The latest trend: Goodbye kale, hello celery juice

Taylor Crumley, Staff Reporter

The newest craze among the health community says that drinking celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach can help inflammation and bloating, clear skin and even cure disease. The hashtag #CeleryJuice on Instagram boasts over 100,000 posts. But is it really the new superfood?

Even celebrities like Lea Michele and Kim Kardashian are drinking celery juice, all because of health and wellness influencer Anthony Williams. He is better known as the Medical Medium on his Instagram page, which has 1.7 million followers.

Kardashian posted a photo on her Instagram story of a glass of the bright green beverage with a caption explaining Williams claimed it might help her psoriasis she has been battling for years.

Lifestyle YouTuber Maggie MacDonald, who has nearly 200,000 subscribers on the platform, has also stated in many of her videos that drinking celery juice makes her feel less bloated and gives her skin a beautiful glow.

However, after celery juice’s five seconds of fame in the world of social media, dozens of articles have come out saying it’s just another health fad. Some even claim Williams is just making all of these celery juice claims up.

According to Williams’ personal website, he has a self-proclaimed “ability to converse with Spirit of Compassion, who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time.”

Williams really has no credible background in the health field, so instead of taking this new health trend to your favorite blogger for opinions, let’s get the facts from some actual experts.

Malina Malkani, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told CNN that although there are many benefits to celery — as there is for any green vegetable — the claims being made by some supporters of the trend have little scientific evidence to back them up.

Malkani continued to say that although drinking celery juice is not a bad thing, it probably won’t miraculously cure your body either.

Good Housekeeping even calls Williams’ claim that celery juice is highly beneficial to people with various diseases and illnesses an “abuse of existing data.” The data found only supports these claims of the benefits of celery juice in a laboratory setting and not on the living human body.

Was Williams just secretly sponsored by celery companies to hype up the picked-over vegetable in the veggie tray at your family’s Christmas dinner, or is celery juice really the new kale?

Unfortunately, in the time we are living in, people will see a new thing on social media — or more specifically, see the Kardashians post about something on their Instagram stories — and immediately go to the store to buy it. No one really cares to do their own research, but social media influencers are thought of as a know-all source that we trust.

Although drinking a tall glass of celery juice every morning will not kill you, before you go buy a $200 juicer and clear the shelves of celery at your local Whole Foods, do your own research. Just because Kim K. drinks celery juice doesn’t mean it’s worth the hype.