Vivacious Veggies: Celery

Mmmh who doesn’t love some fresh crunchy celery? Did you know that it can naturally help with bad breath? Learn the nutritional highlights, health benefits and some vegetarian recipes with this green stalk veggie. Make sure to add it to your diet today!

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Aww celery…!

Nutritional highlight per 1 cup of raw chopped celery:
– 16 calories
– 0g trans fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g total fat
– 2g (6% DV) Dietary fibre
– 9% (DV) Vitamin A
– 37% (DV) Vitamin K
– 9% (DV) Folate
– 5% (DV) Vitamin C
– 8% (DV) Potassium

Health Benefits:
– Aids in preserving brain health by preventing the build up brain plaque
– Helps ward off urinary tract infections
– Lowers blood pressure levels
– Helps boost sperm count and help with male fertility
– The roughness and natural fibres of celery act as an edible toothbrush cleaning and scrubbing bacteria away in your mouth
– Aids indigestion
– Can help combat gout attacks
– Great immune system booster
– Helps fight inflammation
– May reduce menopausal symptoms
– Promotes health kidney function
– Helps lower bad cholesterol

Try out these Celery recipes:
Vegan Celery and Olive Orzo Salad Recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/28910-celery-and-olive-orzo-salad
Vegan Spiced Carrot and Celery Soup Recipe: http://www.happycow.net/recipes.php?id=77
Vegetarian Celery Risotto With Dandelion Greens or Kale: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/health/celery-risotto-with-dandelion-greens-or-kale-recipes-for-health.html?_r=0

To learn more about celery, check out these sources:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2396/2
http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/five-surprising-health-benefits-of-celery/
http://www.foods-healing-power.com/celery-health-benefits.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14
http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-vegetables/health-benefits-of-celery.html

Photo credit: findingthenow via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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