Cranberries are not the most consumed or produced fruit. In fact, they are known as a “special occasion food” because they are mostly purchased during the holiday season. In fact, 20% of all cranberries consumed in the United States are consumed on Thanksgiving.
However, despite the lack of attention they receive, cranberries have numerous health benefits. One of the most notable health benefits is their antioxidant capabilities.
Cranberries are mostly produced in Northern America and Chile. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries. The fruit belongs to the berry family and is initially green, but gets its dark red color when ripe. Cranberries are very sweet; however, the acidic taste usually overwhelms the sweetness.
Benefit #1: Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is defined as an infection in any part of your urinary system. This includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most of those infected by a UTI involve the lower urinary tract, thus the bladder and the urethra. Both men and women can suffer from a UTI, however, women are at a greater risk for the infection.
Cranberries have been linked to preventing a UTI. Cranberries are filled with an antioxidant called proanthocyanidins (PAC). PACs reduce the ability for bacteria to stick to the wall of a urinary tract and thus reduce chances of developing UTIs. Thus, if you are sensitive to UTIs, adding cranberry juice to your diet could be beneficial.