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The World's Healthiest Foods : Celery




Crunchy, crispy celery is well known for being low in calories, but its health benefits go far beyond use as a diet food. Celery contains useful phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. It’s a convenient on-the-go snack as well as a vegetable that can be incorporated into cooked dishes, stir-fries and salads.

Unlike some vegetables, celery retains most of its nutrients even if it is steamed. A study published in the journal LWT – Food and Science Technology compared celery that had been steamed, boiled and blanched and discovered that 10 minutes of steaming allowed the vegetable to maintain 83 to 99 percent of its antioxidants. On the other hand, boiling and blanching led to 38 to 41 percent antioxidant loss.

Celery should be eaten within seven days of buying it, according to World’s Healthiest Foods. After five to seven days, significant amounts of the antioxidants in celery disappear. Additionally, more healthy flavonoids stick around in freshly chopped celery than celery that is chopped and stored.

Nutritional profile

According to Megan Ware, a registered dietician nutritionist in Orlando, Florida, “Since celery is mostly made of water (almost 95 percent), it is not particularly high in any vitamin or mineral.” Nevertheless, celery is a good source of vitamin K, with one cup containing about 30 percent of the recommended daily intake, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Celery can also help you get enough folate, potassium, fiber and molybdenum. It contains small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and some B vitamins. Its seeds are a natural diuretic, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. “Celery is naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol,” added Ware.

Here are the nutrition facts for celery, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act:


Health benefits

Weight Loss

One stalk of celery contains only about 10 calories, while a cup of chopped celery contains about 16. It also contains dietary fiber (1.6 grams per cup), which helps curb cravings because it absorbs water in the digestive tract, making you feel fuller longer. A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that simply adding more fiber to one’s diet can be a critical component of weight loss. 

Unfortunately, it’s not true that eating celery counts as “negative calories.” In fact, Ware explained, “although celery contains a minuscule amount of calories, the number of calories spent digesting it is probably even smaller.”

Anti-inflammatory

Celery is rich in phytonutrient antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties. A study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer revealed that it is a significant source of flavonols and flavone antioxidants in Chinese adults. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, celery’s phytonutrients include: phenolic acids, flavones like luteolin, flavonols like quercetin and kaempferol, dihydrostilbenoids, phytosterols and furanocoumarins. 

Scientists are still working to understand all the implications of chronic inflammation on the body’s health. The Mayo Clinic lists autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and Chron’s disease as problems in which chronic inflammation plays a role. Less obvious disorders influenced by chronic inflammation may include cardiovascular disease and cancer.

A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research suggests that celery juice and celery extracts may help reduce activity by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-A) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-KB), proteins that are linked to inflammatory problems. Another study published in Planta Medica suggests that the luteolin in celery may be able to inhibit the production of COX-2, an enzyme that triggers inflammation.

Hydration

According to Ware, celery is about 95 percent water. This can make it a good way to keep necessary fluid levels up. “Because of its high water content, celery is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration,” said Ware.

Heartburn

Celery is an old folk remedy for heartburn, and AARP recommends it because of its low acidity. A study published in Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology included celery in a “low acid” diet prescribed to patients suffering from acid reflux. While their diet was beneficial, further studies are needed to determine celery’s specific role. 

Cholesterol and blood pressure

Celery’s fiber may help lower cholesterol levels because it picks up excess cholesterol compounds in your gut and pushes them out in the elimination process. 

The research on the relationship between celery and cholesterol in humans is limited, but animal studies show promising results. A University of Chicago study described by The New York Times found that a chemical in celery called phthalide reduced bad cholesterol levels by 7 percent and blood pressure by 14 percent. Phthalide can lower stress hormones in the blood, allowing blood vessels to expand and relax and let more blood flow through the body. Another study, published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, looked at celery seed extract in rats. It concluded that the celery was helpful in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, and increasing HDL (good cholesterol). One study done on humans, published in Natural Medicine Journal, looked at celery seed extract given to mild-to-moderate hypertensive patients for six weeks and saw reduced blood pressure. 

Digestion

Fiber is well known for its digestive benefits. It helps keep your bowel movements regular, thereby reducing constipation; helps keep your bowels healthy, and aids in weight maintenance, according to the Mayo Clinic. One cup of celery provides about 6 percent of your daily fiber needs. 

Some recent research suggests that the antioxidants in celery could also help improve stomach lining and reduce the risk of gastric ulcers. A study published in Pharmaceutical Biology found that laboratory rats consuming celery extract had fewer ulcers and more protected stomach linings. It is hypothesized that this success was caused by the apiuman, a pectin-based polysaccharide found in celery. 

