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5 Reasons to Eat Cherries Before Their Season Is Over

5 Things: Cherries

I've noticed that days are slowly becoming shorter, but instead of mourning the passing of another Summer, I am eating all the wonderful fruits the season has to offer.

On the top of my list today are cherries, and here are five reasons you should pick some up today.

  1. Bing and Ranier cherries are truly nature's candy. Sweet and delicious, these two types of cherries are perfect for snacking and can satisfy a sweet tooth without racking up a huge caloric gain. One cup contains only 87 calories.
  2. One cup of cherries also provide three grams of fiber.

There are three more reasons to love cherries, so keep reading.

  1. Tart cherry juice has been found to relieve post-workout pain in a handful of small studies. If you like sour beverages, you should try cherry juice as your recovery drink, although some folks in the medical community believe the results of the studies have been overhyped.
  2. Cherries are high in flavanoids, anitoxidants found to improve heart health by reducing inflammation associated with atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries — and reduce certain risk factors for heart disease.
  3. Preliminary studies have found that cherries boost immunity and might help fight off the flu. Since swine flu seems to work overtime outside of traditional flu season, I would start snacking.

Tell me, do you love cherries?

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cg130 cg130 8 years
I love cherries! Delicious and nutritious!
mek123 mek123 8 years
I love cherries, had some for my afternoon snack today. When I was a kid we used to go to a pick-your-own place and my mom would make cherry jam and jar cherries for the winter.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love cherries! We have to get up to Door County to get some at the pick-your-own places before they all get too picked-over. Last time I got some, we had to get 20 lbs of them (they had a 10 lb per person minimum) and I had cherries coming out my ears for a while. I actually invested in a cherry pitter because I was making so many cherry pies and I was getting sick of pitting them by hand.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
I love cherries but sometimes they, um, give me tum-tum issues. I'm trying to avoid bloat these next two weeks so it's watermelon and pineapple for me. but for whatever reason it feels like they've been in season longer this year and I love it.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I'd choose blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries over cherries. They're last on my list to be honest, because I find them too sugary.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
...not glace cherries though. Those things are yuck. :P
fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
Love cherries, although I have to be so careful spitting out stones - they stain like crazy! Too, too expensive in the UK though - I can only áfford them very rarely... haven't had any so far this year...
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I love cherries. Ranier cherries are so good, one of my favorite snacks. Though when I start eating them I can't seem to stop.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I love cherries - they're packed in my lunch today !
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Man I wish I liked cherries - they always look so good.
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