Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Celery - More Than Just a Pretty Face

Apparently in the nutrition department, celery kicks fanny!  I always figured celery was a diet food that consisted of string and water.  Turns out the green menace is crammed with nutritiony goodness. First of all, you get a burst of silicon and phenolic acids.  These two powerhouses build bones and fight cancer.  Then a study in Nashville found that if patients ate 4 celery sticks a day they enjoyed a small decrease in blood pressure.  My source didn't define 'stick'.  I think if they meant 'stalk' they would have said 'stalk', so a stick must be smaller than that.  Whew.  Chew away.

Source:  Men's Health Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p84-85, as accessed through EBSCOhost.
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