Only three fruits – the blueberry, the Concord grape and the cranberry (all power foods) – can trace their roots to North American soil. The cranberry is versatile. They are commonly consumed during Thanksgiving and Christmas but can, and should, be used every day.
Cranberries are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin which can inhibit the development of both breast and colon cancers.
Preliminary studies show that drinking cranberry juice is good for the health of the heart.
Research indicates that cranberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that may protect against cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
Found to decrease production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth.
Also, found to reduce the bacteria associated with peptic stomach ulcers.
In clinical studies, cranberries help maintain a healthy urinary tract.
Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).
Evidence shows how cranberry juice fights the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.
Most importantly, the health benefits of cranberries are almost completely depleted, when generous amounts of sugar are added to a cranberry recipe. Thus, the cranberry cannot provide you with its full phytonutrient benefits.
If you would like to try a recipe for cranberry sauce without using white sugar, here’s one that may be a keeper!
SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE
1 Package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 Organic Apple, cored and chopped
1 Cup Apple juice
1/4 Cup Organic, Brown Rice Syrup
1 tsp Stevia
Pinch of salt
1. Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and let simmer for a few moments.
2. Remove and let cool.
3. Taste and add more Stevia or Brown Rice Syrup if you like it sweeter.
Source: Real Food for Life