Monday, April 13, 2009

Nutrition Facts on Raw Celery






Celery is one of three vegetables that make up the 'holy trinity' of Cajun cuisine. Together with celery in this category are bell peppers and onions.

%Celery is a common vegetable that is added to soups and salads and has also been used by dieters for its low caloric value. In some countries, celery is also grown for its seeds, which produce an oil that is commonly used in the production of perfume and other pharmaceuticals.

%The celery plant may be eaten raw, while its seeds can be used as a spice in many foods. Celery salt is extracted from the roots of the plant and may also be eaten. When consumed, the roots are also considered to be an excellent diuretic.

%When liquefied the whole celery plant can help to be effective in assisting with urinary tract inflammations as well as joint inflammations. Celery is also used to enhance the flavor of beverages, specifically cocktails such as a Bloody Mary.

%Many dieters are fond believers in celery, not only because it is so versatile and offers fiber, but according to Snopes.com, the urban legends reference pages, celery has negative calories. This means that the human body uses up more energy to digest a stick of celery than the amount of energy contained within the celery itself.

%One hundred grams of raw celery contains only 16 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 80 milligrams of sodium. Celery also contains zero fat and zero cholesterol and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

%A bit of interesting trivia suggests that celery contains a hormone known as andorsterone. This hormone, which releases via the sweat glands, is said to attract women.

%Celery is:

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 good).
The nutritional value and health benefits of celery means that it's good for:

Maintaining good general health
Losing weight
Don't eat too much celery if you're interested in:

Gaining weight

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