Guest post - Celery a Healthy Choice by Mark Salinas, MN

>> Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mark Salinas' blog is one of my very favorite blogs. He has great posts that make exercise and healthy living accessible to everyone - even a sleep deprived stay-at-home-mom with little time to herself - as well as wonderful guest posts (sorry, couldn't resist the link), and his Friday links and Twitter posts have introduced me to more than one great new blog.

Celery a Healthy Choice

More recently, my wife has decided to insert celery more often into
our meals. As a guy on a journey I am always trying to eat healthier,
but celery? What is healthy about celery?
Well, after a bit of research and and many questions, answers.

Some benefits of celery:

* Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
* High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate,
Potassium, Manganese, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid,
Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus (good). Also high in salt (not so

The nutritional value and health benefits of celery makes it ideal for:

* Maintaining optimum health
* Weight loss

For years it has been mentioned that celery is good for diets and did
you know that eating celery actually results in negative
Also it could help safeguard mental health?

Researchers have found that it generates compounds that can fight
Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases. The compound, called
luteolin, is a potent antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory
properties. Luteolin belongs to a family of plant molecules called
flavonoids, which are found in various vegetables, fruits, and
beverages, including chamomile tea. Researchers have studied the
potential health effects of flavonoids, and shown that flavonoids can
counter dementia1.

Recommended daily vegetable serving is 2 ˝ cups, advised the US
Department of Agriculture. Ok that is allot of celery to consume
daily. But maybe celery should become a regular part of our diet?


Casey October 1, 2008 at 7:41 AM  

I had a similar reaction when my husband developed a love for celery. I wondered what was in it besides water. Having done a little research and seeing this post, I'm reminded that we need to buy more! I do love the way it tastes in meals, but I just never think of it unless my husband suggests it or if it is specifically written into a recipe.

Lori October 1, 2008 at 8:14 AM  

So this is what I am thinking...if I eat a ton of celery with my buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing I may end up with 0 calories consumed, right?

Ha, ha! I know the answer to that already. The whole takes more calories to burn than it contains was one of those food tidbits that stayed with me forever. However, I was not aware of all the other benefits. I'll have to incorporate it more. No, not with blue cheese dressing. :)

Mark Salinas October 1, 2008 at 8:21 AM  

@casey, My wife is making certain that celery is used more in our diets!

@lori, you know much more about this than I :)

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H October 1, 2008 at 9:25 AM  

Thanks for the good info Mark.

I will keep celery in mind. I eat it when it is in front of me, but don't think about benefits.

Rosy V October 1, 2008 at 10:53 AM  

Fabulous post! I love celery in soups, too. Celery and carrots are my go to snack (of course, sometimes with either peanut butter or hummus).

Missicat October 1, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

Celery and PB - yum!

Mark Salinas October 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM  

@Dr. Hubbard, Sometimes the benefits aren't even considered...I know!

@Rosy, You are such a healthy eater!

@Missicat , Peanut Butter...Yum indeed!

The Happy Runner October 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

I love celery! I add it to tuna fish salad, regular salads, soups, stir fries, tons of things. But, I didn't know about all the health benefits so, thanks!

m October 1, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

@The Happy Runner, You are ahead of the game! Fantastic!

Mama Zen October 2, 2008 at 12:03 PM  

Wow! I didn't know that celery had all that much going for it!

Mark Salinas October 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

@Mama Zen, Enough to stay in my diet! :)

JC October 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM  

I saw your post on blogher and just wanted to give you a link to something I wrote recently on high fructose corn syrup, if you're interested. I found the recent pro-HFCS ads to be disturbing and wrote a little rant.

JC of

Rachel October 3, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

I actually love celery. Now I call feel all nutritionally righteous as I eat it.


cathy October 5, 2008 at 8:14 PM  

Nice post! One of my absolute favorite childhood snacks was celery filled with pimento cheese. Maybe the benefits of the celery outweighed any of the unhealthy qualities of the pimento cheese?

Very interesting as always, Mark. Thanks for the post!

cathy October 6, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

Thanks for leaving the link, JC. Going to check it out now!

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