Like most people, I am a loser for health trends that emerge early in the new year. I find the promise of "new year, new you" strangely reassuring – those toned abs and smaller pores are still possible! So when I started reading about celery juice and saw everyone from celebrities to social influencers jump into the trend, I jumped too. But then I tasted it and eek. My enthusiasm went down the drain. So I started to wonder if eating celery is as good as drinking celery juice. If you eat celery, you can at least baptize or hide it.
First, it is important to acknowledge why people are in this health trend at all. It is packed with vitamins (K and C specifically), as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium and more. Gabriella Safdieh, MS, MD of pediatrics and rheumatology wrote on Parsley Health. In addition, "it has a high percentage of water and electrolytes that can help prevent dehydration," she said. Healthline also said that celery juice helps lower blood pressure, prevents chronic diseases, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
But it appears that eating celery might be better for you than drinking it as juice. This is the reason: according to a dietitian and nutritionist Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, you get more fiber from eating celery than from drinking it in an interview with Romper. And fibers are the if weight loss is one of your motives. "Fiber is one of the reasons why celery helps in the first place with weight loss. Fiber makes you fuller, longer and also contributes to good gut health," Today explained.
In addition to weight loss goals, fiber is essential for a daily, healthy diet. "I emphasize the importance of adding fiber to your diet, and adding lots of whole or cooked vegetables to increase your total daily fiber intake. Women need 25-28 grams daily and men need more than 35 g / day, "thus registered dietitian and nutritionist Dara Godfrey, MS, RD, at RMA from New York, in conversation with Romper. I find grams difficult to visualize, but 25 grams of fiber is, according to Fiber d’Lish, the equivalent of eight bananas or seven cups of blueberries.
If you choose to eat celery instead of squeezing it, you can get more of that good fiber intake and you can reduce your sugar intake.
"I am against using juice in general for overall health and weight. Even if it is a vegetarian juice. Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot of sugars and when they are squeezed and consumed faster, it can raise blood sugar levels and let them drop sooner, which makes us more craving for sugars in the long run, "Godfrey explains.
To get more fiber and less sugar, eating celery is the best choice. But that is easier said, if that is done. Celery is not the sexiest vegetarian. It is hard to "crave". There are, however, some interesting ways to add flavor so that it looks more like a pleasant snack. "Add some natural nut butter (which is a nice protein and a healthy fat) that will saturate you in the long run and taste MUCH better, Godfrey advises.
So when you are ready to put on your celery, there is another important thing to keep in mind. Celery is part of the Dirty Dozen of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a list of products that contain many pesticides. "More than 95 percent of conventional celery samples tested positive for pesticides," the EWG said.
Therefore, if you are going to increase your celery intake, or want your children to start chewing the green stuff, you should consider your options. "I would buy organic celery to reduce pesticides," advised Schapiro and always give them a good scrub before they are consumed.