Cherries: Benefits And Harms

Cherry is a low-calorie berry native to the Ukrainian countryside. It ripens in June. The calorie content of cherries is only 52 kcal per 100 grams of the product. But this is not the only advantage that makes you want to try it today!

Useful properties of cherries

Cherries are very rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.


  • Glucose – 5.5%.
  • Fructose – 4.5%.
  • Sucrose – 0.3%.


  • Copper.
  • Iron.
  • Potassium.
  • Calcium.
  • Phosphorus.
  • Magnesium.
  • Sodium.
  • Zinc.

The vegetable fiber in cherries is 0.5%. There are 0.8 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of fat, and 11.3 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams of the product.

Organic acids in cherries account for up to 2% of the product (the average level is 1.3%) and are represented mainly by malic acid (up to 1.2%).

In general, cherries contain the following natural acids:

  • Citric acid.
  • Malic acid
  • Salicylic acid.
  • Acetic acid.
  • Succinic acid.
  • Lactic acid.
  • Formic acid.

Cherry is a berry full of useful vitamins. Among the most famous and useful vitamins cherries contain are the following: A, C, E, PP, and B9.

Cherry seeds contain 25-35% fatty oils, 0.16% essential oils, and amygdalin, which produces a powerful acid when broken down, which is why eating cherry pits is strongly discouraged.

Cherry improves digestion and metabolism, promotes the breakdown of fats, and is therefore useful for those who want to lose extra pounds. By itself, it does not have fat-burning properties, but in combination, it is a great helper in this matter.

Eating cherries helps to stabilize the cardiovascular system, improves the state of the nervous system, calms, regulates sleep, and improves mood.

It also strengthens capillaries and relieves fatigue.

Cherries are also great for cleansing the body, in particular, because they contain a lot of antioxidants. Cherries have anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, as well as cleanse the liver, and remove toxins from the body.

Contraindications for eating cherries

However, don’t forget that cherries also have negative effects, so be careful. Cherries are contraindicated for those with high acidity of gastric juice and stomach ulcers. Chronic lung disease, obesity, digestive tract disorders, and a tendency to diarrhea are also contraindications.

Also, excessive consumption of cherries can negatively affect the condition of tooth enamel. To prevent this undesirable effect, remember to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after eating this berry.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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