Fresh cherries are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, flavonoids that slow aging, fiber and melatonin to help regulate the body’s sleep patterns. Unless you have a cherry allergy, it’s unlikely that cherries will cause serious health concerns. However, eating too much of a good thing can have unpleasant side effects, especially if you are over 50.
If you are a fan of cherries and love to have a handful or two with morning meal, here’s three reasons why you should pass on cherries in the morning:
A single cup of cherries contains 3 grams of fiber, which is good if you need it. It’s also a source of quercetin, a flavonoid that offers antioxidant protection against free radicals. However, large amounts of quercetin may upset your stomach, triggering nausea and vomiting. And, too much fiber can lead to stomach bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. Even if you are eating cherries to relieve occasional constipation, it’s generally recommended that you not eat more than one cup of cherries in a single day to avoid an upset stomach.
Cherries are rich in nutrients, but they are also high in sugar. A single cup of pitted cherries comes close to 100 calories with 20 g of sugar. Eating too many of them can derail your weight loss efforts if you’re not careful. If you have blood sugar issues, such as type 2 diabetes, then this fruit is a definite no-go.
Cherries are one of the ‘dirty dozen’ fruits and vegetables most likely to contain pesticides. Cherries are quick to absorb toxic pesticides, which then get absorbed into your body after eating them. Children, pregnant women, sick people and the elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of pesticides than others according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
Overindulging on any food, even a healthy, natural fruit like cherries, can have a negative effect on your health. Play it safe, and always keep portions in moderation.