Today is our very first “Let’s Be Fruitful” feature! How fitting, then, to begin with……
The North American Cranberry – just in time for Thanksgiving, of course – But it’s really a fruit to be grateful for all year long! Check out these 5 fruitful reasons why.
THE CRANBERRY IS:
2.) Unique: The Cranberry’s proanthocyanidins (PACs) are “A-type” [rather than B-type present in most other fruits], which are credited for giving the cranberry its special anti-adhesion properties, known to be of benefit to the Urinary Tract system (anti-infection).
3.) Multi-Talented: These unique PAC compounds are now believed to benefit other areas throughout the body, including the:
● Cardiovascular system (due to anti-atherosclerosis properties);
● Gastrointestinal system (potentially anti-ulcer & anti-cancer of the stomach);
● Oral cavity (anti-tartar; anti-periodontal disease);
● Cellular functioning (anti-inflammation; anti-cancer effects);
—along with other disease-fighting compounds & antioxidants, too, that work together in synergy.
4.) Right at Home: It’s one of very few original fruits to North America; used by Native Americans as food and as medicine [per The Cranberry Institute website]. Cranberries are now harvested in: New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, & Washington state, plus British Columbia & Quebec, Canada [per Ocean Spray packaging].
5.) Fresh [this time of year] and Available several ways: Fresh cranberries are generally available between October and December; but they can be found throughout the year in other forms, such as dried or juiced. Their tart flavor can be a flattering addition to salads, fruit cocktails, & sorbets; Also often used in muffins, breads, and sauces.
What a gift!
Let’s Taste & See the Goodness Today. –EF
©2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life: Ideas expressed within this post are those of The Way to Nourish for Life RD [EF]. Note: Please refer to ABOUT section of “The Way to Nourish for Life” for caveat: https://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/about