Sometimes when family members do not like a particular food, they may mention to a senior member of their family that the food is not good for them to eat. This was the case recently with cranberries.
Actually, according to the website http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/cranberries.htm, cranberries have proven to be at the top of the antioxidant heap and are being recommended highly as a superfruit. Check out the reasons why:
- Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (tehy are antibacterial and also keep bacteria from “sticking” to the inside of the bladder and ureters).
- Similar effects in the GI tract – help prevent bacteria from causing food-borne illness.
- Similar effects in the mouth – may help prevent tooth decay by discouraging bacteria and preventing them from “sticking”.
- Prevention of the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which may help prevent atherosclerosis.
- Improves blood vessel function in people with atherosclerosis.
- Some studies show that cranberries can either raise HDL cholesterol or lower LDL cholesterol.
- Cranberries may also have anti-cancer properties.
I would say that those are some pretty powerful reasons as to why one should consume cranberries not run from them. I know that I like to put them in many of my dishes and my family enjoys them thoroughly (try substituting a cranberry for a raisin in one of your recipes to see the unique appeal that they present!).
Don’t let anyone fool you, cranberries are good fruits. And remember, if you don’t like something, that is no reason to ward others off from it. If only people kept in mind that With Age Comes Repect, they would actually do what was necessary to keep their senior happy and healthy – not avoid health altogether!