Food of the Week: Cranberry
Cranberries can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, or in juice form. I suggest eating raw or cooked to reap the most benefits. Having cranberries dried or in juice form usually means more sugar intake.
Cranberries have been widely touted for their benefits when it comes to urinary health, though they aren’t a replacement for getting treated by your doctor for any issues. I would caution you not to consume too much juice overall, including cranberry. Consult with your doctor before taking any cranberry supplements. In general, I wouldn’t suggest cranberry supplements because they may interfere with certain medications. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!
Cranberries, like many other berries, are full of antioxidants, helping clear your body of damage from free radicals. Cranberries also contain phytonutrients that may help lower the risk of inflammation, which is the basis for many diseases. Cranberries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. They are a great fruit to have as a part of your diet, especially in the cooler months when cold and flu viruses are rampant.
Cranberries are in season during the fall months and are popular for many holiday dishes. Cranberries pair well with other fruits, go great with hearty grains and squash, and taste great alongside nuts or chocolate too. I would suggest buying your cranberries organic if possible to support best farming practices.
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