Thanksgiving 2021: Cranberries

Thanksgiving 2021: Cranberries

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Thanksgiving is coming!

One of the best family holidays is just around the corner. Ready to cook the dinner? Some of the Thanksgiving products are underestimated. For instance, why don’t we eat and cook cranberry sauce more often? It is very easy to make and these berries feature some serious health benefits. Today we are here to share the cranberry sauce recipe as well as the benefits of including cranberry into your diet on a regular basis.


They are red fruits (related to blueberries and wintergreen) with a bitter and sour flavor. They grow mostly in the northern United States and southern Canada. They’re .

Vaccinium macrocarpon (the North American variety) is the only commercial fruits native to North America. Natives first used them for food, medicine and fabric dye. Sailors ate them to prevent scurvy when at sea.


A serving is 1 cup of raw berries. It contains:

  • calories: 46
  • fat: 0 grams
  • carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • fiber: 4 grams
  • sugar: 4 grams
  • protein: 1 gram
  • sodium: 2 milligrams
  • vitamin C: 25% of your daily requirement (ADR)
  • vitamin A: about 9% of ADR
  • vitamin K: about 6% of ADR
  • potassium: 2% ADR
  • iron and calcium: 1% of ADR
  • vitamin E: 8% of ADR
  • manganese: 16% of ADR
  • copper: 7% of ADR
  • B-complex vitamins: 8% of ADR

+ these antioxidants: Quercetin, Peonidin, Myricetin, Ursolic acid and A-type proanthocyanidins

Health benefits

Studies have proved anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects of cranberries. They may also protect against liver disease, lower blood pressure, improve eyesight and cardiovascular health

Moreover, cranberries can lessen the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). Your doctor may suggest taking them as supplements or drink the juice from time to time.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Here is the recipe that is easy and quick. Consider including cranberries into your regular diet plan.

Here is what you need:

  • Cranberries – 12-ounce bag fresh/frozen 
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup

Mix all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring them to boil. Boil for about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly.

Use a potato masher to lightly mash the cranberries. Let the sauce cool until room temperature. Chill overnight. Mixture will firm up as it cools.

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