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“Super Fruit”

Next month is the start of cherry season.  Cherries are considered an antioxidant “super fruit” because of  all the  health benefits they supply.  There are two types of cherries:  sweet and sour (also called tart or pie cherries).  Tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, especially a phytochemical called anthocyanin.  Studies have shown that tart cherries reduce inflammation and pain and may offer relief for individuals with autoimmune neurodegenerative conditions and connective tissue diseases, especially rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.  Evidence also links cherries to reducing risk factors for heart disease and certain cancers. 

Cherries contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries or strawberries, as well as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber, and folate. 

Cherries are sold with their stems attached because this extends their freshness.  When purchasing cherries, choose large, plump cherries and avoid any that are discolored, wrinkled, or mushy.  Dried cherries are available in most markets, but stay away from those with added sugar.  Store cherries unwashed in a breathable plastic bag inside the fridge.  Eat them quickly, as their freshness deteriorates quickly.

Cherries are great in salads, preserves, pies, and dishes that contain pork, lamb, or chicken.

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May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Food | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Hi Shannon, Besides cherries, what would you consider to be the best fruits to eat?

    Comment by Karen | May 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Well, it all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. I don’t think there is any bad fruit, some do have more acid than others, which tends to create negative reactions in the body. As far as antioxidants go, berries are great (blueberries, raspberries). I eat apples everyday. They are nutritious and filling and a great source of fiber. Tropical fruits like papaya, guava, and mango are great for cooling the body when you’re really hot. Pears are a great, neutral fruit that are great when you need hydration. Like anything else, if you notice a bad reaction after eating something (such as upset stomach or headache) that is probably a food you should avoid. I hope this helps!

      Comment by atcshan | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey Shannon thanks for the tip on cherries. I will definately throw some into my juicer, the blueberries are getting alittle old.

    Comment by Darrin | May 24, 2010 | Reply


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