What are the nutritional properties of black cherries?

The cherries are the fruits of Prunus Cerasus , a plant that belongs to the family Rosaceae . There are over 250 varieties, only a few of them are marketed.Of red color and dimensions that can reach 2 cm, in Italy they ripen in summer: they begin to be harvested in early June but the ripening month is that of July .They can be transformed into jams and syrups or preserved in syrup .

What are the nutritional properties of black cherries?

In 100 grams of black cherries there is an intake of about 42 calories , divided as follows: 92% carbohydrates and 8% proteins. Lipids are practically absent.

In the same quantity there are also:

  • 7 mg of vitamin C
  • 0.4 g of vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • 0.05 g of vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • 0.03 g of vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • 24 µg of  vitamin A
  • 114 mg of  potassium
  • 17 mg of phosphorus
  • 15 mg of calcium
  • 2 mg of sodium
  • 0.4 mg of iron.

 

In these fruits there are coumarin derivatives , a typical glycoside , flavonoids and numerous molecules with antioxidant activity , including kempferol and quercetin. Among the latest molecules identified in the fruit is cyanidin-3-glycoside , a molecule that appears to be associated with improving hyperglycemia and insulin sensitivity.

 

When should you not eat sour cherries?

There are no known interactions between the consumption of black cherries and the intake of drugs or other substances . Indeed, black cherry juice is often used to mask the bad taste of some medicines.

 

What are the possible benefits of black cherries?

The black cherries seem to have strong anti – inflammatory properties – even ten times more active than aspirin – and antioxidants and would not produce unwanted side effects.

The presence of anthocyanins would be linked to an antioxidant action capable of inhibiting the growth of tumors, counteracting the onset of cardiovascular diseases and, in some cases, delaying the aging processes.

What are the contraindications for black cherries?

There are no known contraindications to the consumption of black cherries , which seem to be a safe food even from a toxicological point of view (apart from the case in which there is contamination by patulin , which is a mycotoxin)

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