Winter Super Foods: Cranberries: Nutrient Profile

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More than one-third of the cranberries grown in the United States are made into juice. Fresh whole berries may be purchased, but are often expensive because they have to be hand-picked to avoid the damage caused by machine-picking.

Native Americans used cranberries for both their medicinal and natural preservative powers. They brewed cranberry mixtures to draw poison from arrow wounds. They also pounded cranberries into a paste and mixed the paste with dried meat to extend the life of the meat. The name cranberry was given to this plant because the Pilgrims believed the plant looked like the head of a sandhill crane and was originally named "craneberry." Over time, the "e" was dropped.

Nutrient Profile

Serving size 1 cup (95g)
Amounts Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories
45
Calories from Fat
0
Total Fat
0g
0%
Sodium
0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
8g
Protein
<1g
Vitamin A
<2%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
<2%
Iron
<2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Updated 2005

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Last Editorial Review: 3/11/2005 10:59:38 PM




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