The new fad has celery stalks flying off the shelves.
Recently, a number of celebrities have boasted of their great health on Instagram. Celery juice, they claim, is making them feel “better than ever.” With the endorsement, the new trend has resulted in stalks of celery flying off the shelves—even causing celery shortages in some areas.
The exact trend recommends drinking plain celery juice on an empty stomach each morning for breakfast. Those who follow this regimen call the pungent green juice a “superfood” that can cure all ailments.
If your hogwash detector is going off, you’re probably on to something. Like many fad diets, there’s zero scientific evidence showing the effectiveness of the celery juice trend. (Here are some surprisingly important takeaways from fad diets.)
Celery juice does offer some benefits. It has much less sugar than other juices (especially fruit like apple juice or orange juice). Celery also offers great nutrients, like potassium and vitamin A (and many Americans don’t consume the recommended amount of potassium).
That said, no single food can “cure” diseases or health problems. The health claims made on social media are anecdotal and lacking in scientific evidence. Of course, swapping out a sugary morning mocha for celery juice *will* likely make you feel better than usual.
Plus, the celery juice fad makes the same mistake of all the juice trends that have come before it: Juices can be vitamin-rich and hydrating, but they’re completely void of fiber, healthy fats, and protein. In other words, they’re not going to sustain you through the morning.
What’s more, your “healthy” drink might backfire in the long run if you feel ravenous at dinner time. The restrictive regimen may also lead to cycles of rigid dieting and extreme cravings, which is likely to result in yo-yo dieting.
Another problem with the celery juice trend is the reliance on a single ingredient. Different produce offers different nutrients, which is why experts recommend eating a “rainbow” of foods to ensure you’re getting the whole range of vitamins and minerals. Instead of loading up your grocery cart with several stalks of celery, choose a variety of fresh fruits and veggies.
Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons to rethink a juice cleanse.
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