Now that Thanksgiving is near, I felt it appropriate to share some of the benefits of having an additional helping of cranberry sauce this year. I eat craisins (dried cranberries) almost every day, so it delights me that these delectable red berries also happen to have some health benefits. Not only are they rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin A and C, but they also contain a flavonoid that may help lower your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). There is also good scientific evidence that states cranberries may reduce your risk for urinary tract infections and H. pylori infections (a stomach infection that can lead to painful ulcers).
Incorporate cooked cranberries or craisins into your: salad, trail mix, oatmeal, quinoa, etc. Not only do they add a sweet, tart burst of flavor, but also a pop of color to whatever you’re eating.
**Note: In regards to craisins (or any dried fruit really), pay attention to the serving size on the nutrition label (usually ~1/4 cup = 1 serving) because dried fruits tend to be higher in sugar**