Furthermore, the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests eating celery to possibly reduce the risk of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) because the vegetable’s flavonoids may help stop the growth of unwanted gut bacteria that causes inflammation. 

Cancer

The research is not definitive, but antioxidants, flavonoids and phytonutrients are sometimes associated with reduced cancer risk. Some recent studies have looked at celery’s flavonoids apigenin and luteolin. A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research looked at apigenin in regard to the formation of pancreatic tumors, finding apigenin to be “protective.” Another study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology looked at both apigenin and luteolin. It, too, showed positive results, with the pancreatic cancer cells dying. Another study found similar results regarding apigenin and breast cancer cells. 

Sex

In recent years, celery has gotten buzz for its purported arousing benefits. Celery contains high levels of androstenone and androstenol, which are male pheromones. According to Alan R. Hirsh, author of Scentsational Sex: The Secret to Using Aroma for Arousel, eating celery should increase men’s attractiveness, but the National Institutes of Health disagrees, noting, “It does not follow that simply because these compounds are found in body fluids or axillae that they communicate meaningful social information or influence reproductive processes in humans.” In fact, the Social Issues Research Centre of the United Kingdom reports that androstenol produced by male sweat is attractive to females, but that androstenone is not. 

Risks of eating excess celery
With 88 milligrams of sodium per cup, celery has a fairly high salt content for a vegetable. This causes some people watching their salt to worry about eating it, but according to Vicky Ferguson, a Michigan dietician, this doesn’t make celery a high-sodium food and one that the salt-aware need to worry much about.

Other risks of eating large amounts of celery include malnutrition and gastrointestional problems, according to LiveStrong.com. Dieters should be careful not to overdo it on celery because it is so low-calorie and could lead to malnutrition. And while fiber is great for you, too much can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea. 

According to SF Gate, if eaten in very large, continuous, uncooked quantities, celery could potentially cause goiters. This is because great amounts of uncooked celery can interfere with the process of iodine functioning in the thyroid. Goiters can cause swelling in the neck, leading to breathing problems and possible hypothyroidism. 

Celery contains chemicals called psoralens, which, if directly applied to the skin, causes it to become temporarily highly sensitive to ultraviolet light, according to Baylor University Medical Proceedings. This means that if you get celery juice on your skin and go into the sun, you could get a rash. The rash, which may burn, will appear within 12 to 36 hours and last for three to five days, though hyperpigmentation (darker skin) could last longer. This is mostly a problem for those who work in celery fields. 

Celery is known for being exposed to a lot of pesticides. For years, it has appeared on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of produce with the most pesticides. Be sure to wash your celery thoroughly, or buy organic if you can. 

It is possible to be allergic to celery. Celery allergies are associated with birch-mugwort allergies, so if you are allergic to either of those, you may be allergic to celery. Celery allergies are fairly common. According to the Anaphylaxis Campaign, 30 to 40 percent of food allergy sufferers in Switzerland and France reported celery allergies. Celery allergies can be mild or serious, ranging from slight tingling or swelling to anaphylactic shock.   

Other facts

According to Love Celery, a British website that promotes celery:


  1. Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray tonic (or soda), which gets its flavor from celery seed extract, has been sold in the United States since 1868.
  2. In the 1960s, Jell-O put out a celery-flavored gelatin mix (as well as other flavors, such as coffee, chocolate, cola, seasoned tomato, Italian salad and mixed vegetable). 
  3. Celery has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, going back to the ancient Romans, who dedicated the plant to Pluto, god of sex and hell. Madame de Pompadour, official chief mistress of French King Louis XV, swore by celery and truffle soup washed down with hot chocolate.
  4. Hangover cure?: The Romans also believed that wearing wreaths of celery leaves was an antidote against the intoxicating effects of wine and the ensuing headache. 
  5. The Bloody Mary cocktail was invented in the 1920s at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that celery was associated with the drink, when a guest at a Chicago hotel was given a Bloody Mary but nothing to stir it with. He improvised with a stick of celery from the buffet. 
  6. Winners of athletic events in Ancient Greece were presented with bunches of celery, much as flowers are given today. 
  7. For thousands of years, celery was valued more for medicinal purposes than for cooking. Wild celery was used in the Middle Ages to treat anxiety, insomnia, rheumatism, gout and arthritis. 
  8. Celery was first used as a food in Italy during the 16th century, later spreading across Europe as a flavoring for soups, meats and stews. 


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Prom Dresses 2016: Featuring The New Years Unique Design and Colors


Hello formal dress lovers! I am back with a special fashion topic. Since I am fascinated about formal event dresses as you might have noticed from my Pinterest boards, I prepared this collection of my most desired prom dresses for 2016 trend.

