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Why Everyone’s Sweet on Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are enjoying a moment in the media sweet spot, hailed for their health benefits, including their usefulness in curtailing post-workout muscle pain and inflammation. They provide a healthy alternative to over-the-counter pain relief and may work on headaches, too, the Seattle Times observed. U.S. News dubbed the fruit “the newest post-workout superfood.”

Tart cherries aren’t new to the list of kitchen staples Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of and author of Read It Before You Eat It, recommends exploring for their health benefits.

“Tart cherries have been shown to reduce inflammation, targeting conditions like osteoarthritis and gout…like Mother Nature’s painkillers!” Taub-Dix (@bonnietaubdix on Instagram) tells Healthy Eats.

While sweet cherries, which contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids and antioxidants, also offer benefits, most research underscores the anti-inflammatory qualities of tart cherries, Taub-Dix notes. Not only can they help with post-exercise muscle...

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