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Cherry Nutrition Benefits

By Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., "Choose Cherries," May/June 2012

Learn about the health benefits of cherries, from a better night's rest to a trimmer tummy to managing certain diseases.


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When scientists at the University of Michigan Health System put rats on a high-fat diet supplemented with either a tart-cherry powder (equal to 1% of the weight of their total diet) or the same number of calories from carbohydrate, those that got the cherry powder gained less weight and body fat. Why? The anthocyanins in tart cherries activate a molecule that helps rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage.

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