Perhaps you’ve seen #celeryjuice across Instagram. Or maybe you heard about the Celery Juice Challenge started by New York Times best-selling author Anthony William, who challenged people to drink celery juice daily for a week in December. It seems the bright green juice is grabbing attention online and off, but is it really healthy or just a hype?
There’s nothing wrong with drinking celery juice if you enjoy it, said Erin Palinski-Wade, registered dietician. “However, the nutritional properties of the juice are not unique and the same benefits can be found from eating celery along with other leafy green vegetables,” she said. “If you enjoy the trend, feel free to stick with it. But otherwise, just aim to add more greens in any form to your plate.”
Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, JJ Virgin concurs, but says any type of juicing means pulling out the sugars and losing the fiber from the food you’re juicing, which isn’t healthy for blood sugar balance, sustained energy, or healthy weight maintenance.
However, before you start to juice, Celebrity Chef and best-selling author Devin Alexander recommended talking to your doctor first. “Just because someone has a million followers [on social media] doesn’t mean that they have any knowledge at all. If you’re taking medications, be sure that you’re not juicing a fruit or vegetable that could interfere with the medicine. Grapefruit juice is known to dull some medications and celery juice can also do that.”