When it comes to nutritional snacking, few fruits can match the deliciousness of a chilled bowl of sweet cherries.  Folks across the Greater Tampa Bay Area are enjoying this summertime treat, easily found in stores and fresh markets this time of year.  People of all ages can delight in this ruby-red burst of sweetness, but it is also worth highlighting the powerful healing properties of the cherry.  

Reasons to Cherish Cherries

Many people are not aware that cherries pack more than a flavor.  These bitesize fruits contain potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, plus vitamins A, B-6, and C.  On top of that, cherries are full of antioxidants providing healing effects and anti-inflammatory properties for the body.   Studies also suggest that cherries may increase melatonin in the body and help you get your beauty rest.

The physicians at Weight Success Centers often update patients with research and solutions for maintaining a healthy weight, which is why the benefits of cherries are on our radar. Some studies show cherries have fat-fighting enzymes, and many experts suggest including low-calorie cherries as nutrient-rich snacks in some weight loss plans, depending on a person’s individual needs and health.    

The Cherry On Top

With a tiny pit, cherries are one of the tastiest species of fleshy drupes belonging to the Prunus group of trees.  The best time to incorporate seasonally fresh cherries into your diet is from June to August, when farmers markets are overflowing with sweet cherries.  Although highly perishable, you can find fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned cherries in stores year-round. 

Many people consider the all-American summertime dessert to be cherry pie, which is best when baked with sour cherries.  Sour cherries tend to hold their round shape better than sweet cherries when cooked. Sour cherries also provide an acidic, tart flavor that blends nicely with sugar and other sweeteners used in making pies, cakes, and pastries.  

A bowl of fresh cherries, however, is the healthiest way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of cherries.  One cup without pits contains around 80 calories and 13 grams of sugar, while also providing 2 grams of fiber and a spectacular array of vitamins and minerals.  The physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers are always happy to provide more information about nutritional healing, weight loss plans, and medical solutions to maintain good health. 

How will you add cherries to your summer menus? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips to share with your friends and families.

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