Eating celery burns twice the calories it contains! Eating celery burned 72 calories whilst drinking the smoothie burned 112 calories.
Veggies and weight conscious dieters have long suspected that celery contributed to weight- loss. Now a new study proves that arthritis fighting celery has super weight loss powers and is in fact “calorie negative”.
The astonishing results were revealed as researchers from the Universities of Coventry and Warwick performed the first ever test to find out if calorie negative foods exist.
To test the theory Channel 4’s Matt Tebbutt was placed in a metabolic ‘calorie chamber’ for 12 hours on the upcoming Food Unwrapped show.
Whilst inside the calorie counting machine Matt was fed 326 grams of raw celery and a celery smoothie, both containing 53 calories.
The results showed that Matt burned more calories than the celery stick provided. More startlingly, Matt burned twice the amount of calories provided when drinking the celery Juice.
This proves dieters were right all along, and calorie negative foods do indeed exist.
Many of you won’t be surprised by this revelation, but it is always nice to see science prove long held notions and reinforce the fact that many of our “old wives tales” actually have truth in them.
Our historical knowledge is powerful, and science often makes us forget that.
The results were as follows…..
329 grams of stick celery:
Calories consumed 53
Calories burned 72
Negative calorie count -19 cals
Equivalent (329 g) celery smoothie:
53 grams consumed
112 calories burned
Negative calorie count -59 cals
The results are clear
Drinking arthritis fighting celery juice uses twice as many calories as it provides!
That may sound confusing but the negative number is a good thing for anyone looking to lose weight.
Dr Tom Barber, of Warwick, said: ‘If you liquidise that celery, that breaks down all that fibre and you release the nutrients which gives the liver more work to do.
‘You would expect to lose weight. This is, in other words, negative calorie food.’
Why is this good news for arthritis patients?
Losing weight is a must if you have arthritis. The benefits on the knees and skeletal system cannot be underestimated, but there are also another hidden benefit.
Some of these are discussed in my earlier celery juice post. where I discuss luteolin and other anti-inflammatory compounds in celery.
The great news is that celery contains a host of anti inflammatory compounds proven to stop inflammation fast.
In fact, arthritis fighting celery and its seeds contain 26 anti inflammatory compounds!
Arthritis fighting celery benefits
Improve blood pressure
Lower cholesterol levels
Prevent heart disease
- Prevents ulcers
- Helps anxiety and insomnia
- Natural aphrodisiac for men
Other arthritis foods thought to be calorie negative
Celery anti-inflammatory benefits
Because it contains polyacetylene and luteolin, two unique chemicals, celery is a powerhouse when it comes to reducing inflammation.
It has been demonstrated that luteolin, a powerful bioflavonoid, can suppress the activities of specific enzymes that are responsible for activating genes that are involved in the inflammatory response. According to the findings of a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition, brain cells that were given exposure to this plant flavonoid exhibited a significant reduction in their inflammatory response. Luteolin inhibits the production of a critical cytokine in the inflammatory pathway by an incredible ninetieth of the normal amount.
As a powerful antioxidant, luteolin is beneficial in the battle against free radical damage and in the reduction of oxidative DNA damage caused by inflammation. Polyacetylene is widely regarded as one of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents because of its ability to reduce the number of inflammatory tissues that are present in the body.
As a result, consuming celery juice helps alleviate the symptoms of a variety of debilitating diseases, including arthritis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and gout, among others.
TIP: Since celery is on the list of the “dirty dozen,” which indicates that it is heavily sprayed with chemicals and pesticides, I strongly advise you to purchase organic celery whenever you have the option.
Celery Strengthens The Bones
Bone health is a critical issue as we age. A variety of factors can impact bones, from heredity to lifestyle choices. Recent studies suggest that celery juice may improve bone health and strengthen bones.
Celery is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium – all minerals necessary for strong bones. Celery juice also contains phytochemicals that have been shown to promote bone health. One such phytochemical is luteolin, which has been found to reduce inflammation and protect against bone loss.
Additionally, celery juice is alkaline, which can help to neutralize the acids that can contribute to bone loss. Celery juice is also a rich source of antioxidants, which can help to protect bones from free radical damage.
Overall, celery juice appears to be a beneficial addition to any diet for those interested in maintaining healthy bones.
Celery Juice Heals The Gut
When celery is juiced, the fibres in the vegetable release a variety of unique nutrients that are beneficial to the body. This includes vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to support the body in a number of ways. One of these ways is by helping to heal the gut.
Celery juice is packed with nutrients that can help to repair the lining of the gut, which is often damaged by inflammation. This can lead to a variety of problems, including digestive issues, food sensitivities, and even autoimmune disease.
Drinking celery juice regularly can help to heal the gut and improve the overall health in arthritis and many other conditions.
Celery juice is perfect for anyone with IBS, Crohn’s, colon cancer, or any other gut related issue.
Celery juice is also great for people with autoimmune diseases. This is because it helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Autoimmune diseases are often caused by inflammation in the gut. By drinking celery juice, you can help to reduce this inflammation and improve your overall health.
Huge natural sodium benefits of celery
Celery contains an extraordinarily high percentage of natural sodium, which can significantly improve your body’s ability to digest and make use of the other foods you consume throughout the day.
Sodium is an essential mineral for gut health, and it helps to keep the digestive system functioning properly. Without adequate sodium, the gut cannot absorb nutrients properly or eliminate waste effectively. This can lead to a variety of problems, including indigestion, constipation, and even diarrhea.
Celery and its role in Fermentation
Celery contains enzymes that act to increase the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which allows for easier digestion of food and prevents it from fermenting.
Fermentation in the gut can lead to gas, bloating, and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms.
Celery is also a good source of soluble fiber, which helps to keep the digestive system regular.
Soluble fiber helps to bulk up stool and keeps things moving through the gut at a healthy pace. This can help to prevent constipation and other digestive issues.
The nutrients in celery help to flush out toxins and excess water from the body, which can help to reduce bloating and promote weight loss.
Celery is great in salads or as part of a healthy snack. What many people don’t know is that celery is also a great source of coumarins. Coumarins are a compound that has been shown to promote the activity of white blood cells and assist the vascular system. This makes celery a great choice for anyone looking for ways to improve their overall health!
Arthritis fighting celery really is an anti inflammatory wonder food for anyone with arthritis. Whether you’re looking to cut inflammation, lose weight or clear the brain fog, you can’t go wrong with adding arthritis fighting celery juice to your daily regime.
I know not everyone likes the taste but it’s worth the effort and is all natural. Nature really did provide with this anti-inflammatory wonder.