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The Latest News About Cranberries

When speaking in general terms about the health benefits of cranberries, it is also important to know that the most commonly consumed form of this food is juice processed from the berries and typically produced by adding generous amounts of sugar. This form of cranberry cannot provide you with cranberry's full phytonutrient benefits. The cranberry "presscake" - or what is left behind in terms of skins and flesh after the juice has been processed out - typically contains the bulk of the phytonutrients when evaluated in lab studies.

What's New and Beneficial About Cranberries

WHFoods Recommendations

In our Healthiest Way of Eating Plan, we encourage the consumption of 5-10 servings of fruits-plus-vegetables (combined) eat day. We believe that the balance between fruits and vegetables can vary from day to day, depending upon personal health factors, personal taste preferences, and optimal combining of foods in recipes as well as meals. We recognize that our recommendation calls for a more generous amount of fruits and vegetables than the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The CDC recommends between 1.5-2.5 cups of fruit and 2.5-4.0 cups of vegetables per day, as well as a target goal of at least 5 fruit-plus-vegetable servings (combined) per day. Based on the scientific research, we believe it's going to take closer to 3 fruit servings per day to provide you with optimum health benefits. With respect to berries-such as cranberries-in particular, we recommend that you include berries at least 3-4 times per week within your fruit servings. In several of our sample meal plans, we include berries on a daily basis! It would definitely not be a mistake for you to include a serving of berries in your daily meal plan!

Health Benefits

Cranberries provides numerous health benefits including:

For more details on cranberries' health benefits, see this section of our cranberries write-up.

Nutrient Profile

Cranberry provides us with an astonishing array of phytonutrients. Among these phytonutrients are phenolic acids (including hydroxycinnamic, caffeic, coumaric, and ferulic acid); proanthocyanidins (especially epicatechins); anthocyanins (including cyanidins, malvadins and peonidins); flavonoids (including quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol); and triterpenoids (especially ursolic acid). Many of these phytonutrients offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. Cranberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of dietary fiber, and a good source of manganese and vitamin K.

For more on this nutrient-rich fruit, including references related to this Latest News, see our write-up on cranberries.