Cranberries pack a healthy punch that makes them a great addition to your Kaufmann Diet!
Berries are among the selected varieties of fruits allowed on The Kaufmann Diet, because they are rich in a variety of beneficial compounds and relatively low in sugar. We tend to focus on berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, but one commonly overlooked berry that we should all be including in our diets are the venerable cranberry.
Cranberries are very tart, and it is likely that most people’s experience with cranberries consists of drinking sweetened cranberry juice or consuming sweetened cranberries. Sweetened cranberries or cranberry products should certainly be avoided on The Kaufmann Diet, because you are eliminating sugar as much as possible.
Cranberries in their raw state, however, are very low in sugar and contain an abundance of nutrition.
Cranberries are rich in an array of vital nutrients, including copper, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K1. Cranberries are a particularly good source of vitamin C, which is a valuable thing for those on The Kaufmann Diet who are forgoing fruits like oranges.
Cranberries are also rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, particularly polyphenols. Some of these include quercetin, myricetin, and proanthocyanidins. These compounds are known to do things like fight inflammation and prevent disease in the body in a wide variety of ways.
The Health Benefits of Cranberries
Cranberries are associated with numerous health benefits. Among the most well-known benefits of cranberries are their ability to assist in preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Compounds in cranberries are beneficial in blocking the bacteria that cause UTIs from adhering to the lining of the bladder.
Cranberries also might have significant benefit against cancer. Cranberries are known to fight H. pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers that can lead to cancer. Cranberries prevent this bacteria from adhering to the stomach lining, thus preventing infection.
Cranberries are also known to support heart health in a variety of ways: cranberries support healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, prevent cholesterol oxidation, and prevent inflammation in blood vessels.
Including Cranberries In Your Kaufmann Diet
Cranberries have a sharp taste to many, so eating them raw may take some getting used to. You can try adding them to smoothies or mix the in with other berries. Dried varieties are great, but these are often sweetened with sugar and should be avoided. Cranberry juice can be a good option, but seek out unsweetened varieties. These can be cut with mineral water and sweetened with a little stevia if need be.
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