Food Q & A: Take 20 cherries and call me in the morning

July 06, 1999

We recently published a little story about the health benefits of cherries. Reader Jean Ambrose of Shepherdstown, W.Va., called to ask for more details.

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Researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., looked at tart cherries, which sometimes are called pie cherries or sour cherries and generally are canned or frozen, not usually sold fresh.

The pain-relieving chemicals in tart cherries are the same ones that provide color.

Antioxidant protection comparable to that found in commercial supplements, such as vitamins E and C, may be provided by tart cherries. There are 12 to 25 milligrams of active antioxidant compounds in 20 tart cherries.

A daily dose of about 20 tart cherries could reduce inflammatory pain and provide antioxidant protection.

A pill made from tart cherries may be available in the future.

For a free brochure with recipes, send a postcard with your name, address and ZIP code to:

Cherry Marketing Institute
P.O. Box 30285 Dept. WB
Lansing, Mich. 48909-7785

e-mail or on the Web.

- Kate Coleman, Staff Writer

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