- Anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, chemical substances that may offer protection from tooth cavities, urinary tract infection, and inflammatory diseases.
How to make a fancy salad: First make a boring salad. Then add cranberries. You’re a genius.
Cranberries are delicious, tart and packed with flavour and nutrition. The perfect snack and easy to use, they are bursting with a rich red colour that will liven up any recipe and high in antioxidants.
Cranberries are a staple food in many countries. In their natural habitat, the plant grows vigorously in acidic sandy bogs throughout the cooler parts of the Europe, Northern states in the United States and Canada where they are a part of every thanksgiving meal. Cranberries are rich in phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants, which are essential for all-round wellness.
The berries contain numerous chemical substances that may offer protection from tooth cavities, urinary tract infection, and inflammatory diseases. They are also good source of many vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, b-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and folate and minerals like potassium, and manganese. The antioxidant compounds found in cranberries such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, peonidin and quercetin may prevent cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels.
These compounds also help the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood. Their antioxidant level is so high that on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC (measurement of antioxidant strength of food items) demonstrates cranberries as one of the highest in the category of edible berries. So get munching!
They look so beautiful in food. A rich red colour makes your granola come to life, yoghurt become decadent, and cakes and cookies burst with colour and flavour. They can of course be eaten as a snack and are perfect when mixed with nuts and seeds to make a luxurious trail mix when you’re on the go.
Cranberries can be a great addition to the preparation of vegetable as well fruit salads. The berries can be used as an ingredient in sorbets and fruit cocktails. Really versatile, really delicious and packed with colour and flavour...cranberries Rock!