This time of year fresh cranberries are readily available in local markets, however, there is so much more to these delicious berries than just being a simple side dish at the family Thanksgiving table. Cranberries have a myriad of health benefits–this fruit is high in antioxidants and other phytochemicals which may offer protection against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins which prevent the adhesion of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI), gum disease, and stomach ulcers. These berries may also help in slowing the aging process. According to recent studies at Tufts University, fruits and vegetables with high ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) may offer the brain protection against free radical damage resulting in loss of memory and coordination. Cranberries have a high score of 1750 ORAC units per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of fresh fruit, making them a potent addition to any antiaging arsenal.
This mighty little fruit is always a welcome addition to any meal. Check out this video for a great way to prepare cranberries this holiday season–or any time!
Author: Susan Taylor, RD, LD
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