Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Incredible Cranberry

Cranberry Fluff, Cranberry Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry Bread, and Pumpkin Cranberry Scones are just a few of the"cranberry" foods we eat during the holidays.  I knew cranberries had health benefits, but I did not know how many.  Here are just a few of them I found while surfing the web.

1.  Cranberries treat and prevent urinary tract infections.

2. Cranberries contain quinic acid.  This means cranberries are beneficial against the formation of kidney stones.

3. Cranberries lower harmful cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol.

4.  The antioxidants present in cranberries improve the function of blood vessels.  This means a reduction in the risk of heart  diseases and heart attacks.

The list goes on and on. Wow!!     I am going cook with cranberries all year long -  not just at holiday time.   You can buy dried cranberries or just buy bags of fresh cranberries and freeze them (they last up to nine months).  If you are going to cook with frozen cranberries do not thaw them.  They are easier to chop or grind when they are frozen.

Be adventurous  and creative when adding cranberries to your diet.

Happy Eating!!

Geri

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