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Why You Should Eat Cranberries

Cranberries - a traditional holiday side dish in North America - are more than just a tart and tasty meal accompaniment. A rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, cranberries are packed with healthy antioxidants and are used traditionally to help prevent urinary tract infections. Recent studies have also linked consumption of cranberries and cranberry juice with healthy cholesterol levels, improved gastrointestinal health, and the prevention of kidney stones - all good reasons to increase your intake no matter what the season.

Fresh cranberries provide the most antioxidants and are in season from October through December. When purchasing fresh cranberries, look for those that are a deep red color and firm to the touch. They can be used in a variety of ways, including in breads and muffins or as a cold or warm relish.

For more information on healthful foods, visit Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid.

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Reader Comments (3)

Try mixing canned cranberries, a few mandarin oranges, slivered almonds an THEN, hand fulls of dried cranberries. They plump up overnight and remove all the excess juices.

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRick Hales

I picked up a bag of dried, orange-flavored cranberries for Thanksgiving. I sprinkled them on my spinach salad- Delicious! I then sampled them as is, just like dried raisins even more tasty! While I love cranberry sauce (the jelly version) it is a little devoided of nutrition in that form and the crushed berries are a little more of a challenge - too tart!
The orange flavoring gives the berries a naturally sweet taste

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Krivan

Great in a morning smoothie - add a banana, yoghurt, & some OJ!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGerard
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