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FAKE FOOD NEWS DEBUNKED

THE MYTH: CELERY JUICE CAN HEAL YOUR GUT

THE THEORY: Believe social media hype and celery in a glass can nix everything from stressed skin to a bloated tum, by supporting the gut. But dietitian Leanne Ward isn’t convinced. “There is no evidence in humans linking celery juice consumption to improvements in gut healing,” she explains. “If anything, it may worsen the effects of irritable bowel syndrome, as celery is high in FODMAPS [aka a group of compounds thought to contribute to IBS symptoms].” Ward’s not hating on the crunchy stems, though. “They’re packed with vitamins A, B, C and K and minerals such as potassium, calcium, folate and phosphorus,” she adds. “They are hydrating, too – but they don’t need to be juiced to get these benefits.”

THE BOTTOM LINE: By all means, stick a stalk in your green blend, “just don’t buy into the hype,” says dietitian Joel Feren. And if you’re keen on

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