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How Many Calories Are In Celery?

We are what we eat as the famous saying goes. A number of people want to know how many calories are in celery just like many other foods seen as miracle workers for weight loss.

Today we will examine the myth that this crispy and crunchy vegetable is a negative calorie food along with a look at its nutritional value and other health-related facts.

An Introduction To Celery

An Introduction To Celery

We are often asked about the best vegetables to grow organically at home. In an ideal world the answer would be all of them! There really is a very strong argument, though, for growing trench celery.

The two principal types of celery are trench and self-blanching.

Blanching is when you block the sunlight so that the stalks whiten.

With the self-blanching kind there are two varieties, the Standard (which have naturally creamy or golden stems) and the American green sort which truly needs no blanching at all.

Trench celery requires more commitment and is more problematic to grow but repays the effort with a superior taste.

When is celery in season then? Well, it is tricky to bring on as mentioned but the great news is that it can be grown from September to April so you can enjoy it for a substantial part of the year.

What Is The Nutritional Value Of Celery?

Most people think of celery as being extremely good for dieting but how many calories are in celery?

You might well have heard people claim that this incredibly healthy veg has negative calories. Put simply, this would mean that the act of eating it burns off more calories than are absorbed by the body after eating it.

There is no escaping the fact that celery is an extremely low-calorie option if you are watching your waistline, but this assertion of it having negative calories is simply untrue.

Each medium-sized stalk has around 6 calories. To put that into perspective, an adult male requires 2500 calories a day. Each stalk has about 1 gram of carbohydrates in total, 0.6 grams of which are fiber. Fiber is not properly digested or absorbed by the body.

The very slender number of calories in the form of fat, sugar and protein are made use of by the body, though. To give you an indication of how much sugar is in celery, it’s only 0.7 g in that same medium stalk.

The body uses about 1 calorie eating and digesting the stalk so, clearly, it’s ideal if you are on a diet but the urban myth about negative calories is just that: a myth.

How much potassium is in celery

Calories are only one part of a healthy eating plan. The nutrients are also important.

How much potassium is in celery, for instance?

Potassium is responsible for several crucial functions in the body. It works along with minerals like calcium and sodium to stabilize the fluid levels. This helps with everything from muscle contraction to keeping your heart thumping properly.

You’ll get over 100 mg of potassium in a single stalk which is wonderful news for your system.

Celery is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin K.

Juicing Celery

what are the health benefits of celery juice

Juicing is growing in popularity. So what are the health benefits of celery juice in particular?

Blitzing up some celery in your juicer can lower your risk of cancer, protect your cardiovascular system, help to enhance your skin and prevent inflammation or disease. It can be beneficial if you are stressed and can even aid sleep.

Some Quick Ideas For Using Celery

What are some other ways in which we can make use of this superfood?

  • Chop finely and add to chicken salad or tuna
  • Use leaves in salad
  • Smear stalks with peanut butter and eat raw
  • Add some celery to carrot juice for a tasty mixture
  • Throw into soups, stews, casseroles or stir-fries

Where Can I Buy Celery Seeds?

Where Can I Buy Celery Seeds

A few recipes, coleslaw in particular, call for celery seeds. We all understand that celery comes from seeds but what is celery seed itself?

Most of the seed which is commercially available to be used as a spice does not actually come from the celery that we eat but from a very close relative.

The miniature oblong seeds are light brown and can really pack quite a punch. The taste is like a highly concentrated celery in its regular form. It’s grassy and earthy with a somewhat bitter edge to it.

Celery seed is often chosen because you can enjoy all the flavor of celery itself without needing to chop up mounds of it for your dish.

With a wonderful texture rather like poppy seeds, it makes a fine addition to salad dressings as well as coleslaw.

A Few Pointers About Growing Celery

You should be aware that from the outset celery needs treating with care. It’s an extremely tender plant which cannot just be sown straight into the soil.

When the seeds are sown it’s a smart idea to germinate them on a heated mat. They should be thinly broadcast into seed trays and transplanted into 2 inch plugs once germinated.

They ought to be grown under cover until the weather is warmer and then hardened off outside for a week or two.

Celery is a very hungry crop so the ability of the ground to hold water will affect the success of your harvest. With all plants, some knowledge of its native habitat helps to determine how you should most suitably grow it. Celery occurs in Asia and Europe in boggy, marshy ground. Use any organic material to replicate these conditions and it should flourish.

One particular nuisance when cultivating celery is the slug. Pay close attention to your crop! Others pests such as carrot fly and celery leaf miner can also be a menace. Celery leaf spot is the other common health issue faced.

Conclusion

Set aside the fallacy that celery is a negative calorie food and focus on the fact that it’s extremely nutritious and very low in calories.

Take your time to research the best type to grow – we still say stick with the trench celery – and you can enjoy all the health benefits with that fantastic, distinctive taste alongside the added bonus of picking it fresh from your very own garden.

Enjoy!

Dianne T. Lampe
 

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