Celery . . . the most underrated veggie

If you asked a random person on the street if celery had any REAL nutritional value, the answer would probably be no.

Most people assume that celery, which is made of about 95% water, is a good crunchy filler for weight loss diets and a simple low-cal vehicle for their favorite peanut butter.

And that’s about it. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are a few amazing facts about celery you are probably not aware of:

– Three medium stalks of celery have about the same amount of potassium (325mg) as a small banana. We kid you not! This may help explain why celery should be part of any blood pressure lowering plan (hint: potassium helps regulate blood pressure).

Celery actually makes a wonderful electrolyte replacement post exercise. That’s because in addition to its high water and potassium content, it also contains small amounts of natural sodium (about 96mg in 3 stalks).

Celery contains compounds that repel cancer cells. Repel! They are known as apigenin and luteolin, both of which help block something called angiogenesis, the process by which tumors form new blood vessels.

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