Cherries, Delicious With Lots of Health Benefits To Boot

cherries

I just ate the most delicious, juicy, sweet cherries and was inspired to write about it. They are in season right now and are heavenly.

I have a confession to make …ready…ok, here goes…Eating fruit is a little hard for me. You can ask my Mom, growing up fruit wasn’t my go to snack. Obviously I know the benefits, but I have to make very conscious decisions daily to make sure I include fruit. Doing things like rinsing and cutting up the fruit soon after getting home from the grocery store so it is ready to go when I want it is helpful. I also keep frozen fruit on hand and use dried fruit in salads – they count too.

I also am sure to eat certain fruits when they are at their season’s peak. So, when I come across something as sweet and delicious as cherries are right now I take full advantage. Not only are they delicious they, like most fruits and vegetables, are full of health boosting properties. Here are a few really good reasons to run out and grab some.

  1. They are super rich in antioxidants that play a protective role against the aging of our skin, memory loss and Alzheimer’s, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. The deeper the red the better!
  2. They are relatively low on the glycemic index at 22. This means they have less of an effect on blood sugars, which is a good thing for appetite control and avoiding fat storage.
  3. They are a great source of potassium, which can help to lower blood pressure.
  4. They are low in calories. Each 1 cup serving only has 100 calories. They are also a good source of fiber too, with 3 grams per cup.

There you go.  Lots of health benefits from just one little tiny fruit.  Go check them out and try some sweet deliciousness for yourself!