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February 26, 2013

Celeriac: Why Should You Use it in Salads

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When it comes to improving your diet and adding the most healthy positive ingredients to it, you’ve got to take everything into account. While this makes for lots of options, it can also lead to lots of confusion regarding what is beneficial and what isn’t, and this is very true in the case of celeriac.

A root celery closely related to the vegetable that we all know well, celeriac is unique in that it grows a huge, bulbous root, and it is this root that has become the focus of nutritionists over the past few years, leaving us with the question: is celeriac actually good for you?

The answer is a resounding “yes” – here are the goods on celeriac and why you should start adding it to your salads right away:

1. High in Nutritional Value, Low in Calories

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Adding copious amounts of minerals, vitamins, and dietary fibre to your meals can often mean offsetting things with a high calorie count, but celeriac is an exception this rule. No matter how you cut it, you can easily take in lots of healthy goodness from this root without overwhelming your system with more calories to burn.

2. Potential Anti-Cancer Properties

The scientists are still out on the details, but preliminary studies indicate that celeriac could have beneficial effects in the battle against cancer, specifically appearing to offer protection against colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Given the rising prevalence of cancer around the world, this is reason enough to sprinkle a touch of ground celeriac on your next salad!

3. Essential Minerals? Celeriac’s Got Them

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Finding good sources of phosphorus, calcium, copper, iron, and manganese can be difficult, especially if you’re limited to only vegetable sources, but celeriac has all of these essential minerals in abundance. By simply adding a bit of crushed or sliced celeriac to your salad, you’re giving yourself a huge boost in many of the substances that you need to physically thrive!

4. Lots of Vitamin K

A compound known to help increase bone density through its triggering of osteotrophic activity in human bones, vitamin k is a difficult to thing to find in many foods, but celeriac has more than enough – 34 percent of your recommended daily intake in only 100 grams of the root!

Besides its positive effects on bones, vitamin k is also thought to be a powerful agent in reducing the affects of alzheimer’s disease on the brain, making celeriac an extra important salad bowl addition as we age.

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