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Sweet healer: health benefits of cherries and how to choose the main summer berry
Sweet healer: health benefits of cherries and how to choose the main summer berry

Sweet cherries contain many antioxidants and vitamins. In addition, it is low in calories. Indeed, even in the sweetest varieties of it, there is a lot of water.

On the other hand, sweet cherries can lead to serious food poisoning. How to avoid it and choose a quality berry - learned the journalists of the program "Morning with Inter" and share it with the readers of "Edinstvennaya".

How to choose quality cherries

Quality cherries are shiny. If its surface is matte, it is a bad sign: when growing, they overdid it with chemicals.

At home, it is easy enough to check whether cherries are processed with chemicals or not. Take a few berries (it’s not a pity!) And pour boiling water over it. Be sure to close the container tightly and leave it on for a few minutes. Now let's open it. The smell will answer all our questions: if it is pleasant, the cherry is clean. If it was treated with chemicals, you will immediately feel it.

Cherries on the table
Cherries on the table

But in this case, do not worry: you can get rid of nitrates! First, rinse the cherries under running hot water - a few minutes will be enough. Then fill it with saline. A teaspoon of salt per liter of water. And leave it on for 15 minutes. Don't worry, the berry won't turn salty. But nitrates and worms, if any, will be neutralized.

Soft or firm?

What to choose - soft or firm berries? Better is the last option. Because they have more fiber.

Cherries give a sense of energy. It helps you lose weight: despite the fact that it is sweet, it is a low-calorie berry. In addition, sweet cherries have strong detoxifying properties. And for people with liver diseases, cherries are irreplaceable

- explains nutritionist Oksana Skitalinskaya.

Cherries on the table
Cherries on the table

The benefits of cherries

Fresh cherries are the best bowel cleansers. A berry can be considered fresh, which after harvesting is stored for no more than three days. As for the varieties, it is better to give preference to red cherries. The most useful is considered a dark red, almost black berry. But for allergy sufferers it is better to opt for yellow.

If a person suffers from allergies, he needs to choose the lightest cherry. But on the other hand, a very black cherry, the darkest, contains a large amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are what keeps our body young

- says gastroenterologist Larisa Boychenko.

During the season, you can eat up to half a kilogram of cherries every day, because this is an excellent sorbent. The main thing is to feast on it in the morning.

Cherries on the table
Cherries on the table

Nutrition rules

Also, Oksana Skitalinskaya reminds that very tasty and healthy drinks can be prepared from cherries. Just mash a few berries, add water and drink this water all day. But you shouldn't leave cherries for dessert! This berry does not like the neighborhood. You need to consume it only an hour after the main meal. Then the cherries will only benefit.

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