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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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Body and mind: Pursuit of heath leads to nutrition education

Twins Breanna and Bailee Chavez, first-generation college students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nutrition through the Department of Nutrition in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have been interested in health and wellness since sixth grade.

Breanna and Bailee Chavez with Karen Beathard, Ph.D., standing in front of Student Research Week banner
Breanna and Bailee Chavez with Karen Beathard, Ph.D., who oversees the RD Mentorship Program. (Texas a&M AgriLife photo)

“We’re both perfectionists and are serious about taking care of our bodies,” said Bailee. “But my real interest in proper nutrition started after I developed an eating disorder in seventh grade. That led me to being more passionate about nutrition. It also led me to adding a psychology minor.”

Bailee said she sees nutrition as a “holistic” endeavor involving both body and mind.

“It took both my mind and body to overcome my eating disorder, so with a major in nutrition and minor in psychology, I feel I will be able to help others

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On Nutrition: Letters from Indiana

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Last week we rewatched the old movie “Hoosiers,” which was filmed entirely in Indiana. According to one theory regarding the origin of the state’s nickname, when a visitor knocked on the door of a pioneer cabin in Indiana, the settler would respond, “Who’s yere?”

Here’s “yere” questions from readers in northwestern Indiana.

“As an old retired home economics teacher, I enjoy reading your column in The Times here in Valparaiso. This morning I was in my local food store, and I noticed whole beef filet mignons for sale. The label said ‘utility grade’ on it! How would you cook a utility grade whole filet? I thought that was almost dog food grade! I never saw this before. Ruth E.”

That’s new to me, too, Ruth. Beef is graded for quality by the U.S. Department of Agriculture based mostly on tenderness, juiciness

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