Cranberries are a SUPER food!
Marina’s Cranberry Chutney has been a staple for our holidays as far as I can remember. It compliments not only pork but beef, chicken, oatmeal and I have been known to pair it with goat cheese for a quick appetizer! Not only is it easy to make, it keeps in the refrigerator very well and it’s healthy. The main ingredient is obviously cranberries but it also has oranges, onions and spices!
I did a little reading and wanted to share what I found with all of my fellow cranberry lovers!
- Eating whole cranberries have shown to offer a greater health and dietary benefit then consuming them in a liquid or dietary supplement; that is due to they are broken down and only the extract is used. Cranberries are most beneficial when the entire berry is consumed not just one component, because when whole they offer more cardiovascular, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Cranberries have Vitamin C and fiber.
- Cranberries are Gluten Free!
- They have more antioxidants then spinach, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, broccoli, apples, raspberries. One of the only berries that out ranks cranberries are blueberries!
- Phytonutrients are naturally derived plant compounds that include antioxidants. Antioxidants can be ingested and are also made by the human body to help stabilize free radicals which are harmful molecules.
- Cranberries may also provide a level of protection against age related conditions such as memory and coordination loss.
- Other benefits from being high in antioxidants are that they help strengthen your immune system and prevents dental problems.
- Cranberries have a high level of flavonoids. They are a concentrated antioxidant that inhibits low density lipoprotein (LDL) from forming. Now if anyone has every gotten their blood drawn, they know what LDLs are…bad cholesterol! A diet high in fruits and vegetables that are high on the antioxidant list, like cranberries are, you have a better chance of having a lower cholesterol count. Having a lower LDL count, not only helps liver function, heart function and also assists in inhibiting the build up of plaque along your blood vessels!
- Proanthocyanidins: PACs act as a barrier along the lining of urinary tract to block bacteria from adhering. The type of bacteria they block is what causes urinary tract infections. Cranberries may also help in aiding to help men and women that suffer from stomach ulcers. In the same manner that they block bacteria in the urinary tract, they may also help block Helibacter Pylori (H.Pylori) which causes stomach ulcers.
How to eat Cranberries:
- Marina’s Cranberry Chutney
- In Banana Bread- Add 1 cup of Marina’s Cranberry Chutney to your favorite recipe for added taste and moisture!
- Dried and in oatmeal
- Marina’s Cranberry Chutney on a Turkey Sandwich
- Dried and on top of a spinach salad
- 100% Cranberry Juice not Cranberry Cocktail
- In an Apple Cranberry Crisp
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Sugar Frosted Cranberries
To order your Marina’s Cranberry Chutney, visit our website and look under products!