I have recently discovered the joys of eating fresh cherries. Believe it or not, I spent my first 50 something years thinking a maraschino cherry was the real deal. Not even close!
Today I read a piece by Joel Marion, a fitness writer, that gave me even more reasons to keep cherries on hand.
“You’ve probably heard the tip that if you’re interested in losing weight, it’s a good idea to eat slowly and chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing,” says Joel. “Doing so allows your brain and body to actually sense that it’s full, instead of cramming a bunch of food down your throat only to find out 30 minutes later that you’re WAY stuffed.”
With cherries, you can’t just pop 30 in your mouth in two minutes like you could, and probably often do, with grapes or blueberries. Instead, the pits force you to eat them slowly, allowing your satiation sensors to chime in a prevent you from over-indulging.
So that’s reason #1 – built in portion control.
Reason #2, and it’s a BIG one, is that cherries have the LOWEST glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source—period.
Scoring at a ridiculously low – 22, you can even snack on cherries in the evening without much detriment as their effect on insulin is minimal at best. Again, it’s not late-night eating that’s the problem, it’s eating the wrong foods (those that cause a substantial rise in fat-loss halting insulin) in evening hours that is.
So next time you’re in the mood for a sweet, satiating snack, reach for a small bowl of cherries and enjoy the goodness. My favorites are the Rainier cherries which are grown in Washington State. They are a cross between the Bing and Van varieties and are sweeter than most cherries.
Unfortunately the cherry picking season is coming to an end, but cherries will be on my grocery list from June through August from now on!