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Cranberries

Cranberries are a rich source of antioxidants, which can help to reduce the amount of free radicals in your body thus helping to keep us healthy. The fruit is possibly best known for its role in helping to prevent and aid urinary tract infections. This is quite simply due to being high in antioxidant proanthocyanidins (PACS) which prevents bacteria from fixing itself to the urinary tract walls which causes the infection.

What are cranberries?

Cranberries are a berry taken from a low-lying vine that grows in warm conditions and along with blueberries is native of North America. There’s a number of ways you can consume cranberries in your diet depending on your preference. The fresh, raw fruit is rich in antioxidants, low in calories and contains beneficial nutrients, however they can have a bitter taste. The dried is much sweeter and makes a delicious snack or sweet addition to baking delicacies. Cranberry juice is a convenient way to consume cranberries and one of your five a day, but it can often contain high amounts of sugar.

Dried Cranberries

Dried cranberries are rich and sweet. They can make ordinary baking more exciting - from cakes and biscuits to bread and crackers. Our range includes sugar sweetened cranberries, apple juice infused cranberries and organic cranberry options. It entirely depends on the individual as to what your preference is but it is good to note that the apple juice sweetened cranberries are perfect for those who are trying to reduce sugar intake. Knowing your portion size can be wise when eating dried cranberries as it can be easy to consume high amounts in small doses, which can bump up your sugar intake quickly. Instead try sprinkling them on porridge oats in the morning or teaming them with nuts and seeds for a highly nutritious snack.

Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries have a plethora of nutrition and health benefits associated with them regardless of what form you choose to consume. It is a well-known fact, as previously mentioned, that consuming cranberries can help aid urinary infections thanks to the high levels of polyphenols found in the fruit.

There are also claims that cranberries can help support digestive health by the production of good bacteria in the stomach. More recently, emerging research suggests that cranberries may also be powerful protectors of our health in other areas of the body, such as the stomach, gums and even the heart. Vitamins and minerals found in cranberries include essential B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. They are also very high in fibre, which when added to meals can quickly increase fibre into your daily diet. Try our range of organic cranberries for those that love all things organic. 

Ways to use dried cranberries

There are many ways in which you can consume both fresh or dried cranberries. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to start adding them to your diet:

  • Top oats with cranberries, pumpkin seeds and almond butter for a delicious breakfast
  • Add to a sourdough recipes along with your favourite seeds for a sweet and savoury bread
  • Mix in with yoghurt for a tasty, nutritious dessert
  • Add to almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for the perfect afternoon sweet treat
  • Mix into granola recipes
  • Pair with cheese and crackers for a moreish snack or lunch
  • Finely chop and dried cranberries and  introduce to salads

You can buy cranberries online for fast, efficient delivery to almost anywhere in the UK and Europe. 

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