High in potassium and
calcium, celery helps to
reduce fluid retention and
prevent high blood pressure.
Celery has long been regarded as an ideal food for dieters because of its high water content and therefore its low calorie content. In fact, celery is a useful and healthy vegetable for many other reasons. It is a good source of potassium and is also surprisingly high in calcium, vital for healthy bones, healthy blood pressure levels, and nerve function. The darker green stalks and the leaves of celery contain carotenes and more of the minerals and vitamin C than the paler leaves, so don’t discard them. Celery also contains the compounds polyacetalines and phthalides, which may protect us from inflammation and high blood pressure.
- Low in calories and fat and high in fiber.
- Good source of potassium.
- Calcium content protects bones and may help regulate blood pressure.
- May offer protection from inflammation.
Choose celery heads with leaves that look bright green and fresh. Store in a plastic bag or in plastic wrap to prevent the stalks going limp. Celery is ideal for adding flavor and bulk to soups and stews and quartered heads can be braised in vegetable stock for an excellent accompaniment to fish, poultry, or game. The leaves can be added to salads and stir-fries or used as a garnish.
DID YOU KNOW?
Celery can contain high levels of nitrates, which have been linked with an increased risk of cancer. However, research has found that vegetables high in nitrates also usually contain high levels of nitrate-neutralizing chemicals.