Cranberry: Native Americans have used cranberry to make poultices for healing the gums and preventing urinary tract infections. The use of cranberry has now spread beyond North America to decorate and enrich larger European tables. The smoothness and vitality of this fruit makes it very valuable food, which we are privileged to have within our grasp.
Cranberry Sauce for All
Fresh, dried, juice, sauce, jelly, dessert – cranberry delights the palate and nourishes the body. If you drink it as a juice or eat it dried, it is best to choose one with no added sugar. In the Jelly form, it accompanies the famous holiday turkey. Fresh, it gives a tangy taste to fruit salads. In sorbets, pies or charlottes, it brings out a unique and sought after flavor. Frozen, it can be added to smoothies to get the full advantage of its nutritional benefits. The finest restaurants are proud of cranberry in their specialty. Several websites offer very attractive recipes.
A Perfect Snack!
With a handful of walnuts and unsweetened dried cranberries, you can make a complete and tasty snack to have on hand when you are watching out for hypoglycemia.
No, the Cranberry does not grow in Water.
This small plant (15-20 inches) grows naturally in poor soils. It is also cultivated in the northern United States and Canada. The cranberry vine can live for over a hundred years! When the fruit, which is hollow, is ripe, it floats on the surface and can be easily collected. This makes some people believe that cranberries grow in water.
The Virtues of Cranberries
Cranberry is a true “health bomb” with a high content of vitamin C, flavonoids and anti-infective agents, including proanthocyanidins, polyphenolic antioxidants that strengthen the immune and cardiovascular system.
While the cranberry is known for its use in the treatment of urinary tract infections, it also acts effectively to prevent the formation of plaque and contribute to the dissolution of kidney stones, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, bad cholesterol and stomach ulcer. In addition, cranberry contains no cholesterol and only small amounts of sodium, which is a perfect food choice for people who suffer from high blood pressure, cholesterol, and high blood urea.
Did You Know?
Researchers have found that thanks to proanthocyanins, these berries have the power to modify the shape of bacteria responsible for oral, kidney and urinary infections. It transforms these bacteria “sticks” into a spherical shape that prevents them from adhering to mucosal linings (urinary, dental).
Cranberry in Mind!
- Extensive scientific studies confirm the role of anti-infective cranberries as “superfood” and classify it among other antioxidant foods, such as apple, strawberry, grapefruit, red grapes and fishes.
- Capsules or tablets, it is ideal for diabetics, provided you take enough water with it.
- No contraindications, side effects or dangerous interactions have been reported in relation to pure juice and powder from cranberry fruit. Beware of added sugar and acidity of the in the fruit which can adversely affect the teeth. The species Vaccinum macrocorpon is recommended for daily consumption as pure juice and capsules.