weight and maintaining optimal health. It contains high amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C and K, calcium, magnesium and potassium, to name a few.

One of the more common notions attributed to celery is that it contains “negative” calories. Celery in fact does contain calories, an estimated 6 calories per eight-inch stalk. The body burns a higher amount of calories in the digestion of celery, thus tipping the scales to the negative number of calories in the body. The number of calories burned during the digestion is not overly significant, but if you’re ever stranded in the wilderness and starving, don’t eat celery.

Celery is a great snack that will mitigate your hunger and keep your mouth happy. Since it is high in salt, place it in a bowl of water before eating. This causes the celery to absorb the water, making it plumper and crisper. Celery is also a delicious and nutritious addition to soups and meat dishes. You can also add it to rice and other grains like couscous, which will help to volumize the carbs.

Whether it’s eaten as a snack or meal enhancer, raw or boiled, celery is going to improve your health. Well, I suppose if there are a few out there who are trying to gain weight, perhaps they should stay away. As for me, I’m heading to the produce department as fast as I can!

1 comment:

  1. I just bought a big bunch of celery at Costco mostly because of this blog!