CELERY JUICE: is it worth the hype?

If you are somewhat connected on social media or follow trends, this health “craze” will not be a surprise to you, it has been everywhere. Whether you have seen celebrities rave about it or Youtubers post a 7-day challenge, celery juice has been the talk of 2019. However, is this food fad actually worth the hype?

Celery juice is said to enhance your energy for the day, decrease bloatedness, increase gut wellness, etc. Although celery is “nutrient-rich, containing fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, phosphorous, potassium and powerful antioxidants” (Lauren Colston, RDN, LD, Dietitian at BODYFIT Lexington), these effects of the juice itself could possibly be illusions and effects that drinkers are looking for and creating in their head. Celery itself is a great low-calorie/hydrating snack option, but juicing it can take away many of the benefits and is not the cure to all your health problems. In fact “when we juice fruits and vegetables the fiber can be lost in the process” (Lauren Colston), which is one of the most important parts.Therefore, turning to celery with some peanut butter or by itself, may be the better option.

Now do not get me wrong, you can still drink celery juice every day if you truly like the way it feels or taste, but just know that it might not cure all the things you were hoping for. If you are going to drink celery juice or juice period, make sure it is always the freshest it can be. The fresher it is, the more nutrients it will still contain. At the end of the day, a nice cup of celery juice might sound pleasing, but just know you are more likely to get better use out of your greens if they are a big part of your plate and everyday meals.

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