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Is Celery Bad For You?

Also Known As: Apium graveolens



Short answer

Celery is only bad for you if you have a celery allergy, in which case it should be avoided. However, celery contains a variety of nutrients that are very beneficial to your health, and should be included in your diet.



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Long answer

It is often overlooked in the produce aisle of the grocery store, but celery packs a healthy punch that should no longer be ignored. Being as versatile as it is (you can eat it in soups, salads, stir-fries, pasta dishes, and in cocktails!)-- and so long as you do not have a celery allergy, there is no excuse not to include it in your diet!

Celery is loaded with antioxidants including vitamin C, flavonoids, and phenolic nutrients. These help protect your cells, tissues, and organs from oxidative damage-- an overabundance of free radicals in the body that can lead to the development of illnesses such as cancer. The antioxidant content in celery also helps combat inflammation all throughout your body, thereby preventing inflammatory issues in the digestive tract, joint pain, and even acne. Due to the reduced inflammation and antioxidant support, celery also acts against the development of cardiovascular disease.

Perhaps the most well-known fact about celery is that it has a high water content. This means it is great for relieving constipation and for keeping you hydrated. Celery also contains about a third of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K, which plays a vital role in both bone health and blood clotting, as well as small amounts of many other nutrients that allow celery to lower your blood pressure, act as a diuretic, and reduce "bad" cholesterol. Finally, at only 16 calories per cup, it is a very low-calorie snack option for those looking to lose or manage their weight. One concern about celery is that it can cause itching and swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips and throat in individuals with a celery allergy, which is often associated with pollen allergy. In extreme cases, there have been reports of anaphylactic shock after its consumption. However, this is rare and so long as no symptoms have been noticed then celery is perfectly safe to eat, and should be eaten to gain all of its wonderful benefits.

Possible short-term side effects

  • itching and swelling of oral cavity
  • anaphylactic shock
  • worsening of diarrhea

Ingredients to be aware of

  • api g 2 allergen


  • keeps you hydrated
  • promotes regularity
  • prevents inflammation
  • may help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • lowers blood pressure
  • reduces bad cholesterol
  • acts as a diuretic

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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 01-27-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 01-27-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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