cancer, enhance sleep and help prevent macular
degeneration, an eye disorder.
Given how good cherries and other fruits
taste, it’s hard to figure out why we don’t incorporate enough in our daily diets. But it’s clear from
the new “MyPyramid Plan,” the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s (USDA) official eating guide, that
grains, vegetables and fruit are the foundation for
a healthy diet. If you’re interested in finding out
exactly how much of each food group is best for
you, the USDA offers a convenient calculator that
gives recommended portions based on age, size
and activity level. The calculator can be found at
Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control
features an online calculator that can help you
determine exactly how much fruit and vegetables you should consume, based on age,
gender and activity level. See the calculator at
As you are planning your own ideal food
program, be sure to make cherries part of your
fruit plate. The summer crop is just arriving
Nature’s good-for-you treat
IT’S AN UNFORTUNATE THING, but treats
that you really like are often not very healthy.
For example, have you ever been advised to eat
more ice cream or cotton candy?
Cherries are a delicious exception—a
refreshing treat from nature that is actually
good for you. Nutritionists are constantly
urging us to eat more fruit and vegetables,
and cherries just happen to be an easy way
to do that.
What’s good about cherries? One cup has
just 90 calories, and no fat or cholesterol.
Cherries are an excellent source of antioxidants,
fiber and vitamin C. Antioxidants are important because they’re believed to promote cardiovascular health, protect the body against
The Costco Connection
Costco carries a variety of delicious, fresh
sweet red and Rainier cherries at various
times throughout the year, thanks to the ability
to source from growing areas in the United
States and elsewhere in the world.
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