THE BENEFITS OF CRANBERRIES
It is hard to believe that a small berry, the size of a dime, contains powerful anti-oxidants that can prevent premature aging and heart disease as well as provides protective antibacterial agents and other nutritional benefits.
You may hear the term a lot, anti-oxidant, but what is an anti-oxidant?
Anti-oxidants — processes within humans require oxygen and there is a byproduct or oxidants of those processes which cause cell damage. Theses oxidants are also known as “free radicals” which are also caused by stress, the environment, unhealthy foods and habits. The cell damage caused by free radicals weakens the immune system, is linked to several diseases such as cancer and heart disease and speeds up the aging process. Antioxidants reduce the effect of these free radical oxidants by binding with them and decreasing their destructive power and repairing damage. (Ref. Cranberry Marketing Committee: http://www.uscranberries.com/cranberries/faq.html)
Because of the healthy nature of cranberries and its signature tangy taste, Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is featuring several cranberry-filled recipes on its December menu to celebrate the partnership.
During the month of December, all Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurants is serving several cranberry-inspired recipes, including Smoked Turkey Spinach Salad, Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins and Cranberry Apple Cobbler.
Eating a heart healthy diet is one important step you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease. Cranberries are part of a heart-healthy diet. Cranberries contain no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium. Whole cranberries are a good source of dietary fiber, and all cranberry products contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that offer a wide range of potential health benefits.