are compounds that neutralize free radicals when they are formed.
The human body is capable of producing antioxidants naturally, but
under conditions of stress this antioxidant production can be severely
impaired. Fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, provide
an excellent source of additional antioxidants.
molecules that make up our body have an even number of electrons
orbiting around a nucleus. A free radical is any molecule with an
odd number of electrons. These "unstable" molecules attempt
to "stabilize" themselves by capturing an electron from
another molecule. The cells in the body where this process is occurring
can become injured. The cell may malfunction or even become malignant.
The body produces
free radicals through normal metabolic pathways (i.e. extracting
energy from the food we eat). Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet
radiation, tobacco smoke, and exposure to certain naturally occurring
chemicals can also be sources of free radical production. In short,
we are exposed to potential sources free radical production every
day of our lives.
Kidney Foundation® suggests drinking a 10oz (300 ml) glass of
cranberry juice cocktail a day may help prevent urinary tract infections.
The Produce for Better Health® Foundation in partnership with
the National Cancer Institute recommends eating 5 servings of fruit
a day. One serving of cranberries is ½ cup (55 g) of whole
fruit or one ¾ cup (180 ml) of 100% juice.
links are great sources for healthy cranberry recipes and/or products:
Atoka Cranberries www.atoka.qc.ca
Clement Pappas www.clementpappas.com
Cliffstar Corporation www.cliffstar.com
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. www.decascranberry.com
Northland Cranberries, Inc. www.northlandcran.com
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. www.oceanspray.com
Yes. In fact
cranberries freeze very well either whole or sliced. Sealed in an
airtight container frozen cranberries will keep for nearly a year.
blueberries and the Concord grape are the only 3 fruits native to
the United States and Canada.
a Revolutionary War veteran, planted the first commercial cranberry
bed in Dennis Massachusetts in 1816.
farms exist in nearly a dozen states, Wisconsin, Massachusetts,
New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British
Columbia and Québec account for most of the production worldwide.
Marketing Committee’s website provides current and historical
crop statistics and information. Please see http://www.uscranberries.com/
No. It is a
common misconception that cranberries are grown in water. Water
is used during harvest to float the fruit for easier collection,
and during the winter months to protect the plants from freezing
and desiccation. The rest of the year the fruit is grown on dry
American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a low-growing,
vining, woody perennial plant with small, alternate, oval leaves.
The plant produces horizontal stems or runners up to 6 feet (2 m)
long. Short vertical branches 2 to 8 inches (5 to 20 cm) in height,
called uprights, grow from buds on the runners and produce both
vegetative and fruit buds. Each fruit bud may contain as many as
The USDA's National
Nutrient Database provides nutritional data for raw cranberries
and sweetened, dried cranberries: