Experts have recommended tart cherries as a potent means to add variety, flavor and unique health benefits to a daily menu and help beat America's "Fruit Fatigue."
According to experts, eating a variety of rich-colored fruits is essential for an overall healthy diet, but most Americans are falling far short of the daily recommended consumption of fruit as only one in five Americans is currently getting the recommended 1 to 2 cups of fruit each day.
"It's challenging to get the recommended amount of fruit, and a variety of fruit, so finding new ways to incorporate fruit in your daily eating plan is key to fighting what I call "Fruit Fatigue,"" Elizabeth Ward, author of 'How to Feed Yourself and Your Family Better,' said.
"The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA's MyPlate icon encourage Americans to "make half their plate fruits and vegetables," and to do that we need to think about variety, taste and form when focused on fruit," she stated.
Tart cherries have a unique sweet-tart taste that can help fight the "Fruit Fatigue" and the powerful antioxidants in them have been linked to anti-inflammatory benefits, along with being a good source of much-needed potassium.
"As a dietitian whose goal is to help improve America's health and nutrition, I know that people need a variety of fruit every day, but getting the fruit they need should be easy, like choosing tart cherries," she added.