Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Pros and Cons of Celery

Celery happens to be one of the go-to vegetables for dieters. Just like olives, celery too gets included in cocktail drinks. Though we’ve come to know celery in such light, this vegetable actually has a lot to offer nutritionally. But while this is the case, there are certain considerations that have to be taken into account prior to including celery in measurable amounts in your diet.

Continue reading and discover more about the pros and cons of celery and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this vegetable.

Celery Benefits:

Celery is a low-calorie vegetable that’s also profuse in fiber. As you probably already know, eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables facilitates easy and regular elimination and so helps in the prevention of colon cancer. It’s also common knowledge that eating fruits and vegetables high in fiber guards against the development of cardiovascular disease. And in one Singapore-based study, this heart-protective properties of celery has been confirmed. As it turns out, the butanol content in celery is responsible for lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood of laboratory rats. It’s also been found in the same study that liver toxicity did not occur in these rats fed with celery extracts for extended periods, and so this vegetable may just provide therapeutic potentials for cholesterol-related diseases that won’t have adverse effects to the body.

Individuals who need to manage their food consumption for weight loss purposes may find an ally in celery as well, not just because it’s a low-calorie vegetable. In a 2010 study, it’s been found that the ethanol content in celery extract has gastric mucosal protective properties that inhibit the production of acidic secretions which cause lesions in the stomach. Portion control is an integral part of weight loss and eating celery during the dieting stage may then help address the side effect of stomach acidity which is often the result when lessening food intake.

Apiuman, a type of pectin, has also been found in a study to be present in measurable amounts in celery, most especially in this vegetable’s stalks. Apiuman has shown multiple anti-inflammatory properties, too. Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, is often the precursor to a host of diseases. By eating vegetables with anti-inflammatory properties like celery, illnesses brought about by chronic inflammation may be prevented.

Celery Risks:

A cup of celery contains roughly 80 milligrams of sodium, or about 4% of the RDA for this mineral. Though not really that significant an amount, individuals who need to minimize their sodium intake must consult with their doctors prior to incorporating this vegetable in their daily diet.

Celery, much like carrots, contain protein allergens that are cross-reactive with birch and mugwort pollen. In one case, a woman allergic to birch pollen who ate fresh celery suffered from extreme anaphylactic shock. Individuals who are allergic to birch and mugwort pollen must then steer clear of celery at all costs.

Also, celery ranked fourth among fifty commonly eaten fruits and vegetables tested for pesticide residue. It is for this reason opting for organically grown celery is crucial to minimize your exposure to harmful petrochemicals.

Celery Practical Uses:

If you often eat celery raw, then you’d want to make sure you don’t choose the bitter-tasting ones. To select sweet-tasting celery, check that its inner core has young and tender stalks instead of a hardy round-looking seed stem.

Fresh celery is best eaten raw and so may be added to your favorite salads. Opt to use the leaves, too, as these have the most calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Chop or slice celery right before serving to maximize it healthful goodness as well. If you must prepare the vegetable ahead of time for overnight storage, for instance, opt to store the chopped celery in an airtight glass container to minimize nutrient loss.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of cucumber and how to moderately use it in your quest to Become Superhuman.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:

Eat:

Sprouts

Avocados

Olives

Asparagus

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Cabbage

Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut

Naturally Fermented Pickles

Bok Choy

Collards

Swiss Chard

Kale

Mustard Greens

Nori (Seaweed)

Organic Greens Powder or Capsule

Moderate:

Sweet Potatoes

Yams

Plantains

Potatoes

• Corn

Peas

Carrots

Celery

Cucumber

Squash

Zucchini

Romaine Lettuce

Red Lettuce

Iceberg Lettuce

• Fennel

Radishes

Avoid:

Canned Vegetables

Non-Organic, Un-Rinsed Vegetables

Also avoid if autoimmune disease or nightshade sensitivity:

Potatoes

Tomatoes

• Peppers

• Garlic

Onions

Eggplant

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