Cranberries! They go with just about anything: other fruits, vegetables, meats, starches. And don’t forget adding them to your NutriBlast smoothies! The options are endless.
Raw cranberries give us the most benefits, but there are no limits to what you can do with them. Whether raw, cooked, dried, canned, powdered, juiced, or encapsulated, cranberries can provide us with plenty of health benefits. The goal is to optimize these benefits and enjoy having them all year long.
Health Benefits of Cranberries
A new study featured on the Cranberry Institute and presented by Dr. Arpita Basu showed great promise, suggesting that cranberries are capable of “…influencing carbohydrate metabolism in many ways, such as helping to control postprandial and fasting blood glucose for those with diabetes.” Although more research needs to be done on this topic before anything is determined for human use, the prospect of improving the lives of people with diabetes is exciting!
Warnings before Consuming Cranberries
Whole cranberries offer more benefits than just components or pieces of the cranberry. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” Aristotle said. This means that dried powders and juices rarely give us the same benefits that whole cranberries do.
However, don’t let that stop you from enjoying cranberries in their many delicious forms! There are plenty of ways to add cranberries to your diet so that you can benefit from their nutrients.
Here are useful measurements for cooking with cranberries:
Approximately 1500 grams (3.3 pounds) of fresh fruit can produce one liter of juice. Cranberry juice cocktail contains approximately 26 percent to 33 percent pure cranberry juice. Just be aware of excessive sugars and artificial sweeteners!
Cranberries can be enjoyed in a drink over ice, in a spritzer, or in a refreshing NutriBullet concoction. Add them to your favorite salads. Dry or freeze them to better suit your needs. However you choose to enjoy your cranberries, make sure you enjoy them all year long!