Food for Thought: Benefits of Celery
When it comes to green, versatile produce, one veggie that brings anything from a needed crunch to a crisp flavor is celery. Pair it with peanut butter, slow cook a celery-based soup, toss into a veg-filled salad; the meal options are endless!
As one of the best filler foods in the game, celery’s long list of health benefits is another reason to praise this produce. Here are just a few to consider:
- With only 10 calories per large stalk, it’s a great addition to any diet meal plan.
- It’s actually an impressive stress-reliever. Celery is made up of minerals, particularly magnesium, and essential oils that help relax and soothe your nervous system.
- Celery can help protect your vision. Delivering 5 percent of your daily Vitamin A needs, one large stalk is good for your eyes and works to prevent age-related vision degeneration.
- Studies by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation show that celery releases chemical substances that can boost your arousal levels. So in short, chewing on a celery stalk could actually have an impact on your sex life!
At Produce Alliance, we see everything from the stalks growing above the ground to the prep for your plate. And as your produce experts, we’re always here to provide you with food safety advice for every meal.
That said, be sure to incorporate these suggestions next time you’re planning to master a celery dish:
Before you enjoy a bundle of celery, it’s essential to clean the ribs and stalks well to remove all dirt. Be sure to also refrigerate after cleaning and wrap in a moist, clean paper towel.
Remember that celery leaves are completely edible and can make for an amazing smoothie!