Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are all what comes to mind when you’re making your grocery list for Thanksgiving dinner—but no Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce! While canned cranberry sauce typically has a lot of sugar, cranberries in general are a very healthy treat.
So, in the spirit of giving thanks, and in celebration of National Eat a Cranberry Day, let’s chat and chew about the health benefits of cranberries!
First and foremost, cranberries have Vitamin C and fiber. WebMD also reports that one-cup of cranberries is only 45 calories. Moreover, cranberries—disease-fighting antioxidants—outrank almost every fruit and vegetable, including strawberries, spinach, and broccoli, to name a few.
Additional benefits adding cranberries to your diet can have are decreased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and increased cardiovascular system health. Google reports that, “the combined impact of […] antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in cranberr[ies]” is what impacts these two health benefits the most.
The fall and winter are the best time to buy fresh cranberries; however, they can be purchased frozen year-round. They are sold in 12-ounce bags for next to nothing— but make sure to look for bright berries, free of discoloration or withering. There are many ways to enjoy cranberries in your daily diet as well. How you might ask?
- Mix dried cranberries in your morning bowl of cereal or oatmeal
- Drink 100% cranberry fruit juice
- Add cranberries to your chicken and pork dishes
- Eat cranberry muffins or a similar alternative (granola bars make for a yummy snack!)
For more healthy benefits of cranberries, take a peek at this list.
While you cook your favorite holiday dishes this Thanksgiving, add some yummy cranberries for both flavor and a nutritious boost. Show the ones you love how much you care about them and their health!