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Wellness in a Bowl of Cherries

Posted by Julie M.

Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's true that the sweet, juicy fruit of summer is filled with all kinds of healthy nutrients and very few calories. Whether you pick Bing, Rainier (the yellow kind), Montmorency, or any of the other varieties of cherries, they are all a great source of potassium and flavonoids. And a recent study found that anthocyanins (the pigments found in cherries) helped mice on a high-fat diet lose weight. Of course you'd have to eat an awful lot of cherries, at least a pound, to replicate the study, but just adding a handful of them to your diet is good, especially for athletes as the pigment in cherries also works with vitamin C to strengthen collagen, a fibrous protein in connective tissue. Tips on buying cherries: avoid the ones with dark-colored stems, look for shiny, firm, plump fruit with no white spots or wrinkles; and do the touch test to make sure your cherries aren't squishy. Who knows? Maybe life is a bowl of cherries?
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