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33 little known facts about an unsung superfood: Celery

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Celery is one of those vegetables Mom used to pack in your lunch because it was so bland it almost didn’t seem like a vegetable, but there’s actually plenty to get excited about this common food, as Diane Herrington at Care2 points out.

We can’t guarantee it’s quite as healthy standing in a Bloody Mary or covered in peanut butter, but, hey, at least you’re trying!

1. Celery has blood pressure reducing properties. It contains active phthalides, which relax the muscles of the arteries that regulate blood pressure so the vessels dilate. Phthalides also reduce stress hormones, which can cause blood vessels to constrict.

2. The fiber is very good for weight loss.

3. Celery is purported to be a negative calorie food, which means it takes the body more calories to digest it than the food itself contains. While this is not strictly accurate, a single stalk of celery still has only a few calories due to being full of cellulose. The addition of celery to your diet will help you tremendously with your weight loss efforts. I consider it so important to weight loss that it is an element in my Weight Loss Boot Camp.

Full story at Care2.

Some crunchy facts to chew on.

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