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Health Benefits of Cranberries

We often think of cranberries as a Thanksgiving side dish. However, this antioxidant-rich berry can offer health benefits year-round. Learn more about this delicious berry and the best ways to use it from our resident dietitian.

 

We often think of cranberries as a Thanksgiving side dish. However, this antioxidant-rich berry can offer health benefits year-round. Cranberries are best known for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections. The photochemical anthocyanins in the tiny berry block the binding of bacteria to the bladder, which causes UTI pain. This same antioxidant protects against cavity formation in your teeth by keeping bacteria development at bay.

Cranberries are most commonly enjoyed dried or juiced. However, if you purchase cranberry juice, be sure that it is 100% juice. You can add more nutrient-rich berries to your diet by enjoying 1/4 cup of dried fruit as a snack or making your smoothies with 100% cranberry juice. Fresh cranberries are great for baking. When sliced or cut, they can be added to sweet breads, muffins, pancakes, and cakes. Compotes and relishes are also a wonderful way to incorporate cranberries into your meal plan. Every fruit in the berry family is fiber-rich and loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants. As you think about your holiday meals and beyond, consider adding more fresh or frozen berries.

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