Celery Juice: To eat or to juice? That is the question.
Let us guess: One of the first things that your slightly sceptical mates said when you told them you were juicing celery was: what’s wrong with just eating celery?
Are we right or are we right?
After all, the idea of dunking a stick of celery into a jar of peanut butter or hummus is much more appealing than drinking 500ml of straight up juice - we can’t argue with you there. But the consensus is firm that drinking the juice, and only the juice, is the only way to turn into a magical unicorn, clear up your digestion issues, clear your skin and give you the energy to rival the Duracell bunny. You’ll know if you’ve read any of the other blogs that we love a bit of humour - but in all seriousness, the reported benefits of celery juice are tumultuous and we discuss them in much more detail in this recent post, so go check that out if you wanna be a unicorn like us.
Going back to your disbelieving friend that’s keen to get their teeth involved rather than their juicer, let’s have a look at the facts:
The obvious truth
The obvious truth is this: There are no chemical or nutritional changes between a stick of celery and the juice of that same stick. Nothing is lost or gained by running your celery through the juicer. Say you usually juice 6 big stalks every morning, well, if you ate those same 6 stalks then you would ingest the same amount of vitamins, minerals and water.
Fibre. Juicing celery strips away the beneficial fibre that helps you feel full, improves intestinal health and feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. Our gut microbes need lots of different types of fibre to prosper and deliver us all the myriad health benefits that they do when they’re in good health, so, you might want to eat some celery as well as juice it as it’s a valuable source of fuel for these bugs. “A report by the WHO nutritional review, which includes 185 studies and 58 clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years, found that eating at least 25g to 29g of fibre per day was linked to a 15 to 30 per cent reduction in rates of life-threatening cancers, strokes and heart disease” - something to consider if you think your diet could do with a fibre boost!
If the health benefits of celery are to be believed, and certainly the evidence that’s emerging so far is incredibly positive (celery’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been the focus of some relevant studies, check our recent post for more info), then juicing it is a good idea as it means you can consume vastly more nutrients from celery than you would be able to physically eat. Fibre makes us feel full (which is why celery is such good food for weight loss), and we’d be pretty surprised if anyone could happily, and willingly, eat an entire bunch of celery in one sitting.
A glass of celery juice contains the following important nutrients:
Vitamins A, K and C
Potassium and Sodium
In particular, the minerals potassium and sodium are the electrolytes responsible for hydration, making celery juice an excellent way to wake up in the morning after 8 hours of sleep with no water.
So, the bottom line is this: If you want to give the celery juice trend a go in the hope that it will help heal chronic symptoms like it’s doing for so many*, then juicing it is a great idea. If you’re just keen to up your fibre intake and get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals along the way then pass the hummus and away you go!
*You need only take to Instagram to see the incredible benefits it’s supposedly having. But please bear in mind that this is anecdotal, and not scientific evidence.