Fruit in focus: incredible cranberries
Small but mighty, cranberries are packed full of health-boosting properties By Guilda Akopians
December sees us hit the festive season with all the excitement of Christmas soon upon us. Food plays a major part in the festivities and can leave us feeling eager to run into the kitchen and get creative, enjoying the best of what food has to offer!
For those who love cooking, this is certainly the time to get experimental in our kitchen, using a wealth of ingredients that are readily available to us to create some truly spectacular dishes. If you don’t fancy getting all hot and bothered, then we are certainly in for a treat as now more than ever, our supermarkets offer many ‘ready-made’ foods to buy and simply cook/bake ready to enjoy on the big day.
To bring the focus back to what I love to do and do best, cooking and baking, this time of the year is a sheer joy for me and this month, I want to focus on the juicy cranberry.
Many consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure. Cranberries are also a rich source of vitamins C, E, K1 and manganese and just one cup of fresh cranberries gives you only 46 calories.