from the ancient Greek serino) has been cultivated for
thousands of years. Both celery stalks and the variety cultivated for
its root have health benefits.
Celeriac is the
winter root variety of celery, sometimes called celery root. Peel off
the skin and cook as a hot vegetable or have as a French salad.
Celeriac is a
good source of potassium. When eaten raw it contains vitamin C as
well as soluble fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol.
Celery is low in
calories. A 100g stalk contains only 7 calories. Like celeriac, it is
also a good source of potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood
pressure. Celery assists efficient functioning of the kidneys,
hastening the excretion of wastes.
Studies at the
University of Chicago Medical Centre suggested that celery can treat
hypertension. It contains a compound (3 n-butyl phthalide) which acts
as a sedative and lowers blood pressure.
an anti-inflammatory agent which can help to alleviate gout – the
build up of uric acid crystals in the joints. Sufferers can drink
Celery is about
95 percent water. This can make it a good way to maintain hydration.
may help lower cholesterol levels because it picks up excess
compounds in your gut and pushes them out in the elimination
Nutritional Value per 100g
67kJ (16 kcal)
– Dietary fibre 1.6g, Sugars 1.34g
- Fat –
- Protein –
– Riboflavin 0.057 mg, Vitamin B6 0.074 mg, Vitamin B9 36 μg,
Vitamin K 29.3 μg
- Minerals – Calcium 40 mg, Iron 0.20 mg, Potassium 260 mg