Historic and Healthful Cranberries

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by M. D. Anderson Department of Clinical Nutrition staff

cranberries.jpgToday, cranberries are being studied for their potential role in preventing both urinary tract infections and the formation of dental plaque. Because they're a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, they also may play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

Historically, cranberry fruits and leaves were used to treat a variety of problems, such as wounds, urinary disorders, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver problems. The juice was used as a natural dye for rugs, blankets and clothing.

Native to North America, they were a symbol of peace and friendship among the Iroquois and Cherokee tribes. Plentiful in Massachusetts in the early 1600s, today cranberries are grown in Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

Want to add cranberries to your diet?

Cranberries can be used in a variety of recipes, from muffins to coffee cakes, cobblers and pies, dumplings, chutneys and sauces.
•    In place of raisins, stir dried cranberries into snack mixes, breakfast cereals, yogurt and salads
•    Fresh and frozen cranberries are great for quick breads, muffins and cookies
•    Cranberries pair perfectly with pork, chicken and burgers when used in a barbecue sauce (combine and simmer cranberries, ketchup, a touch of mustard and maple syrup or brown sugar)
•    Use cranberry vinaigrette for salads
•    When mixed with mineral water, cranberry juice can be used as a refreshing spritzer or as a base for cocktails or party punch

Nutrition facts (based on 1 cup of whole raw cranberries)
•    Calories: 44
•    Calories from fat: 0
•    Sodium: 2 mg
•    Total carbohydrates: 11g
•    Fiber: 4.4g
•    Sugars: 4 g

1 Comment

I am very interested in trying to find out what can bring WBC up during high dose temodar treatment..
My wifes WBC has been stuck at 1.7 for a month now and we had to stop her clinical trial until we get it back up..

very frustrating.

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