Cranberry juice has long been known to help fight urinary tract infections. Cranberries contain high amounts of anthocyanins, phytochemicals that prevent certain bacteria, including E. coli, from adhering to the bladder wall. The antibacterial action of cranberries may also help guard against gum disease and stomach ulcers. Cranberries can also boost heart health by lowering both LDL ("bad") and raising HDL ("good") cholesterol. Cranberries' antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals have also been shown to inhibit the formation of two enzymes that play a role in the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
You can enjoy cranberries and reap their health benefits in a multitude of ways. Cranberries are too tart to be eaten on their own, but pair well with other, sweeter fruit, such as apples. Their deep red colour makes cranberries a welcome addition to salads, sauces, smoothies, cookies, muffins, quick breads and cocktails.
Cranberries often top the list of power foods and for good reason. Research shows that cranberries contain a unique combination of nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals that have far-reaching health benefits. Not only can cranberries help fight urinary tract infections, studies show they can help prevent stomach ulcers, dental plaque, certain cancers and heart disease. Cranberries' health benefits are due in part to their outstanding antioxidant content. In fact, cranberries outrank most other fruit - including berries - when it comes to antioxidants. Cranberries are low in calories, fat free and a source of vitamin C. Half a cup (125 ml) of whole, fresh cranberries contains 2 grams of fibre and 7 mg of vitamin C for only 23 calories.
" Anita's locally mill wonderful flours will allow you to create the best nutritious breads ever. We have tried flours from other mills in our restaurants but always go back to Anita’s. Thank you to John and your family for championing local mills in B.C. and Canada that are committed to creating high quality, nutritious flours and grains for us to enjoy baking and cooking with."