Cherries: Learn How This Delicious Fruit Can Better Your Health!.

Cherries are a part of American know, the story about George Washington as a young lad chopping down the cherry tree and confessing his acts to his father? We are not sure if it is a true fact or just a fun story that we've all been told, however, if it is true then we know one thing for sure...that George Washington missed out on a lot of good pies in his lifetime! With all the research and studies that have done on this particular fruit, we are finding out it is an exceptional fruit and should be enjoyed more often. While this is a summer fruit, it can be canned or frozen for consumption later in the year. They will be considered sweet or tart, and compared to the sweet, the tart ones will contain more vitamins and minerals and are most used in pies and for juice. We are taught to eat more servings of fruits and vegetable in our daily meals, well here is a fruit that everybody enjoys and is healthy for you as well.

Which Vitamins And Minerals Are Found In Cherries? Proanthocyanidins, Malic acid,Pectin, Anthocyanidis,
Malic acid, Phosphorus, Copper, Ellagic acid, Vitamin A, Potassium, Calcium, Niacin,Manganese, Iron, Biotin, Vitamin C, Magnesium
What Are The Benefits Of These Vitamins and Minerals?

Not only is this wonderful tasting fruit very good for you, it is low in calories and sodium, and very high in nutrients. It is well known that strawberries and blueberries are high in antioxidants. Here is something you may not realize, cherries have almost 20 times more antioxidants than the blueberries and strawberries. Being high in antioxidants helps the body destroy free radicals that can cause cancer.

Using scientific research it has been determined that the dark red pigmentation named anthocyanins helps reduce inflammation, relieve the pain of arthritis and helps with neurodegenerative diseases.

Because of the high levels of melatonin that they contain, it is believed that they can slow down the aging process, help you get a better night's rest, and may even be beneficial to help reduce jet lag as well.

Because they have high levels of vitamin A, they may help with the prevention of some cancer.

Cherries are also helpful for the following conditions: They are great for people on diets. They aid in reducing cramps, hypertension, asthma and colds, as well as flushing your your kidneys and liver, and may even help to reduce symptoms related to fibromyalgia.

How to Buy and Store

Buy the fruit that is uniform in color, firm to the touch, with no soft areas on them. When they are sold loose pick them up in your hand and gently roll them about; if you see juice on your hands, it means that some are over ripe. If they are prepackaged, turn the container over and look for juice.

Tips For Preparing:

  • Leave the stems on; they make a great tool for picking up and eating the fruit.
  • Wash in cool running water and spread them out on paper towels to dry. Before you place them in a container, check the paper towel for juice so that you can dispose of the over-ripened ones.
  • Place in the refrigerator and keep cool.
  • A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

    Enjoy cherries as a snack, a dessert (cut up), or add them to salads. A few halves in chicken salad along with some avocado really add flavor.

    Use them in fruit smoothies...not just for the great taste but for coloring as well.

    Freeze them for your enjoyment later in the year.

    The all time favorite is the final topping on a banana split, which enhances the perfect dessert.

    However you enjoy them, you are providing your body with an excellent food source to help you live a healthier life.

    For more articles of similar interest click these links:

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  • Eating Organically Grown Vegetables

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