Cherries are a fruit often overlooked among strawberries and blueberries. However, they have been gaining more attention because of their antioxidant properties. Cherries are available year round and can be a nutritious snack whenever you’re on the go! Read on to see how you can incorporate this unique fruit into your healthy lifestyle!
In addition to being heart-healthy, cherries lower cholesterol and decrease belly fat. The red pigment that gives the fruit their signature color is called flavanoids. These are linked to the many health benefits of cherries.
For the best nutritional value, fresh cherries are the way to go. They should be clean, bright, shiny and free of bumps. The darker the cherry, the sweeter the taste. Place unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and wash just before eating. Leave them on a counter a few hours before eating; the flavor is more intense at room temperature. Be sure to eat fresh cherries within two to four days.
The next time you’re at a farmer’s market or grocery shopping, fill a produce bag with cherries instead of apples! You’ll be glad you did!
By Lindsay Barton