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Fiber, Folate, and 3 More Healthy Celery Benefits

These ultra-crunchy veggies are overflowing with water, micronutrients, gut-healthy fiber, and more.

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Traditionally, celery has been associated with ants on a log, mirepoix soup starters, or vehicles for hummus and other dips. It’s the perfect crunchy crudités addition, crispy salad embellishment, or tender chicken soup ingredient.

There’s no doubt that celery is good for you, but can a vegetable so mild and unassuming actually pack that much of a nutritional punch? We spoke to a registered dietitian nutritionist, who definitely thinks celery has a lot to offer, starting with these seven reasons to eat (or drink) more of it.

Related: How to Store Celery So It's Always Crunchy

Health Benefits of Celery

Celery is made up of mostly water, so it’s very hydrating.

In addition to making sure you’re getting enough nutrients, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids every day. The general recommendation is to drink

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Can Skipping Meals Benefit Your Body and Mind? Here’s What Science Says About Intermittent Fasting

The concept of intermittent fasting may seem scary at first. Going many hours without food? Not even a snack to tide you over? Whether you refer to it as time-restricted eating or IF, the practice of going for a block of time without sustenance — and doing that on a consistent basis for at least a few weeks — has inspired numerous researchers to investigate one big question: Does it really improve your health?

According to a number of studies, the answer seems to be yes. Although more research is needed to pin down all the physiological mechanisms that make this strategy beneficial, we’ve got a sampling of what researchers have discovered so far. Keep reading to discover the five potential benefits of intermittent fasting.

1. It May Help You Live Longer

Restrict your eating, lengthen your life? The evidence for the fountain-of-youth effect is promising. Researcher Mark Mattson, PhD

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