It can be noticed that ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started to wreak havoc on the world, many have tried to live and eat healthier in order to strengthen their immune systems.
This is actually a good thing, as it not only improves people’s way of living, but also helps our healthcare workers who have been bravely and tirelessly combatting COVID-19 for almost a year now. (Read: Nutrition Labels in Health Products: Here’s What You Need to Know)
One noticeable trend nowadays when it comes to healthy eating is drinking celery juice. Even celebrities like Kathryn Bernardo and Erich Gonzales have been seen drinking this green concoction. But what exactly is celery juice and why is everyone making and drinking glasses upon glasses of it? My Pope Philippines investigates!
Celery Juice for Hydration
According to wellness gurus and people who drink it themselves, celery juice gives you a boost of hydration and helps you get clearer skin. Some have also said that it had reduced their bloating when they drank a certain amount of the drink.
“In the last year, I’ve been doing celery juice first thing in the morning. I have to force myself not to go right to my coffee,” award-winning actress Jennifer Aniston said in an interview. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
Beauty and business mogul Kim Kardashian-West has also tried the green juice and said it’s “gross” but explained she saw an article that said it helped with psoriasis, so she tried drinking it.
But despite the good reviews that celery juice is getting from celebrities and influencers, nutritionists and dietitians aren’t all too convinced about the said benefits of celery juice. “There is some, but very limited, research on flavonoids in celery showing a reduction in inflammation in the body,” said Rachel Berman, a dietitian in New York City.
“Anecdotally, people report better digestion and reduced bloating when drinking celery juice, but it may just be due to the fact that they’re getting an extra boost of hydration,” Berman explained.
Meanwhile, dietitian and CNN contributor Lisa Drayer said that “It’s not a surprise to me that anything a celebrity or an influencer with lots of followers would mention would get a lot of attention.
She adds that indeed, celery has some health benefits like reducing inflammation, providing fiber, and is low calorie. But Drayer clarifies that there is little research about celery and its major benefits for people to be able to claim that it helps in losing weight or curing cancer. (Read: A Prayer for Good Health and Protection)
“There isn’t much scientific evidence to support the majority of health claims about drinking celery juice. In general, if a food fad, diet, or service sounds too good to be true, you can assume that it is,” said Malina Malkani, dietitian, and spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
So if you ask us, before going in and trying new diet trends, it’s best to consult your doctor and nutritionist-dietitian because everyone has different bodies and different needs. Check out this exclusive interview with a health professional for more tips and healthy choices!