Not only are cherries delicious, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse with many health benefits including helping with weight loss and reducing belly fat. Cherries have a short season during the summer but you can also put them in the freezer to enjoy all the benefits later in the year.
Cherries are an excellent and healthy alternative when you are craving something sweet. Plus they have the lowest glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source. Another great weightless benefit is that they have built in portion control – since cherries have the pit you have to eat them one at a time (versus other smaller fruits you can pop in your month 2 or 3 at a time). The cherry pit also forces you to eat them slower and doing so allows your brain and body to sense that you are full.
Additional health benefits of cherries include:
- Antioxidant Protection: cherries are filled with powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins and cyanidin.
- Cancer-Preventive Compounds: the sweet cherries have fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins that all play a role in cancer prevention.
- Reduces Inflammation: cherries are filled with a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps “cool down” excess inflammation and associated oxidative stress.
- Healthy Sleep: Cherries contain natural melatonin, which plays a vital role in sleep and bodily regeneration.