Health officials are urging Americans to avoid cherys for its health-threatening effects on the immune system and heart.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it is recommending that consumers avoid eating cherries.
The agency’s decision came after a study found that people with a high rate of allergic reactions to cherries were more likely to develop heart disease, congestive heart failure and stroke.
The FDA said the study’s results suggest that the foods contain high levels of the compound that makes cherries toxic.
The food industry is trying to convince Americans that eating cherys is healthier than eating eggs and dairy products.
A recent study in The Wall Street Journal found that consumers with the highest levels of allergies to cherys were more than twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
The study did not show a link between allergies and heart disease.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.