Written By Sam Henselijn
6 Health Benefits of Dried Cranberries. Other than being the main ingredient in a Thanksgiving side dish, what else do you know about this tasty fruit that provides at least six health benefits?
Did you know that cranberries got their name because cranberry vines produce a beautiful white flower that looks like bird’s head with a small circle and a long beak, looking very much like a crane? and that because of their crane-like appearance, the berries were once called “crane-berries”, but this name changed over time to “cranberries.”
Ever wonder why you always see cranberries during Thanksgiving? Well, cranberries are actually one of the six main symbols of Thanksgiving.
Americans consume 400 million pounds of cranberries every year. 20% of that amount (80 million pounds) is consumed during Thanksgiving week..
6 Health Benefits of Dried Cranberries
The 5 top states known for growing cranberries are: Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington.
October is National Cranberry Month, but why wait until October, or the Thanksgiving holiday to enjoy this wonderful fruit? Dried cranberries are available to you year round from L’Orenta Nuts.
Dried cranberries offer an array of benefits to living a healthier and fitter life. More and more people are eating dried cranberries. Dried cranberries are handy, delicious, and easy to eat. They are also extremely good for your health.
Here is a list of 6 health benefits you get from the consumption of dried cranberries:
Prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
You get a high dose of proanthocyanidins (PACs) when you eat cranberries. PACs are antioxidants that prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract walls. They prevent infection.
Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
Cranberries have polyphenols that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols help bring down hypertension, preventing platelet buildup. The latter is a primary cause of heart disease and a huge contributor to cardiovascular problems.
Cancer prevention or slowdown
Research has shown that nutrients found in dried cranberries
help slow down the enlargement of existing tumors while preventing the build-up of new ones.
People who are predisposed to suffer from prostate problems or from cancers, including breast, liver, colon, and ovarian, develop a stronger immunity to these conditions.
Enhanced oral health
Just like the proanthocyanidins (PACs)in dried cranberries prevent bacteria from sticking to your urinary wall, in a similar way, they prevent harmful bacteria from binding to your teeth and causing tooth decay.
This improves your oral hygiene by making your teeth and gums stronger and preventing other problems like bad breath and gum disease.
Improved Renal Function
The pain from kidney or gall bladder stones can be excruciating and often, intolerable. Dried cranberries are loaded with citric acid that can help reduce or prevent kidney and bladder-related complications. This acid is a key element in preventing the formation of kidney stones.
High in dietary fiber
According to the Institute of Medicine, women should include about 25 grams of fiber in their daily diet. Men should have at least 38 grams daily.
The 2 grams of dietary fiber from just one serving of dried cranberries is a good amount, considering that the recommended serving of dried cranberries is only about a third of a cup.
Dietary fiber is said to lower risks for developing diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, and gastrointestinal disease, among other health conditions.
It also helps manage blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce cholesterol levels. Dietary fiber also helps obese individuals lose weight.
Nutritional Facts about Dried Cranberries
Dried cranberries give you the same nutrients you get from fresh
cranberries. You get basically the same amount of antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Dried cranberries have no trans fats, saturated fats, or cholesterol.
People often eat dried cranberries as they are. They are convenient to have around as snacks.
On the other hand, you can add zest to some food simply by adding a small handful to dried cranberries to them. For example:
- Make your own healthy trail mix by combining dried cranberries with unsalted nuts (walnut, pecans, or almonds) and seeds (flax, pumpkin, hemp, sesame, or sunflower).
- Make a fruit smoothie and add a handful of cranberries.
- Add dried cranberries to your breakfast whole grain cereal or oatmeal.
- Bake cookies or muffins and toss in some dried cranberries.
- Make your apple cobbler or pie more flavorful by including some dried cranberries.
It is so easy to order your dried cranberries from L’Orenta Nuts and improve your health as well as your mealtime enjoyment.
A wide variety of dishes can be made more interesting, colorful, and nutritious with dried cranberries. It goes without saying, too, that you simply can’t ignore the many health benefits of dried cranberries, so why not give it a try!
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