Health Watch - Valentine's Day: Cherries

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about love, sweet things and other matters of the heart, in recognition of Valentine’s Day. Previously, we discussed the surprising health benefits of some kinds of chocolate. For an even more nutritious sweet treat to enjoy with your sweetheart, try cherries.

Cherries are not only tasty and a nice red color appropriate for the holiday, they’re also a super fruit that can help protect you against heart disease and diabetes. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says cherries are high in a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compound called quercetin. This compound is found in fresh, frozen and dried cherries and cherry juice. Processing concentrates quercetin, so you’ll get twice as much in juice or other processed forms of cherries that you can enjoy even when fresh cherries aren’t in season.

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February 2010

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