Have a Craving for Cranberries?
Did you know that cranberries are one of only three fruits that are native to North America? Of course, no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without this tart and tangy fruit, but because it has so much to offer, it is a shame to only feature this super-food during the holidays. Available in a variety of different forms including fresh, frozen, dried, juice and sauce, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
At only 50 calories per cup (raw), cranberries are low in calories and sodium and are naturally free of fat and cholesterol and are rich in many nutrients including fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to boost our immune function and can protect our body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Research indicates that the nutrients found in cranberries can help reduce risk for urinary tract infections by preventing E. coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and multiplying. These same nutrients in cranberries may also help to inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers. Cranberries also promote heart health and may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up on artery walls and can lead to serious health problems like heart attack or stroke.
When shopping for fresh cranberries, choose those that are firm and not shriveled or decayed. Cranberries can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 months or frozen in an airtight container for up to a year.
For a delicious cranberry recipe, try this one for Cranberry Orange-Glazed Pork Roast.
Source: www.cranberryinstitute.org and www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com