10 Amazing Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk
We’ve all heard countless praises for leafy greens like broccoli and spinach, and fibrous fruits like apples and oranges. But who ever heard of the terrific benefits of a celery stalk?
Celery remains one of the most underappreciated green vegetables of our time. It just fails to excite the masses with its bland taste, its mundane green hue and its lack of a dominating presence among other vegetables.
However, celery is more than meets the eye. Usually found in soups or as garnish in salads, celery is the perfect food to chew on during a lazy afternoon for an instant nutrient kick.
Even a single stalk of celery is a nutrient powerhouse. It is mostly made of water (95 percent) and contains vitamins A, C, K and some B vitamins as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, potassium, and fiber. In addition, it is naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol.
Here are the top 10 amazing health benefits in a single celery stalk.
1. Aids Weight Loss
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one celery stalk contains as little as 10 calories. Low calorie intake surely promotes weight loss. However, the real secret to celery’s weight-loss prowess is its fiber content.
The fiber in celery provides bulk in your digestive system. It settles in the gut, so your stomach may empty more slowly.
Therefore, celery keeps you feeling full longer and prevents hunger pangs. Because celery is 95 percent water, it also keeps the body hydrated.
According to a 2015 study published in the International Medical Journal, a group of women (35 to 45 years old) who practiced regular Pilates exercise and consumed celery supplements for 8 weeks reported significantly reduced body fat.
2. Improves Digestion
Celery’s high water content increases fluid levels in your body that help breakdown food for nutrient absorption. It also helps food pass easily through the digestive tract and softens stools, thereby preventing constipation.
Celery is a wonderful combination of soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fiber increases the size of your stool. Since bulky feces are quicker and easier to eliminate, it relieves constipation. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, settles in your digestive tract and regulates digestion.
A 2014 study published in Food and Function notes that dietary fiber-rich foods like celery aid the digestion of lipids (molecules containing fats) in the digestive tract.