Check Your Health: Why Utah cherries are good for you

Check Your Health: Why Utah cherries are good for you (KUTV)

(KUTV) Cherries contain, among others, the phytochemical anthocyanin which helps to provide protection against heart disease & heart attacks, high blood pressure, cancer (specifically colon, lung, and skin cancers), and age-related memory loss.

But that's not all.

Sour cherries contain additional Vitamin A. They have been extensively studied for their role in decreasing inflammation (including gout-related inflammation), improving immune function, and benefitting eye-sight. Additionally, tart cherries contain a natural source of melatonin and can aid in restful sleep.

Cherries are also a delicious, hunger-stopping snack – a good portion of 20 sweet cherries contains just 100 calories while packing a full 4 grams of satiating fiber and a wonderful dose of Vitamin C.

Choose firm, red cherries with stem attached. Store sweet cherries in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (sour cherries no more than 5 days). Try them pitted and frozen for a cold, refreshing treat! Eat whole cherries more often than cherry juice.