(Family Features) Now more than ever, Americans are aware of health and nutrition and look to their diets as a means to get nutrients naturally. According to top trend forecasters, antioxidants remain a major indicator of health-promoting foods, with nine out of ten of adults aware of antioxidants, and one-third making a strong effort to consume more, according to the study "Mintel 2009; Multi-Sponsor Surveys, 2010."
Known for their powerhouse of antioxidants, tart cherries have emerged as one of today's hottest super fruits. Today there are more than 50 scientific studies specifically on tart cherries, and with the help of leading health expert Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, the cherry industry recently launched "The Red Report," a new scientific look at the power of tart cherries.
"The power of this Super Fruit is undeniable," said Dr. Bazilian, author of "The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients." Dr. Bazilian explains that what is really amazing is how far tart cherries have come over the last few years. "For example, the fruit has long been anecdotally associated with pain relief benefits. Today, there's a strong and significant body of evidence backing that up."
Beyond their health benefits, tart cherries are shaping key nutrition trends. "A growing body of research suggests that the powerful antioxidants in tart cherries are linked to a broad range of benefits - anti-inflammation, heart health, pain relief, exercise recovery and more. Some of the latest reports call out the tart cherry as 'the' Super Fruit to watch," says Dr. Bazilian.
Good Reasons to Eat Red
Available every day of the year in dried, frozen and juice forms, tart cherries can be a powerful way to boost fruit intake and meet current dietary recommendations of two daily fruit servings. Experts suggest consuming 1 to 2 servings of cherries daily can help provide some of the health benefits identified in the research.
Try this flavorful recipe for Honey-Tart Cherry Glazed Salmon with Rustic Tart Cherry Salsa for dinner this week.
Download "The Red Report," find more recipes and tips, or learn more about the health benefits of cherries at www.choosecherries.com.
Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute in partnership with www.SarahsCucinaBella.com