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Joanna S
What if I eat celery and peanut butter...Is that Healthy?
It sounds so good but should I eat it?

wendy l
Health Benefits

Celery contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.

Rich in vitamin C

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. vitamin C-rich foods like Celery may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. As free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke, vitamin C is beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Potential Blood Pressure Benefits

Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners, and Western science researchers may have recently identified one reason why.

Celery contains active compounds called pthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate. With more space inside the arteries, the blood can flow at a lower pressure. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from Celery into laboratory animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Of course, injection of a Celery extract into laboratory animals is very far from food consumption by humans, and the researchers participating in this as yet unpublished study cautioned against overindulging in Celery until clinical trials could be conducted with food and humans. But the potential helpfulness of this already nourishing food in lowering blood pressure seems likely, and it doesn't hurt that Celery ranks as a very good source of Potassium and a good source of Calcium and Magnesium, because increased intake of these minerals has also been associated with reduced blood pressure.

Celery has a reputation among some persons as being a high-sodium vegetable, and blood pressure reduction is usually associated with low-sodium foods. So how do the benefits of phthalides compare with the risks of sodium in Celery? There are approximately 100 milligrams of sodium in a full cup of chopped Celery—that's about 2 stalk's worth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Daily Value for sodium intake is 2,400 milligrams, the equivalent of about 24 cups, or 48 stalks of Celery. Since two stalks of Celery only provide about 4% of the sodium DV, most individuals would be able to include 2 or even more stalks of Celery in a day's diet while keeping their total sodium intake below the DV by sticking with other low-sodium foods. The exact amount of Celery needed to achieve the blood pressure lowering effects found in animals cannot be determined until clinical trials are conducted on humans using the food itself.

Cholesterol-lowering Benefits

In studies of animals specially bred to have high cholesterol, Celery's cholesterol-lowering activity has been demonstrated. In eight weeks, aqueous solutions of Celery (like Celery juice) fed to specially bred high cholesterol animals significantly lowered their total cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.

Diuretic Activity

The seeds of Celery's wild ancestors, which originated around the Mediterranean, were widely used as a diuretic. Today, we understand how Celery, which is rich in both Potassium and sodium, the minerals most important for regulating fluid balance, stimulates urine production, thus helping to rid the body of excess fluid.

Promote Optimal Health

Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, immune defenders that target and eliminate potentially harmful cells, including cancer cells. In addition, compounds in Celery called acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.


Celery is a biennial vegetable (meaning it has a normal life cycle of two years) that belongs to the Umbelliferae family, whose other members include carrots, Fennel, Parsley and dill. While most people associate Celery with its prized stalks, its leaves, roots and seeds are also used as a food and seasoning as well as a natural medicinal remedy.

Celery grows to a height of 12 to 16 inches and is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape and joined at a common base. The stalks have a crunchy texture and a delicate, but mildly salty, taste. The stalks in the center are called the heart and are the most tender. In the United States, we are used to Celery appearing in different shades of green, but in Europe they also enjoy a variety that is white in color. Like white Asparagus, this type of Celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, so the production of its Chlorophyll content, and hence its green color, are inhibited.


The Celery that we know today was derived from wild Celery. While thought to have its origins in the Mediterranean regions of northern Africa and southern Europe, it was also native to areas extending east to the Himalayas. Wild Celery differed a bit from its modern day counterpart in that it featured less stalks and more leaves.

Celery has a long and prestigious history of use, first as a medicine and then later as a food. The initial mention of the medicinal properties of Celery leaves dates back to the 9th century B.C., when Celery made an appearance in the Odyssey, the famous epic by the Greek poet, Homer. The Ancient Greeks used the leaves as laurels to decorate their renowned athletes, while the ancient Romans used it as a seasoning, a tradition that has carried through the centuries.

It was not until the Middle Ages that Celery's use expanded beyond medicine and seasoning into consideration as a food. And while today, for most people thoughts of Celery conjure up images of dips and crudité platters, eating this delicious crunchy vegetable raw did not really become popular until the 18th century in Europe. Celery was introduced in the United States early in the 19th century.

How to Select and Store

Choose Celery that looks crisp and snaps easily when pulled apart. It should be relatively tight and compact and not have stalks that splay out. The leaves should be pale to bright green in color and free from yellow or brown patches. Sometimes Celery can have a condition called "blackheart," which is caused by insects. To check for damage, separate the stalks and look for brown or black discoloration. In addition, evaluate the Celery to ensure that it does not have a seedstem—the presence of a round stem in the place of the smaller tender stalks that should reside in the center of the Celery. Celery with seedstems are often more bitter in flavor.

To store Celery, place it in a sealed container or wrap it in a plastic bag or damp cloth and store it in the refrigerator. If you are storing cut or peeled Celery, ensure that it is dry and free from water residue, as this can drain some of its nutrients. Freezing will make Celery wilt and should be avoided unless you will be using it in a future cooked recipe.

