By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
A new trend has emerged, and it has to do with a mysterious food item known as “celery.” Celebrities are swearing by celery juice to help with many ailments including irregularity, weight loss, and even psoriasis. What is this mysterious food, and how is it doing these amazing things for people? After many sleepless nights and endless hours of research, I believe I have found the answer. Celery belongs to an ancient food group known as “vegetables”, and the “vitamins and minerals” in these vegetables apparently have many health benefits. SURPRISE!!
Ok, no more sarcasm, I promise. Celery is not a magical cure-all. It is a vegetable that is part of the most nutritious food group you can consume. There is a reason health professionals try to push vegetables down your throat: they are extremely nutrient dense while containing very little calories. It is not difficult to get the recommended amounts either.
- The goal is 4 servings a day (1 serving sounds harder than it is).
- ½ cup cooked = 1 serving
- 1 cup raw = 1 serving
And yes, that includes all vegetables (celery, onions, lettuce, mushrooms). Though you want to include different varieties and colors of vegetables throughout the week, these items still contain beneficial nutrients and should be included in a healthy diet.