Celery: A clear-cut winner

This week in the Fruit and Vegetable series we will look at the vegetable/herb celery and celery leaves. Celery is one of the very low calorie herbal plants. Its leaves carry only 16 calories per one cup and contain a high amount of non-soluble fiber (roughage) which, when combined with other weight loss regimens may help reduce body weight and cholesterol levels.

An interesting tidbit about this vegetable is the many different vitamins and minerals it offers — a little bit of a lot for a good balance. Celery leaves are a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants such as zea-xanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene, which have anti-oxidant, cancer protective and immune-boosting functions. The leaves are also a good source of vitamin-A. One cup of fresh celery comprises 15 percent of the daily-required levels of this vitamin. Vitamin-A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and for night vision.

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