Updated 26 February 2013


Cherries contain the powerful antioxidant anthocyadin.

Cherries contain the powerful antioxidant anthocyadin. Cherries are believed to relieve gout if at least 225 g are eaten daily. They are also thought to have a mild laxative action.

Although fresh cherries have a very short season, cherries that have been bottled, canned or cooked seem to retain their beneficial qualities.

Cherries can be eaten freely.

Calories 39
Potassium 170 mg
Vitamin C 9 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Starch 0
Sugars 12 g
Protein 1 g
Fat < 1 g
Glycaemic index low
Per 100g fresh

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