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Cranberries: A Healthy Holiday Side Dish

By Brandi Swieter

Many families start getting together early in December to enjoy a holiday party. A common side dish at these gatherings is cranberry sauce, made from cranberries and packing a lot of benefits. This healthy holiday side dish should be on the menu more often, as it contains plenty of nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial to the body.

Low Calorie Snack

Cranberry sauce isn’t the only way the fruit can be enjoyed. People can enjoy cranberries plain or add it to other concoctions for a different taste. It can even be added to water for a holiday drink infusion that’s to die for. Cranberries are very low in calories, so no one has to worry about packing on the pounds by eating too many.

Improves Oral Health

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins. These components within the fruit prevent bacteria from binding to the teeth, which can lead to poor dental hygiene. With oral health in mind, more people should consume cranberries regularly to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.

High in Fiber

While there are other sources with more fiber found, cranberries are high in it as well. Just half of a cup of cranberries have about 2 grams. Eat a handful and the colon and digestive system will thank you.

Good Vitamin A Content

Vitamin A benefits the body in many ways. It improves vision, works to support a healthy immune system, and is even ideal for reproductive health. Cranberries have a good Vitamin A content, making it an excellent source of the nutriment.

Good Vitamin C Content

Vitamin C is even better for supporting the immune system. Many people think of oranges and other citrus fruits when they think of Vitamin C, but other options exist as well. Cranberries possess a good Vitamin C content that makes them worth eating when sick. Since sickness tends to set in around the holiday months anyway, keeping cranberries stocked will only help the matter. Eat them by the handful or add them to water to take in all they have to offer.

Consuming cranberries shouldn’t only be done during the holiday months. Starting around Thanksgiving and leading into the holidays, many more food items come onto the market featuring cranberries. Stock up on these products and eat the fruit regularly to reap the benefits it brings.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission, Tex.

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