YAKIMA, Wa - Northwest Cherry Growers are conducting a study to better understand the health benefits of cherries.
A similar study has just been completed with tart cherries which are grown in Michigan. That study showed dried cherries and cherry juice are rich in antioxidants that help to fight cancer and heart disease.
Northwest Cherry Growers say they're encouraged by those results because the sweet cherries grown in Washington have many similar qualities. They also believe health benefits help with sales.
"People who are looking through the produce department are looking to find something that they not only enjoy, but that's also good and healthy for their family... That counter acts major health problems in the US," says Andrew Willies, Promotions Director of Northwest Cherry Growers, "People are looking to address this through their diet."
Willis says results from the health study for the sweet cherries should be out some time in late March.