Refreshing Cherries

The cherry season is quite very short, so you should enjoy the refreshing taste of cherries when they are at their peak.  This superstar fruit is loaded with many important nutrients, both the black and red types.

Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin A, and beta- carotene. This content is way higher than blueberries and strawberries. Cherries are also one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

Another thing to remember is that cherries are packed with special antioxidants called anthocyanins, which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. Moreover, anthocyanin is considered a memory booster, and an excellent antioxidant for the brain, and has been shown to improve memory.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, drinking cherry juice mixed with water three times a day may be beneficial for people with arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

One cup of cherries (almost 15 pieces), has 85 calories, 15 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber. The fiber content promotes digestion, prevents constipation and aids in weight loss.

However, a large percentage of its calories come from sugar, so people following a ‘low- carb’ diet should avoid big portions. One cup a day might exceed their limits of sugar and carbohydrates, so they should watch their intake portions.

Hello Mira, I want to keep cool with refreshing drinks that have limited calories. What are your suggestions?  – Anonymous

Hello, well, all drinks have a lot of calories, but I suggest a lemonade drink with some sweeteners, or a watermelon juice, as it is very low in calories compared to other juices. You can also try cucumber kiwi juice, which has a very low calorie content. I hope that has helped you.

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