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November 01, 2007

This Antioxidant Powerhouse Is in Season

By Worker Bee
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Cranberries. We’re not talking about the aluminum can hunk of gel on your grandmother’s Thanksgiving table. We’re talking about fresh cranberries, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant sources! Fresh, tart cranberries are in season right now and can be found at great prices in many stores.

Cranberries promote urinary tract health, but they are also good for the gastrointestinal tract and the mouth. Recent studies have shown they may play a role in helping to reduce the risk of kidney stones, as well as lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. Not too shabby for this sour little fruit!

Cranberries contain anthocyanadins, potent antioxidants also found in blueberries and pomegranates. As you know, antioxidants fight inflammation and free radical oxidation in your body. Translation: they help prevent aging, disease, and health problems! Cranberries also contain plenty of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. You can stew fresh berries, or pit them and dice them up into salads, or reduce them into a delicious topping for pork, duck, turkey or other meats. Aaron will be bringing you a cranberry recipe later today, so stay tuned!

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Source: World’s Healthiest Foods

Further Reading:

Berries for breakfast (and other tasty breakfast ideas)
A visual guide to antioxidants (fridge-friendly!)

The smartest foods for your body

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Sonagi
Sonagi
8 years 10 months ago

Cranberries are beautiful but way too tart to be eaten alone. I sweeten my homemade sauce with apple juice.

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8 years 10 months ago

[…] an incredible source of antioxidants and other stuff we’re think is probably good, this […]

Marcus
8 years 10 months ago

The “berry” fruits are topping it when it comes to antioxidants. I read recently that the fruits with the highest antioxidant activities were (in order) blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, prunes and raspberries, etc. I love frozen cranberries and blueberries, together with yogurt and raisins.

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[…] Smart snack tip: cranberries are naturally antibacterial – eat […]

Warren
Warren
8 years 10 months ago

I don’t doubt that cranberries have lots of antioxidants, but how do you eat them without adding a lot of sugar to them? I think some people reading about the benefits of cranberries will grab the dried, sweetened ones in the grocery store without realizing how much sugar/corn syrup comes with them.

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Garrett
Garrett
5 years 9 months ago

Am I the only one who likes raw cranberries? I eat 20-30 a day in groups of 10. Love that they’re in season right now.

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[…] Cranberries are a challenging fruit. On one hand, they’re loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese and are good for urinary tract and gastrointestinal health. On the other hand, the word “tart” is an understatement. But instead of considering this a drawback, think of cranberries as the ultimate palate cleanser. The tangy, tart flavor is a refreshing break when you’re eating heavy holiday food. If you accept cranberries for what they are and stop trying to change them by dumping tons sugar on top, you might be surprised by how addictive they become. […]

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4 years 9 months ago

[…] Cranberries  are a challenging fruit. On one hand, they’re loaded with antioxidants, vitamin  C, vitamin K and manganese and are good for urinary tract and gastrointestinal  health. On the other hand, the word “tart” is an understatement. But instead of  considering this a drawback, think of cranberries as the ultimate palate  cleanser. The tangy, tart flavor is a refreshing break when you’re eating heavy  holiday food. If you accept cranberries for what they are and stop trying to  change them by dumping tons sugar  on top, you might be surprised by how addictive they become. […]

Susan
Susan
3 years 8 months ago

I buy up the bags of fresh cranberries when they go on sale at Thanksgiving and Christmas and keep them in the freezer. I use them in smoothies with a 2 to 1 ratio of blueberries or raspberries (or both) – which are much too sweet – to cranberries with some unsweetened cranberry juice or yogurt.

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