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Stick thin with zero carbs

Celery is a very versatile vegetable – and can be used in stews, soups, pies, salads, or just eaten on its own. Not only is it useful in cooking, but it’s good for you. Three sticks of celery equals one of the recommended five daily servings. Wild celery has been used by man for almost 3,000 years and was originally regarded as a medicine, not as food. Traditionally it was used in Asian medicine to treat high blood pressure. More recently studies have found that animals given celery extract (the equivalent of 4 stalks) had reductions in blood pressure of between 12-14% within a week. Celery provides useful amounts of vitamin C, potassium and folate, and some insoluble fibre. It is low in calories (one stalk contains just two calories) and virtually fat free. It is a great choice for slimmers because its high water and fibre content and crunchy texture gives it a high Satiety Value, which means it helps you feel full. And, zero carbs, so tuck in!

This item first appeared in the latest issue of the Desang Online Magazine (sing up for free on our home page).

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