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Tart cherries are a healthy whole fruit that is
high in fiber, potassium, beta carotene, and antioxidants. One-quarter
cup of dried cherries has 15% of the RDA for fiber. Many research
studies have found that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol
and high in fiber are associated with a reduced risk of certain
cancers, diabetes, digestive disorders, and heart disease. Cherries
also contain potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A,
C, B6, E, and folic acid. Tart cherries have virtually no fat
and no sodium. This variety of nutrients in tart cherries translates
into good nutrition. In fact, the nutrient profile of cherries
is hard to beat. Read more
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Juice and Dried Cherries
Tart cherry juice concentrate scored highest of all fruits
and vegetables in recently conducted extensive nutraceutical
evaluations and ORAC testing by Brunswick Laboratories. Read
Cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin,
a potent antioxidant produced naturally by the body's pineal
gland that helps regulate biorhythm and natural sleep patterns.
Experts indicate that just a handful of cherries contain more
melatonin than what is normally found in the blood. Each ounce of King Orchards Cherry Juice Concentrate contains 4910ng of Melatonin. Read
Anthocyanins are natural colorants belonging to a group of
compounds called the flavonoids. They are widely distributed
among fruits, such as cherries, vegetables and flowers. In addition
to their colorful characteristics, anthocyanins possess potent
Cherry Yogurt Smoothie
Here is a great way to enjoy healthful, 100% all-natural
Michigan tart cherry juice.
1 cup non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup tart cherry juice concentrate
1 cup crushed ice
Put yogurt, banana, orange juice, cherry juice concentrate
and crushed ice in the container of an electric blender
or food processor. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 (8-ounce) servings.
Note: This smoothie can be frozen in popsicle containers.
Serve as a frozen treat, or allow to thaw and drink as
TART CHERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE
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