If you have noticed an increasing number of social media influencers and celebrities drinking celery juice lately, you are not imagining it. The green-colored drink has been enjoying some newfound popularity this year. But is it as healthy as it looks?
Looking at the nutritional profile of celery, the H2O content is one of the most striking aspects. Water makes up almost 95 percent of the vegetable, so we know for a fact that it can be extremely hydrating and low in calories.
So the celery juice craze makes sense for people who are looking for an alternative to chugging down coffee in the morning. One recent study also recommended hydrating more than usual after a night of poor sleep.
Being a vegetable juice also meant the beverage was naturally low in sugar content, unlike fruit juice. However, as in the case of both fruits and vegetables, juicing eliminates the fiber content of celery.
“I always recommend clients eat veggies instead of juicing them because the fiber is important for weight loss, blood sugar regulation, and the feelings of satiety,” said registered dietitian Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition.
The benefit you get from juicing is a higher concentration of nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin A, fiber, folate, and potassium. You will need a bunch of celery — which is around eight medium ribbed stalks — to make over a cup of juice.
Shapiro noted how the juice was rich in nitrates and had anti-inflammatory properties, which translated to potential benefits like lower blood pressure and better immunity.
Now, what was the bottom line? According to experts, you can definitely give the beverage a try and see if it makes a positive difference after a month or so. Nutrition aside, the taste may also take some time to get used to.
But as much as buzzwords like “superfoods” are thrown around, you should not depend on a single vegetable or drink to magically boost your health all by itself. It will make no difference unless you follow a balanced diet along with a healthy lifestyle overall.
Another reason to take the juice on a “test drive” is to make sure you do not suffer any allergic reactions or side effects due to a health condition you have or a medication you may be taking. At the moment, there was not enough human research on celery juice to establish clear recommendations.
“We don’t have a robust picture of its benefits like we do for something like say, avocado or extra virgin olive oil,” said Cynthia Sass, a performance dietitian based in New York City and Los Angeles. “This also means we don’t know the optimal amount or frequency to consume, the potential risks for certain people, and possible interactions with medications and supplements.”