Cherries provide a very low glycemic index, making them an ideal fruit for diabetics and those hyperactive children. Not only are they much better than lollies, they’re also the ‘lolly look alike’ of fruits! Cherries are packed with painkilling power due to their supply of anthocyanins, in the natural pigments. A quantity of 20 cherries supplies 25mg anthocyanins per 100g. Anthocyanins are as effective as aspirin or ibuprofen in cases of headache, gout or arthritis, as they retard the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation. Cherries contain the flavonoids isoqueritrin and queritrin plus the plant phenolic ellagic acid, a potent anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic compound. In addition, cherries are packed with perillyl alcohol, which stunts the growth of cancer cells and then flushes them out of the body. Cherries provide significant amounts of melatonin, also produced by the pineal gland to promote sleep. Cherries are a blood builder, plus they supply vitamin A (213 IU) and potassium (220mg). If you think cherries are expensive, the trees take years to grow and the fruit is hand picked, plus they have a very short summer season. As they say, ‘You get what you pay for.’ Have a good night’s sleep, reduce pain and cherish the cheerful cherry benefits!
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 63 kcal. per 100 grams
INDEX: 50 Calories from: Carb: 55 Protein: 5 Fat: 3