The Food Coach

Healthy Food Database - Cherries

Cherries are stone fruits. They have a glossy skin and a beautiful, rich red colour. Apparently Broadway in New York turns west at East 10th Street because a cherry tree once stood there.
Cherries have significant health benefits in slowing or inhibiting the progression of premature aging, cardiovascular desease, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinsons, inflammatory and allergic conditions. They also contain compounds believed to help slow or inhibit the progression of cancer.

Cherries also contain 16 antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds and a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that act together to provide the body with a potent mix of compounds more effective in fighting disease than anything available in supplement form.

With only 224 kJs per 100g a day they're not only a delicious summer treat but a truly healthy food.

While in season aim to eat at least one serve a day.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Spring
To Buy: Buy loose and take care to select those that are smooth and very shiny with the stalks on. Most cherries sold today are the sweet variety.
To Store: Store for up to 5 days in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper.
Tips & Tricks: Buy a cherry pipper to take the monotony out of this boring task.

Nutrition (1 Cup):

Weight (grams): 124
Carbohydrates, g: 14.8
Protein (g): 1.2
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Antioxidants:
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. High
Energy (kJ): 295
Low GI < 55: Glycaemic Index refers to the rate at which carbohydrate rich foods are converted to glucose for energy by the body; Low GI carbohydrtes release glucose is released slowly into the bloodstream and help to regulate energy levels and insulin production.
Fat (g): 0.2
Monosaturated Fat , g: 0.0
Potassium: Needed for normal growth and muscle and nerve contraction. Together with sodium regulates water and fluid balance in the body.
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: I rarely cook cherries as they are such a luxury to eat as they are. If you are lucky enough to stumble on a glut of them you can freeze them. Ensure they are completely dry and pack in plastic boxes. To defrost spread them out on a flat baking sheet in the fridge.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Diabetes
Gout

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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