Cranberries are native to North America and were used by Native Indians to make dye, food and medicines. Our holidays wouldn’t seem the same without them. Cranberries are low in sugar and calories and high in vitamin C. Pilgrims used them for scurvy prevention. Chemicals in cranberries have been found to prevent cancer, help with digestive problems, help with cardiovascular health and help with urinary tract health. Fresh cranberries can last up to two months being refrigerated and they also freeze well. They make great baked good and are very good in juice and in oatmeal.
- Although viewed as a holiday treat, cranberries have a variety of health benefits.
- Low in sugar and a bit tart, cranberries offer up a large amount of vitamin C.
- The phytochemical compounds in cranberries have been linked to the prevention of cancer.
“Ground cranberries were used to fight wound infections, and those same plant compounds are what help prevent urinary tract infections today.”