Basically, does eating celery burn more calories than is contained inside of the celery?
Yes. A plain stalk of celery contains six calories, but it takes five calories to chew it and at least that many more to digest it.
Yes. Celery contains plenty of caloric energy, but because it contains so much cellulose, humans can barely extract any of those calories. The energy burned by the digestive process is more than can be extracted from the celery.
The difference in calories is very small, to the point of being almost nothing. You need to burn 3500 calories to lose one pound; eating a stalk of celery will burn no more than five or six. The real value celery has towards losing weight is that if you fill up on it, you won’t be eating higher-calorie foods.
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