Cranberries At Their Best !

The Holiday Berry !

Every holiday I make my own cranberry sauce. I make it with fresh cranberries it is so much better if you do it yourself.  I put about 1/4 of the sugar that is called for because we like it more tarty then sweet.

This year I am making it with a sugar substitute call Xylitol it is a sugar that is made from the birch tree. It is one of the nicest I have found. It can also be derived from corn by I prefer the birch.

I often make cranberry sauce to go with our pork roast or chops its a nice refreshing side dish. Low in calories and carbs. How good is that.

Whenever we go to dinner anywhere I am asked to bring the cranberry sauce . Also its real easy to make.

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Five reasons to eat cranberries and a homemade sauce

Ever wondered why cranberries are synonymous with Christmas? Well, this berry is unique because of its very low sugar content, which makes it as sour as a lemon. The tart taste is a favourite pairing with roast turkey, and the deep rich, red colour adds a burst of festive cheer to any plate. It is also a local Canadian fruit and has been harvested wild for over 200 years.

But not all cranberry offerings are created equal. Many cranberry sauces and juices are loaded with white sugar, which can lower your immune system and leave you feeling like you have a holiday hangover.

Five healthy reasons to increase your cranberry consumption:

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1. Recent studies show cranberries may not be as effective at curing urinary tract infections as we once thought  – they are actually better at preventing UTI’s! Active ingredients, such as proanthocyanidins, in cranberries impede the attachment of harmful bacteria to the walls of the urinary system preventing UTIs before they happen.

2. Cranberries are good for your teeth. Polyphenols found in cranberries mayprevent dental cavities and gum disease by stopping bacteria that produce this damage from settling in the mouth.

3. Protect your prostate with cranberries. Quercetin, a bioflavanoid found in cranberries, lowers risk of prostate cancer by squashing abnormal prostate cells before they have a chance to grow.

4. A diet rich in flavanoids like those found in the magnificent cranberry have been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease. Flavanoids are antioxidants that help protect the heart by inhibiting cellular damage by harmful molecules.

5. Concentrated cranberry juice has been shown to kill harmful H. Pylori bacteria in the stomach and prevent their reproduction. These nasty bacteria cause inflammation of the stomach lining which can lead to ulcers and stomach cancer.

Healing cranberry sauce recipe

It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

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Ingredients
12-oz (360 g) fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
4 tbsp (60 mL) honey
2 tsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut up

Directions
1. In a food processor fitted with a S-blade, pulse cranberries, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon until coarsely chopped.
2. Add apples and continue to pulse until smooth. Taste, adding additional honey, if desired.
3. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 3 cups (750 mL).

Article by : Julie Daniluk

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