When you want a snack, you probably grab potato chips, a cookie or a candy bar. But the snack food you should be reaching for is celery. I know, celery’s not cool. It’s the Milhouse Van Houten of the food world. And it probably brings back bad memories of your parents forcing you to eat it at the dinner table. But it turns out your super lame parents were onto something.
That green “crunchy water” contains a ton of health benefits, from helping you lose weight to boosting your immune system to injecting you with Super-Soldier Serum, granting you the same powers as Captain America! (Note: That last one isn’t true.) Also, celery’s pretty tasty, whether you’re chomping on a raw stalk, dipping it in peanut butter or blending it into a delicious smoothie.
Don’t believe me? This is happens to your body when you eat celery every day for a week.
1. Weight loss
Celery contains very few calories because it mostly consists of water. So, forget serving size – you can eat as much you want! It’s also a great source of fiber, which means it is very filling, and will curb your tendency to overeat. Afterward, you won’t still be hungry, and pig out on on ten Hot Pockets.
2. You stay hydrated
Since celery is 95% water, eating it can help prevent dehydration. If you’re an athlete, or do intense physical activities, you might want to put down that sports drink. Celery extract is an excellent source of electrolytes, and can replenish your energy level when your body is drained.
3. Fights inflammation
Celery has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and pain around the joints. So, if you suffer from arthritis, rheumatism or gout, eating this crunchy vegetable can provide some much needed relief. As a diuretic – thing that makes you pee! – celery eliminates uric acid accumulation in the joints. It can also help repair the inflamed tissue.
4. Improves cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL), aka “good cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), aka “bad cholesterol.” (You can tell it’s bad because it has an evil mustache.) Eating celery regularly reduces your level of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, because it is rich in the compound Pthalides, which stimulates the secretion of bile juices. Also, since celery is rich in fiber, it cleans the bloodstream of cholesterol like Drano!
5. Normalizes blood pressure
The phthalides in celery reduce stress hormones, which allow the blood vessels to expand. This allows the blood to circulate properly, which normalizes your blood pressure. It’s important to have a normal blood pressure, so you don’t suffer from atherosclerosis, stroke, or a heart attack. (However, it won’t help you with your broken heart. The only solution to that is to get back on Tinder.)
6. Boosts immune system
Celery is rich in Vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system. Did you see Black Panther? It’s like your body is the hidden country of Wacanda, and your immune system is the wall! Okay, maybe that metaphor doesn’t work. But thanks to Vitamin C, eating celery will help prevent flu, colds and various infections.
7. Creates a soothing effect
Celery is one of the best alkaline foods, which means it helps the nervous system function properly. So, if you’re having trouble focusing or falling asleep, celery might make you feel better. It contains magnesium, which creates a soothing effect, reducing stress and anxiety. Wiz Khalifa uses a different “green” to relax, but all you need is celery.
So next time you want a snack, don’t snap into a Slim Jim. Snap into some celery!