Celery has a net negative caloric intake. People who are trying to achieve health don’t just STOP eating celery because it has no energy or calories. Just because it doesn’t have calories doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it. Just because it’s known to have micronutrients and other health benefits also shouldn’t mean you can just eat a heap of celery and disregard that it has a heap of potential. My flatmate looked at my dinner the other day which was a bunch of veggies stir fried up just to the point of being cooked, with a bunch of herbs and spices all thrown over top of lettuce. I agree it was a pretty decent sized bowl. He made the comment “woah you eat a lot!” I thought to myself.. yeah I guess it looks like a big quantity. Then I started calculating the calories for him, and then started talking about how his dinner of bacon, aoili and wraps and chickpeas would have had possibly more calories but less nutrition and may have taken up less space, but will take heaps longer to digest and would have done nothing to further his health and repair his body from training other than to restore macro nutrients (maybe... that’s assuming his digestive tract is healthy enough to break down everything, in all fairness we’re also assuming my digestive tract is healthy enough to break down my food, otherwise I just ate a heap of water!)
The point is, while the vast understanding of “nutrition” has been for many years... calories first, then macro nutrients then micro nutrients. What if we turned that on it’s head? I have a theory that if we focused on micro nutrients the macro nutrients would take care of themselves, we’d be healthier and we’d have less obesity.
Can you envision a world where you can walk into a supermarket with your smartphone and you can stick a fork (that is attached to your smart phone) into a carrot and you can test all of the carrots on the shelf, for the least pesticide residue, the most vitamins and minerals. You can get the best bang for your buck and forget all the labels and marketing, no more confusion, no more questions.