How Many Calories in Cherries?
There are only 4 calories (6.8 grams) in a single cherry, but who eats only one cherry?! The number of calories in cherries depends on how you have them served. You can have an entire cup of fresh, sweet cherries for only 74 calories (with pits, 117 grams) in one cup. If fresh, sour, red cherries are more to your liking, count a measly 52 calories (with pits, 103 grams) in one cup. Once the cherries are processed the amount of calories in cherries increase, as with any quả cherry processed fruit. You could pack your cherries in light or heavy syrup or also in water. Some also like to snack on frozen, sweetened. There are about thousands of different types of cherries, but are categorized in two groups: sweet and sour. Some of the more popular types of cherries are:
Maraschino – 165 calories/100 grams.
Black – 120 calories/250 grams.
Bing – 57 calories/173 grams.
Rainier – 90 calories/140 grams.
Health and Nutrition Benefits
Cherries are full of anthocyanins, another word for antioxidants. The anthocyanins in cherries produce essential amino acids for the body, protecting cells from damaging aging, dangerous effects of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation. They are also a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent due to the anthocyanins. This natural anti-inflammatory is believed to help reduce the risk of many types of cancer also. Melatonin is also found in cherries. Melatonin is a natural pain reliever, but also helps regulate sleep cycles. Like many other fruits, cherries are full of vitamin C and are rich in dietary fiber. Diets high in vitamin C and dietary fiber help reduce the risks of cancer. Cherries are also known to help lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels.
How to Store
For best storage, store fresh cherries in the refrigerator. Be sure to store them in a sturdy bowl as cherries bruise easily. Cover the bowl with a loose plastic wrap or a clean tea towel to prevent cherries from drying out but still allows air flow to prevent mold.
Cherries may also be frozen. First you must rinse and pit the cherries. Second, place the cherries on a cookie sheet, single layered. Put the cookie sheet of cherries in the freezer until frozen. Once the cherries are frozen solid, put them in a zip-lock freezer bag and store in freezer until you are ready to eat them.
Healthy Snack Recipe
2 cups unsweetened 100% black cherry juice
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
1-2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2/3 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1cup halved, pitted fresh cherries
Pour 1/2 cup cherry juice in a medium size bowl. Pour gelatin over juice and let stand for 1 minute. Boil the remaining 1 Â½ cups cherry juice in a small saucepan. Pour in boiled cherry juice into gelatin/cherry juice mix. Add sugar and whisk ingredients until gelatin is completely dissolved. Mix yogurt into bowl until thoroughly combined into mixture. Pour in the pitted cherries into the bowl and stir until the cherries are spread evenly throughout. Refrigerate about 4 hours. This recipe is for 4 servings, 133 calories per serving.