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5/30/10 7:51 P

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CHICORYA2 Thanks for the input. I also figure that eating a rib or two of celery is not such a bad thing.

I do like it with cheeze whiz but I know that is not the best, so I usually eat it plain. I don't care for it with peaunt butter or cream cheese, lol

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5/30/10 7:38 P

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A few observations:
1. Having studied organic chemistry in college, I truly do not believe that there are different types of sodium that are absorbed by the body in different ways, or that the sodium in celery is somehow not absorbed or absorbed less.
2. If eating celery helps you stop eating foods that have even more sodium and calories, and less fiber, because the celery is keeping your hands and your mouth busy, then eating celery is a good thing.
3. Any food, eaten to excess, is likely to lessen your intake of a well-balanced, nutritious variety of good foods.
4. If you're adding peanut butter with salt to your celery, or cream cheese (which is ususally high in sodium), you are probably adding too much salt to your diet.
5. A few bites of stuffed celery as an appetizer is probably a better choice than other appetizers that are often offered.
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5/17/10 8:11 P

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I never thought that celery had much flavor, though I still liked it. Then I went to visit my parents after the moved to California....and I discovered that celery really does have a flavor if you allow it to ripen before you cut it and ship it to other parts of the country. Now I LOVE celery when it's been allowed to fully ripen and has a really nice taste, and I still like the mostly flavorless stuff with all the strings....especially if you put cream cheese or peanut butter in it....

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Hi Girls...I had to smile when I read about discussing celery; my first thought was "why?". I smile because celery was my mother's favorite vegetable and as a child, I could never understand how anyone could eat something that had relatively no flavor and lots of strings. I'm still having problems with the strings, but I have learned to eat it and I, too, love peanut butter on it best. I'm still thinking about that celery juice...Lonna

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5/17/10 5:49 A

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hi again,
just to set the record straight; I've abandoned the celery juice. It was too impractical, too costly.

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thx for that, Makinpak.
I haven't got round to checking out Dash. I'm roughly following a low GI plan as that's the type of food we usually eat.....Ok so why am I overweight, you ask. LOL I'm a nibbler and cheese and biscuits have been my downfall, plus large portions at mealtimes.

To go back to the celery issue, I've found that to make juicy pulp I need very fresh, very dark, very firm, very ribbed sticks; it's a waste of time using the light-coloured inner stalks; no juice whatsoever in them, and no taste either.

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5/6/10 1:47 A

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It sounds like Becky is fine with your celery pulp but she has issues with it's claims. It is a great way to get in your veggies and even if you use 4 stalks, it's only 140 mg of sodium but I don't know what the UK's recommendations are for sodium intake. The DASH, (D)ietary
(A)pproaches to (S)top (H)ypertension, plan really isn't anything new or amazing. There is an article here on DASH:

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Hey, if it works for you and your own doctor doesn't have a problem with it, then keep downing the pulp - ENJOY!

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5/5/10 8:16 A

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here is what Dietician Becky advises about celery

Quote Celery is slightly higher in sodium than some other veggies...but other veggies are also similar in sodium content. Celery is in NO WAY considered a high sodium food.

I know that there is much on the internet about using celery to help lower blood pressure, but there is little research to support all these claims.

There is a diet plan that has a great amount of research to support the prevention of high blood pressure and the lowering of blood pressure. It is called the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension). I am send this link with all the information.

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I'm over in the UK and the link did not work for me but I got the site ok by googling from " www."

I don't know about everyone else but I'm not familiar with milligram figures and the tracker numbers for sodium are so high as to be scary, don't you think?

Bottom line is that I'm carrying on with my celery pulp every morning to see if it helps after a month. Dash is news to me and is yet another thing I need to examine.......sigh.

hey, I never used to t o u c h celery until I came on SP emoticon It tastes ok to me now, even the pulped stuff.

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I love celery with peanut butter or with cream cheese (sorry Linda, I can't go for Cheese whiz) and I even love it just plain. It's got practically no calories (sorry gals, but that negative calorie thing is just a myth) and now I find out that it's got too much sodium?? Oh, the injustice..... emoticon

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My favorite indulgence is celery topped with peanut butter. Yummo - going to the store for celery tomorrow but will have to get the PB down to 1 tbsp.

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I love celery filled with cheeze whiz. I can still eat one or two ribs, just can't have the whiz.

Oh the agony of it all. LOL

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My problem here is that I love to sit down and eat a whole BUNCH of celery....and now I know that I really should not do that. Bummer. emoticon

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Depending on your restrictions, 1 rib of celery at 35 mg is not so bad. Most people can have 1500 or even 2000 mg per day sow that is not even 1/40th of your days allotment. Still leaves lots of room for other things. I guess the thing is, just don't overdo it. Moderation, Moderation, Moderation.

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Well dang!! This is one good reason to never research anything online....you might find out things that you don't want to know. emoticon

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I just went to Google and it says the average celery stalk has about 35 mg of sodium......boy am I bummed about this because I love celery as a snack. Now I will have to watch how much of it I eat when I do eat it.





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I use CELERY SEED for most of my cooking. I like celery ribs too but tend to use it only when making salads .........

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Thx for that, Macinpak

Yes, Vali_T, I'll post Becky's reply, if she agrees

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If you send her a SparkMail about this issue, please let us know what she has to say. I actually like celery and I'd be bummed to find out that I couldn't eat it anymore because of sodium content.

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I do like celery but not that much. You pose a good question but I would ask one of the staff dieticians:

DIETITIANBECKY

I friended her just for these types of occasions. Try sending her a spark mail.

I haven't check my BP lately - guess I should get on that.

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I'm not the one to ask, since I hate celery.

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In an effort to ward off HBP, y'day I began taking celery juice; well, pulp actually as I have no juicer and have to use a food processor.

According to the internet it is claimed that by taking celery juice in 8oz portions, 3 times every day for a month, HBP can sometimes be lowered. I pulp 4 sticks which yields about 8oz pulp but I do this only once a day, because of the sodium content.

The cons are that celery is very high in sodium and in other elements which, when consumed in large quantities, can be toxic to the body. One website reported that the sodium in celery was the 'good type' because, unlike table salt, it is easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

It's swings and roundabouts again and I'm interested to have your opinions, please.

I must say that you are a very knowledgeable group and that I've learned loads just by reading your threads today. Many thanks for this thread. It's wonderful to have help on hand. emoticon

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