Cherries are a nutrient-packed, flavorful fruit, high in fiber, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Together, these nutrients can benefit blood pressure control, digestive health, and heart health among other things. A lot of people take omega 3 (fish oil) and/or omega 6 supplements for these health benefits. However, these fatty acids are readily found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices in addition to seafood. So save a few dollars and get these nutrients through foods such as cherries as opposed to buying extra supplements. Cherries aren’t only delicious added to desserts. They serve as a great addition to numerous meals such as salads, cereal, and chicken salad.
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.