Discover The Nutrition Packed In Celeriac

Monday, January 9, 2017. Author Tyler Breedlove

This week, we have a wonderful recipe for you, with a not-so-common, but really delicious root vegetable called “celeriac.” You can find the recipe here. What is celeriac, you ask? Read on to find out!

What To Know About Celeriac

Growing up, most of us probably became very familiar with celery in many shapes and forms. Maybe your parents would even prepare the childhood snack of celery sticks with a dollop of peanut butter and raisins on top.

What you may not know, however, is that there is another variation of the celery plant species, with the focus on its root rather than stalk. Celeriac, scientifically known as Apium graveolens var. rapaceum, is characterized by a large “ball-like” root system. It is also known by various other names, such as “root celery” or “turnip-root celery”. Celeriac root has a yellow to brown exterior, with a white-colored interior. When consumed, the root has a very unique “nut-like” taste.

Healthy Bites

Celeriac contains essential oils and flavonoids. Both of these can be found in all parts of the plant and give it various antioxidative properties.

Additionally, celeriac has been reported to:

  • Exhibit antifungal and antibacterial activity
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Positively regulate heart function
  • Improve insulin function
  • Positively affect lipid levels
  • Potentially have anti-carcinogenic effects

Nutritional Breakdown

About 1 cup, or 150 grams, of celeriac amounts to approximately 65 calories. This breaks down to 14 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 to 3 grams of protein and about 0.5 grams of fat. It also contains Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium. Interestingly, this amount contains around 150 milligrams of sodium. Therefore, it might be wise to avoid adding salt when cooking to avoid overconsumption of sodium.   

Celeriac isn’t a food that can be found at every store, but for those of you looking for it, try your local farmer’s market or organic grocery store. It will be well worth the search once you’ve discovered its wonderful, nutty taste!

The Genetics

Now, understanding your genetics can play a key role in knowing if and how you would benefit from adding celeriac to your diet. This becomes very relevant when we look at certain genes. To understand this, we’ve prepared the following chart to make it easier to understand.

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References

Celery. (n.d.). Retrieved December 27, 2016, from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14

Krešić, G., & Lelas, V. (2004). Effects of processing on nutritional composition and quality evaluation of candied celeriac. Sadhana29(1), 1-12.

McCoy, W. (2015). Nutrition Facts for Celery Root. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/534223-nutrition-facts-for-celery-roots/

Popović, M., Kaurinović, B., Trivić, S., Mimica‐Dukić, N., & Bursać, M. (2006). Effect of celery (Apium graveolens) extracts on some biochemical parameters of oxidative stress in mice treated with carbon tetrachloride. Phytotherapy research20(7), 531-537.

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