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Heart Health: Choose Cherries
Studies conducted by the University of Michigan revealed:
- A cherry-enriched diet reduced markers of inflammation, belly fat in animals by 14 percent, total cholesterol levels by 11 percent.
- Consuming a reasonable amount of cherries could lead to increased antioxidant activity in the human body, which could have a positive impact on reducing risk factors for heart disease and inflammation.
I love the sweet-tart taste of cherries and often throw frozen cherries into my oatmeal (put them in frozen and micro with dry oatmeal and milk). I also love them dried and use them in trail mix or just by themselves for a tart little treat. They are available year round as dried, frozen or as juice.
Now you can learn how to add a pop of color and a dose of heart health to your daily diet by tuning in to a LIVE cooking demo at choosecherries.com at 1 pm EST on Wednesday, Feb. 17. My fellow Registered Dietitian Keri Glassman will show you how easy it is to choose cherries and you can follow along with her simple-to-prepare cherry recipes and cooking tips. And, for every person who tunes in to the class, the Cherry Marketing Institute will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to the American Heart Association. Now that’s a reason to eat red!