With A Cherry on Top

August 11, 2009 at 1:25 am 2 comments

Who knew that cherries were so good for you? It is hard to believe that such a tasty  little fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. What would you say if I said that by eating cherries you can decrease your risk of cancer, keep yourself looking young and get a great night of sleep?  You’d probably say prove it.  Well, I will.

Cherries contain phytochemicals also called phenolics. These phenolics protect your DNA against free radicals.  Anthocyanins also found in cherries keep the body safe from an enzyme that has been proven to increase the risk of colon cancer.

Vitamin C is important in maintaining collagen which causes cell renewal and keeps our skin looking young and supple. One cup of cherries yields 16% of your RDA of vitamin C.

Sleep is so important to our good health.  We need our 8 hours a night.  You’re thinking, yeah right.  Did you know that melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone produced in our bodies is also present in cherries. So maybe now you can get that 8 hours of sleep.

As a nation our health is such a concern for us today.  It’s nice to know that we can make simple changes in our nutrition that impact our lives.  It doesn’t have to be big change; in fact, it can be something as small as a cherry.

Cherries

Two weeks left of the Montana cherry season.  Order now.

See my post “A Guilty Secret” for a parfait recipe.  Add cherries to ice cream, use in place of blueberries in a muffin recipe or dip in chocolate.

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Passionate Lapin Cherries

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah  |  August 31, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Have you ever candied your cherries before dipping them in chocolate? MMmmmm. It’s yummy. They have to cure for 2 weeks, though. That’s the most difficult part – the waiting.

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  • 2. meryl shader  |  November 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

    these recipes look sinfully delicious. The photography is gorgeous. I am forwarding this link to several friends.

    Reply

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