Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Craisins Rock!

There's something to be said about the benefits of eating these sweet, little, dehydrated red berries. I've long known the benefits of drinking cranberry juice to help prevent and treat urinary tract infection, but did you know that a 1/3 cup of Craisins daily has similar health benefits to a glass of cranberry juice? Craisins are also a good source of anti-oxidants and dietary fibre, and are naturally fat free.

So what makes cranberries so good for you? Cranberries are an acidic type of berry rich in Vitamin C. They are believed to have excellent infection fighting properties, helping to ward off ulcers and urinary tract infection by inhibiting the adhesion of bacteria to your insides. Condensed tannins in cranberries also inhibit the oxidation of bad cholesterol and thus protect your body against atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Tannins also inhibit bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Cranberries have also been found effective in overcoming asthma attacks and in helping protect the brain from neurological damage. There is also preliminary research that cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place, and extracts of chemicals in cranberries were found to prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube.

With all the good news on cranberries, it's hard to resist munching on a big handful of craisns while watching your favourite show. Sweet, tart, tasty, and healthful... where can you go wrong?

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