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All About Cherries

By Amy Silva

Cherries are a popular and versatile fruit. They can be added to a variety of meals and snacks, but they're just as great when enjoyed fresh. They also possess health benefits so are a great addition to your diet. The only thing that could make cherries better is if they were seedless, but they're so delicious that they're worth dealing with the pits.

About Cherries

There are about 10 different varieties of cherries, but there are three that are mainly grown for consumption. Cherry producers all over the world grow over one million metric tons every year. These include sweet, sour, which is also referred to as tart, and a type that is a cross between sweet and sour cherries. The type that is common for consuming while fresh is the sweet variety. Sour cherries are typically used for canning and freezing to use in desserts such as pastries, or other types of foods.

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries are an anti-inflammatory food and contain fiber, vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Some of these include potassium, manganese, Vitamin C, copper and Vitamin A. Studies have shown that it's possible they could ease arthritis symptoms thanks to having anti-inflammatory compounds. Cherries also contain antioxidants and may lower the risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as reduce blood sugar in those with diabetes. Other possible health benefits include helping your quality of sleep and even improving memory.

Ways to Use Cherries

One unexpected way to elevate meals is to add cherries or cherry juice to sauces for use in meat or chicken dishes. More common ways to use cherries for meals, snacks and desserts include:

  • Desserts - Cherries are a popular flavor to include in favorite sweet treats such as in ice cream, pastries, pies and candies such as chocolate covered cherries
  • Breakfast - Adding them to oatmeal, muffins, granola and pancakes adds more flavor, color and a new twist to foods that can be boring
  • Dried - Dried cherries can be eaten as is or added to a number of food dishes just as fresh cherries can, and they can be used in place of dried cranberries or raisins in some recipes
  • Drinks - Cherries can be added to fruit smoothies or turned into juice

There are plenty of ways to incorporate cherries into your diet by adding them to different food dishes or enjoying them as nature intended. They make a great sweet treat and may provide health benefits.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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