Celery Juice: Healthy or Hype?


Celery juice contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, electrolytes, water and smaller amounts of other vitamins and minerals.

“It also contains health-boosting flavonoids and other phytochemicals, although some of them will be lost when fiber is removed during juicing,” JJ Virgin, celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, and author of “The Virgin Diet,” told Healthline.

When the fiber is removed, Virgin says that can trigger a more rapid blood sugar response.

“Not to mention that you’ll be missing out on all the other health benefits of fiber,” she added. “Many foods contain nutrients in the peel, pulp, and other components that are lost when they’re converted to juice form.”

She says fiber in your diet not only keeps your digestive system functioning smoothly, but can also help with:

  • feeling full
  • sparking weight loss
  • balancing your blood sugar levels
  • maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
  • feeding the good bacteria in your gut and boosting your immune system
  • helping reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes

She adds that even though the micronutrients in juice are highly concentrated, the sugars in juice are highly concentrated as well.

Other cons of juicing include the time it takes to juice a vegetable like celery. Plus, all the experts point out that when you eat a food rather than drink it, you feel fuller.

“For many, too, chewing is just plain more satisfying,” Alexander said.