Celery has risen up the ranks of vegetable popularity dramatically this year, with the celery juice trend taking the world by storm. It has been hailed “life changing” by celebrities and wellness bloggers alike who have attributed their glowing complexions, weight loss and happiness to drinking large quantities of it daily. But can the humble celery stalk really deliver such dramatic improvements to one’s health?
The celery juice trend can be attributed to Anthony William, the “Medical Medium” with no medical qualifications, just a lifelong ‘knack’ for reading people’s health conditions and prescribing them a corresponding remedy. He swears by drinking 500ml of pure, unadulterated celery juice (equivalent to a whole bunch of celery) every morning on an empty stomach. He has been touting this practice for the past 20 years, and despite not being a medical or dietary professional of any kind, has written a New York Times best-seller on the topic declaring that celery juice has healed millions of people (It’s also worth noting that he sources much of his information from a spirit from the future….).
More broadly in the media, celery juice is emerging as an alleged cure of a long list of ailments ranging from simple digestion problems (bloating, gas and reflux) to skin problems (acne and dull skin) and even neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD) and autoimmune diseases.
Before you go wild in the vegetable aisle…
While it is undeniable that celery is high in a range of vitamins and minerals essential to good health (including vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, manganese, calcium and phosphorus), many other vegetables are also high in these vitamins. One vegetable cannot deliver it all, not even the almighty celery stalk (sorry, Anthony) and you should try to eat a range of coloured vegetables every day.
Another thing to consider is that celery is also quite high in FODMAPs, meaning it may exacerbate digestive problems in some people. By juicing the celery, a lot of beneficial dietary fibre is also removed, which seems counter-intuitive for those wanting to improve their gut health.
Consider the cost of buying seven bunches of celery a week along with the large investment in time and effort to juice and then clean the juicer every day, and the negatives may quickly outweigh the positives.
Is drinking celery juice bad for me?
Celery juice lovers rejoice, there is no evidence to suggest that this is a harmful trend to follow. If you are happy to invest the time and money into your daily dose, it is an effective way to up your daily vegetable intake.
But so is, you know, eating vegetables…