Although some experts are touting ‘sour cherries’ as the next superfruit, is it really time to begin rolling out pastry for a health-boosting pie?
According to a report in Clinical Advisor, a growing body of ‘evidence’ has connected the tart cherry with wellbeing benefits, including reduced arthritic pain, and heart health.
The report says tart cherries contain several potent antioxidants including anthocyanins (the ones that give the cherries their rich, distinctive color).
However, Sylvia Turner, from the British Dietetic Association, disputes whether any one ‘food’ is any more super than another.
“The term ‘superfood’ is a great marketing tool and cherries can quite often come at a premium in terms of price. But those of us who are watching the purse strings can rest assured that vitamin C and a range of other antioxidants can be found in a number of foods.”
Turner explains that all fruits and vegetables have antioxidant properties, which means their consumption helps to mop up free radicals - the atoms we are exposed to on a daily basis that can contribute to some of the UK’s biggest killers - including strokes, heart disease and cancer.
But don’t turn your back on consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as cherries, altogether.
“Eating produce you might not have been exposed to over the winter months will help you benefit from a range of different antioxidants, in the form of various polyphenols and anthocyanins,” says Turner.
“In addition cherries just like other fruits and vegetables provide small amounts of most of the vitamins and minerals essential for everyday good health.”
Since the advent of low-carb diet fads, the reputation of the humble potato has taken a serious dive among the health-conscious. But while the simple spud might not count as one of your five-a-day, it is packed with potassium, which helps to counteract the negative effects of salt. It was also found in a recent study that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/09/01/is-the-humble-potato-the-new-superfood_n_945208.html" target="_hplink">eating a portion of potato twice a day can lower blood pressure</a>, while a separate study identified 60 different types of phytochemicals and vitamins in potato skins.
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We're not suggesting gorging yourself on family-sized bars of Dairy Milk but when eaten regularly, a small quantity of dark chocolate (with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids) can benefit your health in a number of ways. As well as being packed with antioxidants, it can reduce blood pressure and is a rich source of magnesium, which may help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It also contains iron and potassium, linked to a reduced risk of blood pressure and stroke. Hello Green & Blacks...
Peanut ButterFrom decreasing depression in women and lowering prostate risk in men to protecting against skin cancer and reducing stroke risk, your daily latte might not be as guilty a pleasure as you think.
It may have a higher fat content than your average spread, but peanut butter is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and low in saturated fat. Harvard Medical School researchers found that regularly snacking on peanut butter could nearly halve the risk of a heart attack. The spread is also high in protein, fibre and folate.
From <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/02/starbucks-stronger-coffee-british-latte_n_1315815.html#s747405&title=5_Health_Benefits" target="_hplink">decreasing depression in women and lowering prostate risk in men to protecting against skin cancer and reducing stroke risk</a>, your daily latte might not be as guilty a pleasure as you think.
The fiery condiment and Sunday roast staple is thought to improve digestion and boost liver function. It is also a rich source of iron and magnesium for energy production and calcium for healthy teeth and bones.