This post is all about cranberries!
Kind of boring right?
Most people like cranberries sauce at special dinners, but they’re a superfood in their own right and deserve to be the star of the show too.
Cranberries have more than 24 health-supportive phytonutrients! So move over turkey and make room for this delicious fruit.
Health Benefits of Cranberries
Cranberries are part of the Ericaceae plant family (they’re related to blueberries and huckleberries) and even though they haven’t received as much attention as blueberries they have a ton of nutrients that can’t be ignored.
If you ask someone what they think they’re good for it would typically be for Urinary Tract Infection. This is true in some cases, it’s not the only thing cranberries are good for.
For example, cranberries and their juice, have been shown to have some cardiovascular benefits.
Studies show that drinking two to three cups of real cranberry juice a day for about eight to 12 weeks can increase the antioxidant capacity in the bloodstream and decrease levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides helping to decrease the risk of a heart attack. [source]
Please note that in order to get these benefits we have to be drinking real cranberry juice and eating real cranberries.
Craisins and Ocean Spray don’t make the cut as they are considered processed food and contain too much added sugar and inflammatory oils.
This beautiful fruit is also high in fibre (4.06 grams per cup) and low in sugar (if they aren’t dried… ehem Craisins!). Other nutrients include vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin E, copper, and Vitamin K.
I recently got a couple of bags from my vegetable delivery box.
I didn’t have a use for them so I threw them into the freezer and it turns out that’s a great place to store them! Keeping them in the freezer will help preserve their nutritional benefits for up to 12 months.
What’s your favourite way to eat cranberries?
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