Cherries are one of best ways to satisfy your sweet tooth... while boosting your health at the same time.
High in antioxidants and unbelievably low on the glycemic index, cherries come in many varieties and range in flavor from sweet to sour.
These compact, juicy morsels are packed with antioxidants including beta-carotene and anthocyanins and have been found to help reduce inflammation in the body.
Because cherries are on the Environmental Working Group's list of the most chemically contaminated foods - the Dirty Dozen - be sure to always pick organic.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=3,365
Most fresh cherries are available from May (June for sour cherries) through August. Choose brightly colored, shiny, plump cherries. Sweet cherries should be firm, but not hard; sour varieties should be medium-firm. Store unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Frozen cherries are also a great buy and work well for making smoothies.
Serving size: 1 cup(s)View Calorie Breakdown
Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 1 : 1
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