Tart taste of cherries beneficial to health


| Feb. 2009

You may have heard the buzz about exotic fruits from distant locales, but health and nutrition experts say to look no further than fruits grown on American soil for vitality and wellness benefits. Tart cherries, available in dried, frozen and juice form, are “America’s Superfruit,” a homegrown, colorful and tasty way to reap the health-promoting properties of antioxidants.

Science links cherries’ red color, provided by the fruit’s powerful antioxidants, called anthocyanins, to heart-health benefits related to reduced belly fat, inflammation and total cholesterol. With more than 80 million Americans living with some form of heart disease, the heart-healthy qualities of eating red fruit have more relevance than ever. Research also suggests the red compounds in cherries may help ease the pain of arthritis and gout.

Because cherries are such a versatile fruit that can be found in the U.S. year-round, it’s easy to enjoy them in a wide range of sweet and savory dishes.

To learn more about the health benefits of cherries, and for additional recipes, visit the Web site www.ChooseCherries.com.



 

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