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Cranberries

This tart little berry is a powerful food packed with surprising health benefits. More than being good for the urinary tract. Cranberries are good for the heart and eyes, help protect you from cancers, and help prevent kidney stones. Here is what they can do for your body.
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This tart little berry is a powerful food packed with surprising health benefits. More than being good for the urinary tract. Cranberries are good for the heart and eyes, help protect you from cancers, and help prevent kidney stones.

Here is what they can do for your body.

7 Health Benefits of Cranberries:

Protection for breast, oral, colon, and prostate cancers. They are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin which can inhibit the development of these cancers.

Good for the heart. Preliminary studies show that drinking cranberry juice

Cranberry decrease cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth.

Reduces bacteria associated with peptic stomach ulcers.

Keeps the urinary tract healthy. We have heard about cranberry juice fighting urinary tract infections for a long time. They contain natural chemicals that act as antibacterial agents and preventing E. Coli which is the bacteria largely responsible for urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. The chemicals in cranberry juice flush the E. Coli from the body during urination thus it is not able to cause an infection.

Beneficial for the eyes (significantly improve symptoms of cataracts and macular degeneration).

Helps prevent kidney stones. Cranberries contain quinic acid which prevents calcium and specific phosphate chemicals from binding together. These two binding together is what forms kidney stones thus preventing kidney stones.

Did you know? Native Americans treated a variety of illnesses, including bladder infections, with cranberry preparations.

Cranberries are also called 'bounceberries' because they bounce when ripe.

The health benefits of cranberries, is almost totally depleted when generous amounts of sugar is added. Thus the cranberry cannot provide you with the full benefits when there has been lots of sugar added.

Sugar and cranberries:

1 cup of fresh cranberries = about 50 calories.

1 cup of cranberry sauce contains = 400 calories.

That is why I make my own cranberry sauce.

CRANBERRY SAUCE (sugar free)

With all the goodness and health benefits of cranberries.

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Ingredients:

1 Package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen) 1 Organic Apple, cored and chopped 1 Cup Apple juice 1/4 Cup Organic, Brown Rice Syrup 1 tsp Liquid Stevia Pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and let simmer for a few moments. 2. Remove and let cool. 3. Taste and add more Stevia or Brown Rice Syrup if you like it sweeter.

Cranberry Ginger Bars

This is an easy to make and a tasty sweet that is filled with healthy ingredients.

Filling:

3 cups of fresh or frozen Cranberries 2 cups of raisins (I prefer sultanas as they have a lighter flavour) 1/4 cup grated fresh ginger 2 apples, chopped well 1 cup water

Directions:

1. Blend apples in water.

2. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients with the blended apples.

3. Bring to a gentle boil over a medium heat.

4. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have popped.

5. Let cool.

Base and Topping:

2 cups brown rice flour 1/4 cup potato flour 1/2 cup rice syrup 1/2 tsp of salt 2/3 cup coconut oil 2 cups of rolled oats 1 tsp light liquid Stevia in 3 Tbsp water 3/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Mix dry ingredients together

Mix oil, rice syrup and stevia well.

Add dry ingredients the oil/rice syrup mixture.

Mix thoroughly with fingers.

Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crumb mixture for topping.

Press the remainder into a 9? by 13? baking pan.

Spread with cranberry mixture on the base

Sprinkle with remaining crumbs on top of fruit.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Also, add cranberries to your fruit punch for more punch to your punch.