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Awesome Reasons To Eat More Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberries have been utilized medicinally for hundreds of years, and more recently have demonstrated a broad array of health benefits in a number of research studies. Consumption of cranberry juice has been associated with prevention of urinary tract infections, and several well-designed clinical studies have confirmed this association. For years, the preventative effects of cranberries were assumed to be due to the acidity of the fruit; however the majority of clinical studies reveal other active compounds present in the berry.

More than twenty acclaimed researchers presented the results of their latest studies on the positive effects of berries on human health at the 2009 Berry Health Benefits Symposium. Dr. Amy Howell and researchers from Rutgers University presented their findings, “Bacterial Anti-adhesion Activity of Cranberry Proanthocyanidins,” demonstrating compounds in cranberries associated with preventing bacterial adhesion in the urinary tract, stomach, and oral cavity.

Go for a Cranberry Juice with NO sugars added for the best benefits (available at all health food stores)

Go for a Cranberry Juice with NO sugars added for the best benefits (available at all health food stores)

So, besides reduces risk of urinary infections, cranberries can inhibit the aggregation of bacteria that cause dental plaque, and based on evaluation of several vitro screening tests, it has been suggested that the proanthocyanidin compounds found in cranberry may exhibit some anti-carcinogenic activity. Cranberry extract has been shown to inhibit low density lipoprotein oxidation. Since this process is believed to be part of what can cause heart disease, prevention of oxidation through cranberry supplementation can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. Some medical professionals and specialists believe that quinic acid abundant in cranberry may help to prevent the development of kidney stones. (via nutrasanus.com)

Read more about Cranberry health benefits here.

So whether you buy it or make it, call it cranberry sauce or relish, no holiday meal is complete without some.. but now you have an excuse to eat it year round! This healthy homemade recipe (below) is fat-free, low-calorie, and packed with antioxidants, for a tangy sweet twist to your traditional cranberry sauce. It’s best made in advance to let flavors blend. Make plenty of it, and serve over your favorite vegan ice cream, “cheese”cake, as a side dish with dinner, or over oatmeal in the morning.

Cranberry-Blueberry Sauce
Ingredients:

1 cup fresh organic cranberries
1 cup fresh organic blueberries
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbs. orange zest
¾ cup organic sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the berries soften, for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover and chill.

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  1. […] ***The GirlieGirl Army*** » Blog Archive » Awesome Reasons To Eat More Cranberry Sauce girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20091201/awesome-reasons-to-eat-more-cranberry-sauce – view page – cached Cranberries have been utilized medicinally for hundreds of years, and more recently have demonstrated a broad array of health benefits in a number of research studies. Consumption of cranberry juice… Read moreCranberries have been utilized medicinally for hundreds of years, and more recently have demonstrated a broad array of health benefits in a number of research studies. Consumption of cranberry juice has been associated with prevention of urinary tract infections, and several well-designed clinical studies have confirmed this association. For years, the preventative effects of cranberries were assumed to be due to the acidity of the fruit; however the majority of clinical studies reveal other active compounds present in the berry. View page […]

  2. HHMMMM… cranberries! Yum! And, that Cranberry Blueberry sauce sounds amazing, but I can’t find fresh organic blueberries this time of year. :( And during the summer, I can’t find the organic fresh cranberries, when I CAN get my hands on the blueberries. :( What’s a girl to do?????? ;)

    XOXO,
    Kristen




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