Regarding the color, design and quality Ive collected this marvelous dresses from Aisle Style , their 2016 prom dresses collection is very unique and not only the dresses are gorgeous, its also how smooth you can surf their listings , details, information, photos and the rest of the services they offer.

What catch my attention as well was the large color options and organized categories for the designs. I managed to make my Wedding Wish List selection very easy using their Silhouette, Hemline/Train and Neckline options tool found on the header of the website. Because I know how frustrating it is to imagine in mind what you are looking for and being not able to point it out while searching for it. I guess we all been there! 

Last year we fell in love with lace dresses, and it is totally fine to still go for a lace dress especially for those who like to stick to the classic style. As for me I always look for what is different. Here I selected the dresses that I found remarkable such as the two pieces dress No 3. No 2 Is super luxury and shinny. No 5 Is very elegant and presents the less is more concept, and its also available in champagne color (Photo above). 

At the end,  among all this fabulous dresses, my number one choice would be No 6. And guess why? Because it reminds me of the 20s fashion and the Gatsby movie designs which I am going to highlight for our Gatsby - inspired  vintage wedding theme.

I hope you enjoy this fashion inspiration and you are always welcome to vote for your favorite dress among this list or from the Aisle Style 2016 collection. You can also view the dresses using the links list above. Have a wonderful weekend! 


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Jerusalem Artichoke Tagine


Health benefits of Jerusalem artichoke

  • Jerusalem artichoke is moderately high in calories; provides about 73 calories per 100 g, roughly equivalent to that of potatoes. The root has negligible amounts of fat and contains zero cholesterol. Nevertheless, it's high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprises of dietary fiber (non-starch carbohydrates), and antioxidants, in addition to small proportions of minerals, and vitamins.
  • It is one of the finest sources of dietary fibers, especially high in oligo-fructose inulin, which is a soluble non-starch polysaccharide. Inulin should not be confused for insulin, which is a hormone. The root provides 1.6 mg or 4% of fiber. Inulin is a zero calorie saccharine and inert carbohydrate which does not undergo metabolism inside the human body, and thereby; make this tuber an ideal sweetener in diabetics and dietetics.
  • Soluble as well as insoluble fibers in this tuber add up to the bulk of food by retaining moisture in the gut. Studies suggest that adequate roughage in the diet helps reduce constipation problems. Dietary Fibers also offer some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut.
  • The tuber contains small amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E. These vitamins, together with flavonoid compound like carotenes, helps scavenge harmful free radicals, and thereby offers protection from cancers, inflammation and viral cough and cold.
  • Further, Jerusalem artichokes are a very good source of minerals and electrolytes, especially potassium, iron, and copper. 100 g of fresh root holds 429 mg or 9% of daily-required levels of potassium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte which brings reduction in the blood pressure and heart rate by countering pressing effects of sodium.



Recipe 


1kg lamb or chicken, cut into chunks
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground turmeric
pinch of saffron
lots of salt and pepper
light olive oil for frying
1 shallot or  regular onion , grated
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
1 crushed tomato
500ml lamb stock or water
500g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced
a handful of green or red olives

Optional: 
1 tsp ras el hanout
2 preserved lemons, thinly sliced
Handful of green beans or as prefered


Method

Toss the lamb pieces in the spices and season well. Choose a pot to cook the tagine in, preferably one with a good solid base and a lid but not too deep sided.

Heat the oil in the pot and brown the pieces of lamb or chicken. Add the grated shallot / onion, garlic, tomato, all the spice, coriander and cook together for a moment. Pour over the stock or water and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook, uncovered for an hour or so or until the meat is soft and the liquid reduced slightly.

Lay the sliced artichokes over the top of the cooked meat. Depending on the size of your pot, this may become two or three layers. Put on the lid and cook slowly for almost an hour or until the potatoes are soft.

* Between each layer lay slices of preserved lemon and olives and season well. In my recipe I did not use lemon. 



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Personal Style: Fall Style








Hello buddies! it's been a while since I wrote a personal style post. As you know I am shifting to maternity outfits as I am gaining weight entering the second trimester. Being pregnant in the winter is such a blessed because I already like to wear comfy and wide outfits.

I bought couple of capes from h&m which I can match to any of my outfits. They go perfectly with my comfy maternity tights and flat high boots that I bought also from the same brand since high boots are in the trend this winter and I think they fit just right with this capes together with skirts, tights and slim jeans. 

If you want to dress chic while pregnant this winter go for these lovely comfy capes. Images below lead to product link. Enjoy!


Update

Now that I am 5 months postpartum, its actually still comfortable wearing the maternity outfits. So I am still making use of all caps I bought last year. Cozy never go out of style :-) 




Capes






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