Health Watch - Heart Health: Cherries

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about heart health, in honor of National Heart Month. When you think about foods that are good for your heart, you may think about things such as salads and oat bran, but there are some sweet treats that are also good for your heart. For instance, cherries.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says cherries are particularly high in a natural anti-inflammatory compound that could lower the risk for heart disease. Processing concentrates this compound, so cherry juice and other processed cherry products contain even more than fresh cherries. You can find cherries year-round in fresh, frozen, dried and juice forms, so it’s easy to add this sweet treat to your diet. Just make sure you’re not getting a lot of added sugar in cherry products. Apples are another good source of this anti-inflammatory compound.

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February 2009

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