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Does eating celery really burn calories?

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You may want to pack more than just celery sticks for your next camping trip.

Asked by: Phil O’Farrell, Hebden Bridge


A stick of celery contains about six calories; chewing and digesting it will only take half a calorie. However, the rest of your metabolism doesn’t stop just because you are eating celery and a 2016 study found that a stick of celery provides 19 fewer calories than you normally burn during the time you are eating it.

So you’ll still starve on a diet of celery, just more slowly than not eating at all.

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