The wellness movement has introduced many niche practices into the mainstream. I am thinking of mixing medicinal mushrooms and herbs in coffee, mixing collagen powder in smoothies and sweetening desserts with fruit instead of sugar. And recently, grumpy celery juice. You may have seen the green drink from the spout of a juicer on Instagram videos. It seems that people who participate in wellness crazes have exchanged their dark, leaf-green juice for a new green juice.
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Proponents of celery juice swear that it helps with many health complications, from reducing inflammation (some of which claim to be able to relieve the symptoms of eczema, IBS, acid reflux and acne), to support the immune system and to lower high blood pressure. Although it is possible that people who suffer from these complications have experienced fewer symptoms since the implementation of celery juice in their diet, experts for the most part have not yet supported their claims.
Celery does indeed contain nutrients: vitamins A, C and K, as well as calcium, potassium and folic acid. "Celery also contains phytonutrients, which have antioxidant properties that can protect cells from damage caused by harmful substances known as free radicals," Ayla Gentiletti, a registered dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center, told me in an email.
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But that alone does not mean there is evidence to prove those other claims. "Many wellness seekers are constantly looking for the next silver bullet that can make a difference in their health," Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author of the Small Change diet, said in an email. "From now on the claims about what celery can do are not supported by solid, convincing evidence within the scientific community."
Most dietitians find it important to remind people that celery juice is not a panacea. Gentiletti acknowledges that celery contains numerous nutrients, but it is more concerned with making sure the general public knows that only because a & # 39; healthy & # 39; drink becomes a whim, not everything that people say about it. "There are countless wellness bloggers and influencers on display who praised its benefits … Unfortunately, too often they (they) promote food trends that lack solid scientific evidence to support their claims. Celery juice is no exception. "
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Another expert with whom I spoke has a milder approach. "I am a proponent of prioritizing whole foods to manage symptoms of various disorders … even if the study is not yet fully developed," registered registered dietitians nutritionist, certified dietitians nutritionist and Master of Public Health Lauren Minchen. "I have had many patients with autoimmune diseases and digestion who benefit from a variety of foods and natural approaches that have undergone limited research, so I think being open to opportunities is crucial."
Gentiletti, Gans and Minchen all mentioned social media as the engine for the popularity of celery. When you hear that, it's pretty clear that the fame of the drink is based more on trends than on its nutritional value. Although there is nothing wrong with drinking celery juice, unlike, for example, a soft drink, a high-nutrient snack should contain fiber, healthy fat, and protein. Whole celery contains no fat or protein and most of the fiber is removed during the juice process. Gentiletti recommends that those who love celery instead want to eat on chopped celery sticks with peanut butter or hummus.
In the end it is fine to drink celery juice, but as with any food or drink, it should only be a small part of a varied diet, and you should never think that a drink will magically make all your problems disappear.
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