If you are on the lookout for healthy snacks that you can munch instead of potato chips, chocolate or other not-so-healthy foods, consider cherries.
Recently, a friend of mine tried buying cherries to satisfy that need for something to chew without consuming a lot of calories. He found that even natural healthy cherries have their limits. Use your brain when snacking and don’t overdo it.
Twice in recent weeks, this guy ate about a pound of cherries at one sitting. Eating that quantity of food at one sitting is just not a smart idea any way you look at it. He should have known better.
As I say so often on these pages, “Eat less; move more.”
LiveStrong.com notes that, “Cherries are high in quercetin, a flavonoid that offers antioxidant protections against free radicals. A handful may offer you many health benefits, including heart disease and cancer prevention, but eating too many cherries can lead to stomach upset. Large amounts of quercetin may upset your stomach, triggering nausea and vomiting. Stick to a single cup of cherries to determine your threshold for quercetin intake.”
The take-away here is that overeating any food, even a healthy, natural fruit like cherries, can hurt you. Forget the mindless munching and think about portion control. That is one of the keys to getting a handle on your weight.
In the right hand column of this page you will find the portion control tag to read any of a number of posts on that topic.