Celery as Nutrition Staple
Advantages to Eating This Crunchy Green
Noted author and natural health advocate Dr. Andrew Weil sees celery as a versatile kitchen staple. A biennial plant, he notes that celery is in the same family as carrots, dill and fennel. Its versatility lands it in soups, stews, stir-fries and salads, plus it’s good spread with natural nut butter.
This crunchy green has long been associated with dieting, due to its natural diuretic effects and low calorie count. Rich in potassium and natural sodium, Weil cites its important role in regulating fluid balance in the body and stimulating urine production, not to mention that celery is a good source of vitamins C and K. Its active compounds, pthalides, may even help lower blood pressure.
Always seek out organically grown celery, advises Weil, as pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.