When you think about the most delicious vegetables, what comes to mind? Kale and spinach are at the top of everyone's superfood list, carrots are always a crowdpleaser, and cruciforms like broccoli and cauliflower have the benefit of being able to be prepared in a variety of tasty ways.
But where in the conversation will you find the most underrated of vegetable, the divisive stalk of green goodness that most people eat because they have to, not because they want to? That's right, we're talking about celery — and it's about time that someone started defending its honor.
Celery is not only delicious, easy to snack on, and a great crunchy replacement for less healthy chips and pretzels — it's also loaded with nutrients and vitamins that you never knew you really needed. Add to that a few surprising facts about this underrated veggie (which you can read below), and you basically have no excuse NOT to be eating it. In other words: The time of celery is officially upon us.
The thing about celery is, it gets a bad rap.
Normally, this vegetable is thought to simply be a conveyance for other, far more delicious things: Blue cheese, dip, peanut butter, etc.
However, we refuse to accept these trumped-up charges.
Celery is the best, and it’s got great health benefits, too.
For starters, check out this nutrition chart.
Vitamin K is one of those vital nutrients that’s often overlooked when you’re paying attention to your diet, and celery has a boatload of it in every bite.
Then there's the matter of the vitamin A.
Celery has tons of vitamin A, which helps bloating, lowers your blood pressure, and detoxes your entire body. Most importantly, it helps you maintain excellent vision.
Plus, celery is insanely good for your bones.
Reading this chart, you simply can’t argue with these bone-related perks. 10/10 skeletons would agree.
Then there's the lesser-known, but equally as important facts about celery — like the fact that it can enhance your sexual performance.
For men, celery can enhance the ability to get an erection, improving the quality of your sperm, and keeping your prostate healthy. Also, after having sex or working out, celery works like a natural energy drink: It has tons of water, and that combined with the vitamins mean you can eat it to restore your body’s natural balance.
Additionally, it helps stop cells from mutating.
One compound in celery protects against free radicals and cell mutation. So what does that mean? Well, for starters, it can be instrumental in protecting against things like cancer.
So even on its own, celery is incredibly healthy — and we also find it to be incredibly delicious.
Then again, we won’t blame you if you prepare it like this, because this is pretty damn good, too.
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