Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wine Report Winter 2006-2007

Cranberries - a nutritional powerhouse

by Hope S. Philbrick

"The reason I like to talk about cranberries is that lots of fruits and vegetables have antioxidants, but studies have shown that cranberries have the highest amount of antioxidants per calorie."

Another health benefit of cranberries: They're low in calories. Musk frequently advises her clients to add cranberries to their diets, especially those who are trying to lose weight. "I find dried cranberries are the easiest way to add cranberries. Put them in cereal every morning; enjoy them as an afternoon snack. An ounce of dried cranberries instead of a brownie satisfies a sweet tooth, and when you're trying to lose weight, you still have to feel good; there's a mode of psychology involved. Dried cranberries are a really nice treat when you finish a meal and want something sweet. Also, they are something you can actually take on an airline."

What about the naturally occurring sugar content of cranberries? "I don't worry about that, I've never had a client who overeats on any type of fruits or vegetables."

"You can get the recommended servings in very easily. Add cranberries to salads for a really nice treat. Mix cranberry juice with vodka for martinis. Cranberries should always be on your grocery list."