Cherries, whether dried or raw, contain a lot of carbs. Cherries are one of those fruits that contain a lot of sugar, in fact, cherries are one of the highest ranked fruits on the glycemic index because of the carb ratio.
In one sweet cherry there is one gram of carbohydrate and in just over 3 ounces of sweet cherries with the pits there are about 15 grams of carbs. That is a lot of carbohydrates and a result of the amount of sugar found in the tasty fruit. It is no wonder that cherries are not recommended for those suffering from diabetes or other insulin related issues.
The glycemic index is determined by the amount of sugar or carbs found in the food source. Since cherries have a lot of carbs and sugar the glycemic index number is high, ranking 22. It is not recommended for those watching their sugar intake and needing to keep the carb content low.
While cherries are recommended as a good source of antioxidants because of the amount of vitamin C found in the fruit, eating a large number can spike blood sugar. Cherries also contain phytonutrients, which are helpful in combating cancer and protecting cells against toxins. Cherries do contain vitamin A and other minerals that are helpful in boosting the immune system and keeping the body healthy and strong.
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