Do you remember the saying “an apple a day to keep the doctor away”? Countless individuals grew up hearing and living by that simple saying.
So now is a good time to consider adding another health mantra to your memory and it is “cherries can help you manage healthy sugar levels”
According to the recently published research in the American Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, there is a connection between the ruby red tart cherry and maintaining health blood sugar levels.
One of the benefits of the tart cherry is it ranks a mere 55 on the glycemic index. This simply means it will not spike blood sugar levels after consumption when compared to other foods including cupcakes and chocolate cake.
How Can the Tart Cherry Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels?
Tart cherries, Michigan-grown Montmorency tart cherries, are a natural source of powerful phytochemicals known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are the underlying chemical that is responsible for giving this fruit its red color. In addition, the presence of the anthocyanins also turns the color of the green leaves of summer to the blazing orange, red and purple during the fall months.
So how are these two interrelated to assist with maintaining health blood sugar levels? One of the leading research universities have discovered that anthocyanins can assist with maintaining healthy insulin production by at least 50%. However, since this research was conducted in an insolated situation, the end benefit of the anthocyanins if used daily may probably be slightly less then the results in the reported in the study.
Either way, if cherry-based anthocyanins help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, it is great news for those interested in healthy blood sugar levels. This includes my own father, who was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes several years ago.
The good news is an increasing number of doctors and dietitians are recommending cherries for helping with healthy blood sugar levels. In fact, dietitian diets include the recommendation of daily consumption of about 100 grams of cherries. The real great news is that tart cherries are a natural product, similar to an apple, is you can enjoy several servings of this red fruit nearly as much as you desire.
Diabetes, Tart Cherry Juice, Low Sugar Diets and More!
Thanks to the dedicated work of food scientists, we are able to look inside of the tart cherry and better understand how the Montmorency tart cherry and maintaining healthy blood sugar lowers are related. It is important for those with diabetes to enjoy a low sugar diet and tart cherries are naturally low in sugar.
However, one of the greatest challenges facing those looking to maintain healthy blood sugar levels with tart cherries is the fresh fruit is only available a few weeks of the year.
This is during the short summer harvest season from mid-July to mid-August. Also, fresh tart cherries are a perishable fruit and do not store fresh very well. It can be frustrating for those looking to get the natural health benefits year-round. Fortunately, there are several other options to choose from including
- Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
- Dried Cherries
- Tart Cherry Capsules
- Tart Cherry Powder
- And More...
Check out some of the additional options below:
Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate: Did you know it takes the juice of approximately 100 tart cherries to make just one ounce of the Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate. Packed with naturally occurring anti-oxidants, anthocyanins and more. Packed in glass bottles to prevent plastic leaching and the only tart cherry juice concentrate to offer a sediment-free guarantee. Never imported from China, Turkey or Poland.
Tart Cherry Capsules: Made with the whole cherry so you get the skin, the pulp and the juice of the fruit in every dosage. Delivers 5x the specific antioxidant powder of the tart cherry juice concentrate per serving.
Dried Cherries: Enjoy with breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also offer no-added sugar dried tart cherries for those looking to reduce their sugar intake naturally.
Cherry Salsa: Nationally Award Winning Cherry Salsa. If it has won a national food award, you know it has to be good!
Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 Diabetes is when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. This is often referred to as insulin resistance. In addition, Type-2 is also associated with inflammation in the body.
Type 1 Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes can be diagnosed in both children and young adults. According to published research, it is estimated 5% of individuals with diabetes have Type-1 diabetes.
Cherry Desserts Recipe For Diabetics and Those Watching Their Sugar Intake:
Check out these great tasting cherry recipes for diabetics.
1 c. dried tart cherries
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. oatmeal
1 tbsp. sugar substitute
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Boil dried cherries and water. Add other ingredients. Bake in a loaf pan at 350 degrees about 45 minutes or until done.
1 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. dried tart cherries
3/4 c. margarine
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/3 c. brown sugar substitute, suitable for baking
2 c. oatmeal
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. raisins
1/4 c. nuts
Mix applesauce, margarine, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar substitute well; add the remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
TURKEY - STUFFING LOAF
4 tsp. margarine
1 c. dried tart cherries
2 sm. apples, pared & diced
1/2 c. each shredded carrot, diced onion, celery, green bell pepper
13 oz. ground turkey
4 slices bread, cubed
1/2 c. plain low fat yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. each poultry seasoning & salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In non-stick skillet, heat margarine until hot. Add apples and vegetables and saute, stirring constantly until apples are soft. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Spray a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan with Pam, transfer turkey mixture to pan. Bake until set, 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Or cook in microwave about 15 minutes. Makes 4 servings. Nutritive Note: Serve size + 1/4 loaf. 330 calories; 33 g. cho; 27 g. pro; 594 mg. sodium; 201 mg. chol.