Don’t Forget The Cranberry Sauce!

If you love cranberry sauce, you might be wondering if it is healthy for you or nothing but a sweet sugar-filled treat.

Cranberry sauce good for you , can of sugar not good.

It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, a

Well let me first say the cranberry sauce I’ll be talking about here is homemade, not mass produced sugar jelly in BPA lined cans. On the health side, recent research shows that cranberry could become a possible cure for stomach infections. Animals with stomach viruses that were given cranberry, and had results that were overwhelmingly positive. The virus didn’t spread nor did it latch on to red blood cells.

While cranberries were known throughout northern Europe,
cranberry sauces and juices were first made by American settlers in 1683. The Pilgrims learned all about cranberries from the Native Americans, who recognized the natural preservative power (benzoic acid) in the berries, and often mixed them into pemmican a dried meat mixture to extend its shelf life.They also used the berries for wound medicine, and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. General Ulysses S. Grant ordered it served to the troops during the seige of Petersburg in 1864. Cranberry sauce was first commercially canned in 1912 by the Cape Cod Cranberry Company which marketed the product as “Ocean Spray Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce.”  Cranberries have a number of health benefits, and especially for all of you that have some excess fat to lose. Cranberries contains high levels of organic acids, which have an emulsifying effect upon fat deposits. When it comes to urinary tract infections caused by a strain of E coli bacteria, cranberries and cranberry juice have proved effective for relief. Some of the compounds in the cranberries block the bacteria from sticking to the cells in the body, so that the body can more easily flush the bacteria out.

According to researchers at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Results in a 2002 study suggest that cranberries  may inhibit a type of bacteria that is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. In this study it was found that cranberries can inhibit certain strains of Haemophilus Influenzae, a type of bacteria found in the nose and throat of 75% of healthy children and adults. The bacteria can also cause infections, and may be responsible for up to 40% of bacterially-derived middle ear infection. Cranberries are a good source of polyphenol antioxidants and phytochemicals, both of which are possible deterrents against cancer, and disorders of the cardiovascular and immune systems. That’s a lot of benefits coming from a small fruit. Preservatives in foods, and beverages,  contribute to the rise in urinary tract infection cases these days. Cranberry’s anti-adhesion properties caused by the minerals found in the fruit help clense the body. Cranberries and it’s unsweetened juice, have nothing but good news for the teeth and gums.

Experts say cranberry inhibits the growth of mouth bacteria that causes plaque. So eat up. A healthy dose of cranberry juice about two 16oz. glasses a day (about the size of a small bottled water) ensures your teeth are fresh and clean all the time. The presence of quinic acid have experts saying it is possible for cranberry to help prevent the development of kidney stones. It makes sense since cranberry can rid the body of wastes and bacteria. While cranberries are a natural diuretic they don’t deplete your body of potassium like pharmaceutical diuretics, which can be very dangerous. So whatever you do this christmas don’t pass on the Cranberry sauce. Good Luck..

Just in-case Bart’s cranberry sauce wasn’t good for you (and I hope it wasn’t) try my favorite recipe…

It is important to be aware of the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries ward off heart disease and cancer, as they are high in antioxidants. These berries are also known to aid in stomach problems, reduce bad breath, and a diet which is rich in cranberries can help you lose weight

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes 

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp minced orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup honey
  1. Bring orange juice, ginger, zest and cinnamon to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Rinse cranberries and add once boiling liquid. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add crushed pineapple and honey. Remove from heat and cool.