Cranberries: Rich in Antioxidants
The festive winter fruit may help fight cancer, improve cholesterol levels, even combat cavities.
By Meredith Stanton
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Feeling bogged down in the kitchen? Jump-start meals with a handful of tart, bright cranberries. This tangy treat is not only naturally low in fat but also bursting with powerful nutrients. One cup of whole fresh berries has 81 grams of potassium, 12.6 milligrams of vitamin C (20% daily value), and 34 micrograms of beta carotene -- for just 44 calories. The festive winter fruit is rich in antioxidants, which may help fight cancer and improve cholesterol levels. Plus it may also help combat dental cavities. A recent study found that a leading bacterium responsible for tooth decay was weakened when exposed to two cranberry antioxidants. Fresh cranberries, at their peak October through December, can be stored in your fridge for several months, so stock up now.
Berry Good, Too
Holiday Angel Cake
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Members: Journal as 1 portion of medium dessert.
Makes 8 large servings
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean and dry a tube pan. (Trace amounts of oil can cause whipped egg whites to deflate.)
Per serving: 171 calories, 7.5 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 0.1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0.8 g fiber, 216 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 1%.
Published November 1, 2006.
SOURCE: Elaine Magee, MPH, RD/LD.
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