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Christmas Cranberries

Christmas Cranberries - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeDo you love a bit of Cranberry Sauce with your Turkey at Christmas? If you do, it’s nice to know that amongst the potential festive over indulgences, something traditional may actually be doing you a little bit of good.

Cranberries themselves are sharp in taste, but fantastically full of nutrients including things called proanthocyanidins which fight the free radicals that can cause serious diseases. Included in this benefit is their ability to prevent and treat urinary tract infections by dealing with the nasty E. Coli bacteria. Despite not being part of the citrus fruit family; cranberries, cranberry sauce or cranberry juice are also good sources of Vitamin C, which is a strong antioxidant that helps prevent cancer. Plus, some of the phytochemicals in cranberries are also associated with inhibiting the damage caused by low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Even though cranberry sauce is relatively high in sugar, because you are eating it as part of a meal any potential spike in your blood sugar levels is slowed and reduced by the protein, fats and fibre in the rest of the food.

Which is why, with less than a week to go until Christmas Day, maybe cranberries aren’t too bad a thing to add to your shopping basket!