How to Enjoy

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Tips for preparing Celery:
To clean Celery, cut off the base and leaves, then wash the leaves and stalks under running water. Cut the stalks into pieces of desired length. If the outside of the Celery stalk has fibrous strings, remove them by making a thin cut into one end of the stalk and peeling away the fibers. Be sure to use the leaves—they contain the most vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium—but use them within a day or two as they do not store very well.

Celery should not be kept at room temperature for too long since, because of its high water content, it has a tendency to wilt quickly. If you have Celery that has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and place it in the refrigerator for several hours where it will regain its crispness.

A few quick serving ideas:
Add chopped Celery to your favorite tuna fish or chicken salad recipe.

Enjoy the delicious tradition of eating peanut butter on Celery stalks.

Use Celery leaves in salads.

Braise chopped Celery, radicchio and onions and serve topped with walnuts and your favorite soft cheese.

Next time you are making fresh squeezed carrot juice give it a unique taste dimension by adding some Celery to it.

Add Celery leaves and sliced Celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir fries.

Peanut butter isn't that healthy.

i heard a rumor that it will kill you if you are alergic to peanuts and even faster if you're alergic to peanuts and Celery. I also heard that if the atoms mix and then split by the gastric acid in your belly nuclear fission will occur and cause an explosion the size of around 100 pounds of TNT depending on how much u eat.

sure it's healthy. It would be better if you got low fat peanut butter, but even regular peanut butter is giving you great protein!

Peanut butter has protein and Celery has little calories... I think it's a yummy combination. Oh, and you can top it off with raisins, ants on a log! I also like apples and bananas with peanut butter.

Amanda S
Peanut butter is great in moderation. Be sure to buy the natural peanut butter - not regular Jif or Skippy with the hydrogenated oils.

Man I'm Pretty.
oh that is soooo healthy and it taste good too i love it because peanut butter is good for you and Celery is good for u so yeah it is good for you.

Cogito ergo sum
I've loved that combination for as long as I can remember. Put a few stalks with cream cheese on a plate alongside a few others with super crunchy peanut butter. Outstanding.

The jar of peanut butter will probably announce proudly something to this effect: "0 grams of trans fat per serving." If a serving consists of one tablespoonful with less than a half gram of trans fat in that tablespoonful (say, each tablespoonful contains a quarter-gram), the manufacturer can legally say what I just quoted, even though the jar may contain 100 tablespoonfuls of peanut butter, each with one-quarter gram of trans fat, so that the entire jar actually contains 25 grams of trans fat while the label says, brazenly and deliberately misleadingly, "0 grams of trans fat per serving."

The solution is to go to a supermarket, such as Treasure Island in Chicago, that grinds its own peanuts into peanut butter, adds nothing to it, and packages it in a clear plastic tub for sale to its customers. Pure peanut butter. Nothing added.

I heard it is very good for u. It's a healthy snack w/ low calories and the peaunut butter fills u up!

you can't have tons, 'cause pb is high in calories, but it's also packed with fiber and protein. go for it! yummy...

sure, why not? put some raisins on it and have ants on a log. ;)

yess! just don't overdo it on the peanut butter, if you can't taste the Celery you've gone too far lol!!

yes vegetables and protien very good!
try a light peanut butter to cutr back on calories but still get the nutrients

Celery is very good for you. You actually lose calories when you eat it because it takes more energy to eat Celery than the number of calories in Celery. Peanut butter is incredibly unhealthy. I personnally don't like Celery without peanut butter, even though the peanut butter cancels out all the good of the Celery. If you can't eat Celery without peanut butter, either get some healthier peanut butter (like lite or low fat or something) or find a new snack.

Jerrry H
Its not that healthy but you won't be as constipated as you would be if you ate only the peanut butter. :) Everthing in moderation my dear!

yeah that is very healthy!! its a good snack!

Absolutely.. very good for you!

yes veggies n protien

moe h
sure its great!

it is good and good for you as well! Celery is considered a crunchy vegetable and crunchy vegetables are considered zero calorie foods because it takes just as much or more calories to digest them as they actually contain themselves. peanut butter is very good for you too as long as your getting the all natural kind. peanuts contain healthy fats and also contain ingredients to help your body build lean strong muscle.

Kelsey (TEAM JACOB!)

I call it " Ants on a log!!!" Cut pieces of Celery with peanut butter on top and sprinkle a few raisains or chocolate chips on top. Celery has hardly any calries at all and you can always buy a low-fat peanut butter. Skippy ( Natural) is really good too. Good Luck and enjoy your snack!!!! LOL...

: P Kelsey ( the smiley is sticking his tounge out!!)

the Celery is good for you of course, and peanut butter is good for you if you don't have too much of it. PB is high in protein, but also has a lot of fat. So if you keep the PB down to a minimum, it is definitley a healthy snack.

chris f
yes, you can add raisins to it and it's called ants on a log!!!!
piminto cheese is also good on it, and dipped in ranch dressing

Also, if you really want info on a healthy diet/foods, you can go here:
and find the cal/fat/rpotein make up of most foods!
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