Advantages and Disadvantages of Cherry Fruit

  • March 03, 2024
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Cherry Fruit is a unique fruit that has a high nutritional content. Cherry fruit is readily accessible in the market even though it is not commercially grown in our nation—many individuals plant cherry trees in their gardens or on their roofs as a pastime. Cherry fruit has a lovely appearance and is delicious when eaten. Cherry fruit (as a topping) is used to add beauty and taste to various desserts, cakes, pastries, etc.

This article discusses in detail the nutritional value of cherry fruit and the benefits and harms of eating cherry fruit.
Nutritional value of cherry fruit

Cherries are mostly water, with the rest being carbohydrates and small amounts of protein and fat. In addition, cherries provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

There are numerous species of cherry fruit, and the taste and nutritional value vary slightly from species to species. The nutritional values of the two most popular species of cherry fruit, Prunus ceracus (sweet) and Prunus avium (slightly sour), are shown in the table below.

Nutritional value Prunus ceraceous (sour cherry) Prunus avium (sweet cherry)

Materials Sour Cherry Sweet Cherry
Energy 50 calories 63 calories
Water 86 grams 82 grams
Carbohydrates 12.2 grams 16 grams
Sugar (includes carbohydrates) 8.5 grams 12.8 grams
Fiber (includes carbohydrates) 1.6 g 2.1 g
Protein 1 gram of protein 1.1 grams
Fat 0.3 gm 0.2 gm
Vitamin A 64 micrograms 3 micrograms
Vitamin C 10 mg 7 mg
Potassium 173 mg 222 mg
Manganese 0.112 mg

0.07 mg

The nutritional content of 100 grams of cherry fruit is listed in the above table. In addition to the nutrients already listed, cherries also have trace levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin B, and vitamin K. (Wikipedia, 2023)

Benefits of Eating Cherry Fruit

Cherries contain a lot of antioxidants which play a very beneficial role in health. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help reduce inflammation, prevent premature cell death, and prevent various diseases. For example: diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, etc. (Kubala, 2019)

Cherry Fruit

Beneficial for The Heart

The main cause of heart disease is cholesterol. If the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood increases, the risk of heart disease increases. Especially heart attacks and strokes which are major causes of premature death.

The antioxidant properties of cherries play a role in controlling harmful cholesterol levels, meaning that eating cherries can reduce the risk of heart disease. Cherries also contain potassium, which helps control high blood pressure.

Helps Reduce Pain and Inflammation

The antioxidant properties of cherries play a role in treating the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Cherries are similar to pain relievers (such as ibuprofen) in treating inflammation.

Additionally, consuming cherry fruit or cherry juice after working out or exerting yourself can quickly reduce fatigue, lessen muscle soreness, and improve muscle function.

Aids in Good Sleep

Good sleep is essential for healthy living. Studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of cherries play a role in promoting better sleep. (Kubala, 2019)

Melatonin and other chemicals linked to sleep are released when cherry fruit or cherry juice is consumed before bed (serotonin and tryptophan). (Cleveland Clinic, 2023)

Beneficial for Diabetic Patients

Cherries have a very low glycemic index. That is, the blood sugar level does not increase as a result of eating cherry fruit. Cherry fruit additionally helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Therefore, cherry fruit might be a delicious snack for those who have diabetes.

Beneficial for the Digestive System

Cherries are a fruit that is high in fiber and good for the digestive system. In other words, eating cherry fruit regularly helps digestion, gets rid of constipation, and lowers the chance of colon cancer. Also, regular consumption of cherry fruit (due to the antioxidant properties of cherries) helps in maintaining good liver function.

Keeps Skin and Hair Healthy

Men and women alike put forth equal amounts of effort to keep their skin and hair healthy. Since skin and hair play a significant role in defining a person’s appearance. Eating cherry fruit can be beneficial for keeping skin and hair healthy.

By eating cherry fruit, the skin does not get wrinkles easily (i.e. the tendency of skin aging is reduced), skin roughness is removed, skin brightness and lusciousness is increased, hair fall is prevented, etc.

Increases Immunity

For a healthy lifestyle, the immune system, or the body’s immunological system, is crucial. The vitamins and anti-oxidant properties present in cherries boost immunity. As a result, the tendency to get easily infected and diseased is reduced

Cherry fruit vs blackberry

Caramcha (sour fruit with the scientific name Carissa carandas) and cherry are two completely different fruits. However, the nutritional value of blackcurrant and cherry fruit is almost the same. Like cherries, blackberries are low in calories and contain a lot of antioxidants and vitamin C, which play a very beneficial role in health.

Side Effects

There are no side effects or harmful effects of eating cherry fruit. However, cherry fruit should not be eaten in large quantities. Consuming an excessive amount of cherry fruit—more than 45 pieces per day—can result in diarrhea or stomachaches.

Eating cherry fruit with seeds is unlikely to cause any poisoning or side effects. As with apple seeds, there is a misconception that eating apple seeds can cause poisoning and death. Eating apple seeds or cherry fruit with seeds does not cause poisoning and there is no chance of death.

Amygdalin is a chemical that can be hazardous if ingested in excess and is present in the seeds of apples and cherries. However, apple seeds and cherry fruit seeds contain such a small amount of amygdalin that they cannot cause poisoning or any harmful effects on the human body. So there is no reason to fear unnecessarily.

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