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Cranberry Nutrition

Cranberry Nutrition Cranberry nutrition is well known for its ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Cranberry juice is a popular fruit juice drink for people who are concerned about such infections - but make sure you juice your own for the full nutritional benefit. Shop bought cranberry juice is stripped of practically all its nutrients and you are left with a high sugar syrup that has limited benefits.

  • Cranberry nutrition contains a specific type of tannin which acts on bacteria and prevents it from sticking to the bladder walls and causing urinary tract infections.

  • Cranberry juice also helps to fight against kidney stones by reducing the amount of ionized calcium in the urine by more than 50%.

  • Cranberries can also lower cholesterol levels, thereby protecting against heart disease.

  • The antioxidant levels of cranberries are extremely high when compared to other fruits. Antioxidants fight against free radicals which cause cell, nerve, and tissue damage and which can then cause life threatening diseases such as cancer.

  • Cranberry nutrition may also be superior when it comes to fighting cancer. This is due to special compounds called proanthocyanidins contained in cranberries. These may stop the spread of cancer cells, as well as stoping the growth of tumours.

  • Cranberry nutrition also contains a good amount of fibre which is needed to fight constipation and help in the prevention of colon cancer.

  • The cranberry fruit is a good source of vitamin C which helps protect our bodies' cells from free radical damage, thereby helping to protect us from life threatening diseases. Vitamin C also helps in the absorption of dietary iron.

  • One cup of cranberries contains around 46 calories.



    THE FULL NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF CRANBERRIES:

    Cranberries, raw

    Refuse: 2%  (Stems and spoiled berries)
    Scientific Name:  Vaccinium macrocarpon
    NDB No: 09078 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)

    Nutrient Units 1.00 X 1 cup, whole
    -------
    100g
    Proximates
    Water
    g
    87.13
    Energy
    kcal
    46
    Energy
    kJ
    194
    Protein
    g
    0.39
    Total lipid (fat)
    g
    0.13
    Ash
    g
    0.15
    Carbohydrate, by difference
    g
    12.20
    Fiber, total dietary
    g
    4.6
    Sugars, total
    g
    4.04
    Sucrose
    g
    0.13
    Glucose (dextrose)
    g
    3.28
    Fructose
    g
    0.63
    Lactose
    g
    0.00
    Maltose
    g
    0.00
    Galactose
    g
    0.00
    Starch
    g
    0.00
    Minerals
    Calcium, Ca
    mg
    8
    Iron, Fe
    mg
    0.25
    Magnesium, Mg
    mg
    6
    Phosphorus, P
    mg
    13
    Potassium, K
    mg
    85
    Sodium, Na
    mg
    2
    Zinc, Zn
    mg
    0.10
    Copper, Cu
    mg
    0.061
    Manganese, Mn
    mg
    0.360
    Selenium, Se
    mcg
    0.1
    Vitamins
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
    mg
    13.3
    Thiamin
    mg
    0.012
    Riboflavin
    mg
    0.020
    Niacin
    mg
    0.101
    Pantothenic acid
    mg
    0.295
    Vitamin B-6
    mg
    0.057
    Folate, total
    mcg
    1
    Folic acid
    mcg
    0
    Folate, food
    mcg
    1
    Folate, DFE
    mcg_DFE
    1
    Choline, total
    mg
    5.5
    Betaine
    mg
    0.2
    Vitamin B-12
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin B-12, added
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin A, RAE
    mcg_RAE
    3
    Retinol
    mcg
    0
    Carotene, beta
    mcg
    36
    Carotene, alpha
    mcg
    0
    Cryptoxanthin, beta
    mcg
    0
    Vitamin A, IU
    IU
    60
    Lycopene
    mcg
    0
    Lutein + zeaxanthin
    mcg
    91
    Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
    mg
    1.20
    Vitamin E, added
    mg
    0.00
    Tocopherol, beta
    mg
    0.00
    Tocopherol, gamma
    mg
    0.04
    Tocopherol, delta
    mg
    0.00
    Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
    mcg
    0.0
    Vitamin D
    IU
    0
    Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
    mcg
    5.1
    Lipids
    Fatty acids, total saturated
    g
    0.011
    4:0
    g
    0.000
    6:0
    g
    0.000
    8:0
    g
    0.000
    10:0
    g
    0.000
    12:0
    g
    0.000
    14:0
    g
    0.000
    16:0
    g
    0.006
    18:0
    g
    0.002
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
    g
    0.018
    16:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.001
    18:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.018
    20:1
    g
    0.000
    22:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
    g
    0.055
    18:2 undifferentiated
    g
    0.033
    18:3 undifferentiated
    g
    0.022
    18:4
    g
    0.000
    20:4 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    20:5 n-3 (EPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:5 n-3 (DPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:6 n-3 (DHA)
    g
    0.000
    Cholesterol
    mg
    0
    Amino acids
    Tryptophan
    g
    0.003
    Threonine
    g
    0.028
    Isoleucine
    g
    0.033
    Leucine
    g
    0.053
    Lysine
    g
    0.039
    Methionine
    g
    0.003
    Cystine
    g
    0.003
    Phenylalanine
    g
    0.036
    Tyrosine
    g
    0.032
    Valine
    g
    0.045
    Arginine
    g
    0.056
    Histidine
    g
    0.018
    Alanine
    g
    0.049
    Aspartic acid
    g
    0.188
    Glutamic acid
    g
    0.146
    Glycine
    g
    0.048
    Proline
    g
    0.031
    Serine
    g
    0.051
    Other
    Alcohol, ethyl
    g
    0.0
    Caffeine
    mg
    0
    Theobromine
    mg
    0
    USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009)

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