Merry Cranberries!

Cranberries aren’t just for yuletide festivities…they’re good for your health too!cranberries

– 100 grams of fresh cranberries contain 22% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

– Dried cranberries have the same nutritional value as fresh cranberries but commercial drying processes reduce the amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

– Dried cranberries contain no cholesterol, saturated or trans fats.

– Polyphenols (antioxidants) in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

– Proanthocyanidins (principal polyphenols in red wine) can benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to your teeth.

– Sailors used to carry cranberries aboard their ships to ward off scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.

– Cranberries help reduce the adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract’s walls. This is particularly in people with recurrent urinary tract infections.

– For a delicious, healthy twist, include fresh or dried cranberries in your favourite muffin, cookie or bread recipe!

– Add cranberries to your oatmeal for a tart kick! For yummy oatmeal ideas, flip to page (insert page number).

 

By Susan Lau

References:

Medical News Today; Unites States Department of Agriculture

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