Health Benefits of Cherries

Are cherries healthy? Cherries are high in antioxidants, help reduce the risk of cancer, inflammatory problems, and heart disease. They are low in fat, calories, and have a high water content. Cherries are a great addition to meals; they complement almost any sweet or savory dish.

The beginning of cherry season is always exciting. Cherries are most well known for the American favorite- cherry pie, but they’re also great added to a bowl of yogurt in the morning, made into a rich sauce to accompany duck breast, and canned during the winter season. But did you know that cherries pack a lot of nutritional punch?

The benefits of eating cherries are numerous. Cherries are considered to be high in disease fighting antioxidants, studies have shown that a diet high in cherries have helped to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory problems such as arthritis. Cherries also contain melatonin, which helps slow the aging process and helps regulate sleep patterns.

There are many vitamins in Cherries such as Vitamin C and Cherries contain many other nutrients such as Cherries also contain high levels of nutrients such potassium, and beta-carotene. A diet that includes cherries has been proven to help decrease body fat, cholesterol, and inflammation. Since these are all risks in heart disease, cherries are vital part of the diet.

How many calories are in a cherry? There are only 4 calories in one cherry and one cup of cherries is only 74 calories. Cherries are low in fat, and have a high-water content. Research has shown that increasing water consumption will boost energy levels and increase metabolism. Besides their high nutrition value, cherries are extremely diet friendly.

Nutrients found in Cherries

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries have a magnificent taste, sweet or sour. Their taste stands alone but they are also great in desserts or even dried for an afternoon snack.

A great way to enjoy cherries is to incorporate them into homemade granola bars. Granola bars are great to have on hand and by adding cherries you are upping your daily antioxidants with every bite.

On The Go Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup ground linseeds

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups of flour

200g frozen cherries, chopped

2 cups mixed chopped nuts (pecans, pistachios, or pumpkin seeds would taste great!)

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or seeds of one vanilla bean

2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13” rectangular baking tray with baking paper. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and pour into the baking tray. Use the back of a wooden spoon to press the mixture down into the dry until condensed. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Let cool for 20 minutes and then cut into squares.

5 Responses to Health Benefits of Cherries

  1. naoma nimrichter says:

    I love cherries! I have arthristis and it helps with the pain!

  2. Kim Gill says:

    I have a few questions though. A)when cherries aren't in season, where can we get the cherries (or equivalent)? and B) how many cherries do you have to eat in order to reap the benefits?
    Thanks for any information you can give me.

    • ReneeR says:

      Hi Kim,
      Great questions! Dried, frozen, and 100% cherry fruit juice are all great sources of cherries when fresh are not in season. There are no established guidelines yet as to how many cherries it takes to reap the health benefits. However, 1-2 servings of cherries daily can help provide some of the health benefits identified in research. One serving of cherries is equivalent to:
      -1/2 cup dried cherries
      -1 cup fresh or frozen cherries
      -1 cup 100% cherry juice

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  4. Margo says:

    Lately I have been taking tart cherry capsules. Do these have similar benefits, or do I need to eat the cherries/drink the juice?

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