Packed with nutrients and a uniquely tart and tangy taste, it's easy to see why cranberries are unlike any other fruit in the world. In fact, cranberries are one of only three commonly cultivated fruits native to North America. From juice to sauce and dried fruit snack, cranberries are a versatile fruit that add delicious flavor to a variety of foods.
Cranberries are scientifically recognizable as potent sources of polyphenols, specifically from a subclass of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which are unique to and abundant in cranberries. The great news is that these beneficial phytonutrients can be enjoyed in different types of cranberry products.
Being one of nature's super foods, these refreshing fruits have unique health benefits. Cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections by preventing E. coli from adhering to the cells that line the urinary tract. This same effect may help prevent other types of infections involving host-tissue bacteria such as H. pylori, a major cause of gastric ulcers. In addition, the antioxidant properties of PACs may have a range of other health benefits, including the support of cardiovascular health and reduction of the risk for some cancers. Cranberries are naturally fat-free and have very little sodium, so adding them to a balanced diet is a delicious, refreshing, and nutritious way to meet the recommended servings of fruit daily.