So Is Celery Juice A Miracle Cure Or Just Another Drink?
Everyone in the world seems to be drinking celery juice. But are we being duped?
You only have to look on Instagram to see green glasses these days, with people all over the world singing the praises of celery juice, talked up by some so much it's said to assist with minor ailments like bloating and tiredness and major health conditions like autism, ADHD and even pancreatic cancer.
What a lovely little miracle worker.
Or is it?
While celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell sing its praises, health experts warn not to get too excited about the claims.
Dietician Chloe McLeod says 'The juice is an easy way to up your veggie intake and hit the five serves of veggies per day, it's low calorie and a great source of vitamin K, folate, molybdenum, manganese and pantothenic acid and celery is 95 percent water, so having a glass of celery juice can also help hydration -- but aside from that the claims are overstated." Also, she added, "Celery is rich in the Fodmap mannitol, so may cause gut upset for some people."
Clinical nutritionist Rebecca Miller from Health with Bec agreed that claims made about the veg are a little, well, inflated.
"It has benefits for sure even though the science isn’t there. I have absolutely no doubt it offers benefits as so many people are reporting it, but it would have to be in the context of a well balanced diet full of lots of other vegetables too. We wouldn’t want people to just think they can cure whatever it is they have by having a glass of celery juice a day and not looking at the rest of their diet."
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According to Health and Wellness coach Kirsten Scott, it's what celery does to the gut that's important. It's claimed to be a powerful source of antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory food which heals the gut, but, she told 10 daily. "Fruits and vegetables are powerful sources of antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties, this isn’t new nor is it special to celery."
As for claims it detoxifies -- well, she's not convinced.
"Celery is high FODMAP. The recommendation for juicing celery is one bunch, that's about 10-15 stalks, so we are talking really high FODMAP. FODMAPs draw water into the bowel and are fermented by bacteria in the large intestine and it is this combination of fermentation and water drawn into the bowel that can result in bloating or multiple (potentially urgent) trips to the toilet. This is not as a result of detoxification of the liver or any other crazy claims, it is simply that celery is high FODMAP and this is what FODMAPs will do in the gut of many."
Not that it's all bad.
"There’s nothing wrong with celery juice and it’s way better than starting your day with a pastry and Diet Coke," said Scott. "But drinking celery juice every morning is NOT in fact going to cure all your problems. The real hero to impressive health is not a bitter, green juice; it’s a whole-foods diet chock full of vegetables, fruits, natural high quality fats and responsibly sourced protein!"
One group of people who are happy with what celery delivers though, is farmers. “We’ve got some friends in the States who are very large celery growers and since late last year they began to see a massive demand for their product. I think they’re very appreciative of the Kardashians right now,” Victorian celery farmer Chris Schreurs told The Mercury.
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