It’s cranberry season! The crimson berries star in plenty of fall recipes, and recently, they have been making headlines for possible health benefits. Although cranberry juice is well-known for its role in urologic health, researchers have found additional roles for juice and other cranberry products as an antioxidant and natural antimicrobial, thanks to the 0plant compounds, proanthocyanidins, they contain. Limited research has suggested possible roles in cardiometabolic health, as well. (Click the links to read some of the original research articles.) Of course, jellied variations and sauces contain extra sugar and are still best enjoyed as occasional treats.
If extra cranberries do linger in the freezer post-Thanksgiving, Taste of Home’s Apple Cranberry Bread is a delicious and festive way to put them to good use. It freezes well and bursts with flavor while keeping fat and calories in check. For those with food allergies, it is naturally dairy free, and the nuts can be omitted. It is also easy to make egg-free by replacing the eggs with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and enough water to equal one half cup.