I’m sure you have all heard the wives tale that celery has “negative” calories, meaning that it takes more energy to chew and digest a stalk of celery than the actual energy/calories that the celery contains. Well, I did a little digging around on this and came across a great video on YouTube made by diet.com that actual PROVES the myth that celery is indeed a negative calorie food! Watch this YouTube video for the low-down.
Celery is not only great for dieters because it has negative calories, but it is a great for attacking the afternoon snack attack because it is crunchy and it helps stave off cravings. Celery can lower blood pressure by up to 12-14%. This is due to the phytochemical that celery produces, phthalide, which relaxes the muscle tissue in artery walls, therefore increasing blood flow. Phthalide also lowers the levels of stress hormones. Is this why I find celery such a great snack when I’m completely stressed out with work and need something crunchy to snack on?
Celery is also a great source of silicon, which is important for bone health. A substance in celery called acetylenics has actually been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells! Combine the acetylenics with the phenolic acids that celery also contains, and you have a powerful cancer fighting food!
I had no idea that celery had so many health benefits! I had always thought that because celery had such little flavor that it did not have many nutrients.
My kids and I LOVE celery with peanut butter and we often eat that for our after-school snack (Yes, I also require an after-school snack.) My daughter actually likes it plain (me, not so much.) Of course celery is also great in soup and chopped into tuna to give it some crunch.
Try out this “Ants On a Log” trick for getting your kids to eat this powerful veggie!
Ants On a Log
- Peanut Butter (or cream cheese if you have peanut allergies in your household)
Spread the peanut butter (or cream cheese) on the celery and top with four or five raisins in a row. Tell your kids the “ants are marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah”
How do you like your celery?