Cranberries — A Phytonutrient Superfood

Dried Fresh Cranberries

Cranberries may be best known as a side dish at Thanksgiving or a refreshing beverage on a hot day, but this amazing fruit has a lot of other uses. Cranberries are a phytonutrient gold mine. Phytonutrient is a fancy word that means something may fight disease. In the case of cranberries, that is just what they do — help ward off disease.

More than a Side Dish

Mary Poppins sang about a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down, but what if the medicine didn’t need sugar’s help? Cranberries and other fruits that have phytonutrient powers are often good just as they are. Have you tried dried fresh cranberries? If not, they make a great snack, an addition to salads, bread, and desserts.

Cranberries — A Superfood

What do we mean by a super food? A superfood is a food that has an enormous amount of health benefits. In the case of cranberries, we are talking anti-inflammatory benefits. People consider cranberries a vital source of antioxidants. Those are both heavy hitters when it comes to health. While that is good news, there is a little trick to this. Naturally harvested cranberries tend to be higher in health benefits if they are harvested by floating them in water. This is due to the increase of sunlight that the berries receive before being plucked.

Consumers can help themselves to more health benefits if they pay attention to how the cranberries they buy are grown and harvested. Besides phytonutrients, cranberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. A single cup of fresh, whole cranberries offers 18 percent of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Add in an eight percent DRD for vitamin E and six percent for vitamin K and you begin to see why cranberries are such a healthy food.

One of the biggest benefits of eating cranberries is the massive amount of fiber that they have. Fiber, both soluble and dietary are key ingredients in a healthy diet.

Diet is a keyword for gaining health because a healthy body needs more than just a single superfood. To find out more about how food choice plays a role in your body’s health index, visit the Metabolic Research Center and explore their library of helpful blogs. While there, peruse the healthy menus for inspiration on enjoying a healthy, but delicious diet. 


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