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Are dried cranberries bad for you?

Anonymous
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Just wondering.  I eat A LOT of them, like every day I have them.  They are my favorite snack, I like the sweetened ones, but like the plain ones best.

I wonder though, are they fattening? Bad for you? Ar ethey bad for your teeth? 

I had 4 root canals last year, so I've cut out all pop and juice from my diet.  But I wonder if these are bad for me too?


Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 6, 2015 at 12:59 AM
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LovlyRita
by Meter Maid on Jan. 6, 2015 at 1:01 AM
I can't say for sure but they are probably full of sugar.
Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jan. 6, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Are Dried Cranberries Good for You?

by Sara Ipatenco, Demand Media

Dried cranberries are a quick snack to grab on the go. While they are fruit, they aren't as nutritious as they might seem. Like many dried fruits, dried cranberries contain a significant number of calories. These tiny fruits also contain large amounts of sugar but only small doses of essential vitamins and minerals. Read the package label carefully for correct portion size.

Calories and Fat

A 1/3-cup serving of dried cranberries contains 123 calories and 0.55 grams of fat, most of it heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats can help lower your cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Because dried cranberries pack a lot of calories per handful, don't eat more than a serving at a time.

Sugar

Dried cranberries often contain large amounts of added sugar, which helps preserve the fruit and enhances the fruit's natural tart flavor. A 1/3-cup of dried cranberries contains 26 grams of sugar. This is more than the 6 teaspoons, or 24 grams, recommended as a daily limit for women. It's close to the 9 teaspoons, or 36 grams, of sugar recommended as an upper limit for men. If your diet contains too much sugar, you're at an increased risk for unhealthy weight gain and tooth decay. Too much sugar can also elevate triglycerides, increasing your risk of heart disease.

Nutrients

A 1/3-cup of dried cranberries supplies 0.43 milligrams of vitamin E toward your daily goal of 15 milligrams. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help destroy free radicals. Free radicals are substances that cause cell damage, which, over time, can increase your risk of diseases, such as cancer. A serving of dried cranberries provides trace amounts of iron, potassium and vitamin C as well.

Health Benefits

Cranberry juice is often recommended for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract and bladder infections, but the tiny fruits have more far-reaching health benefits. A 2009 study published in the "Health Studies Journal" reports that low-sugar dried cranberries can help regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. A 2010 study published in the "Journal of Food Science" found that dried cranberries retain many of their antioxidants when they are freeze-dried, hot air-dried or vacuum-microwave dried. The antioxidants in dried cranberries can help reduce inflammation, cutting your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease and cancer.

Tips

Look for low-sugar dried cranberries to increase the nutritional value of the food. Sprinkle low-sugar dried cranberries on a spinach salad or stir them into a bowl of oatmeal. Add dried cranberries to low-fat plain yogurt or stir them into your favorite bread and muffin recipes. Scatter dried cranberries over grilled chicken or pork chops for added zing.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 6, 2015 at 1:03 AM
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thank you sassy!

I'll stick to the natural unsweetened ones from now on :)

Quoting Sassy762:

Are Dried Cranberries Good for You?

by Sara Ipatenco, Demand Media

Dried cranberries are a quick snack to grab on the go. While they are fruit, they aren't as nutritious as they might seem. Like many dried fruits, dried cranberries contain a significant number of calories. These tiny fruits also contain large amounts of sugar but only small doses of essential vitamins and minerals. Read the package label carefully for correct portion size.

Calories and Fat

A 1/3-cup serving of dried cranberries contains 123 calories and 0.55 grams of fat, most of it heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats can help lower your cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Because dried cranberries pack a lot of calories per handful, don't eat more than a serving at a time.

Sugar

Dried cranberries often contain large amounts of added sugar, which helps preserve the fruit and enhances the fruit's natural tart flavor. A 1/3-cup of dried cranberries contains 26 grams of sugar. This is more than the 6 teaspoons, or 24 grams, recommended as a daily limit for women. It's close to the 9 teaspoons, or 36 grams, of sugar recommended as an upper limit for men. If your diet contains too much sugar, you're at an increased risk for unhealthy weight gain and tooth decay. Too much sugar can also elevate triglycerides, increasing your risk of heart disease.

Nutrients

A 1/3-cup of dried cranberries supplies 0.43 milligrams of vitamin E toward your daily goal of 15 milligrams. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help destroy free radicals. Free radicals are substances that cause cell damage, which, over time, can increase your risk of diseases, such as cancer. A serving of dried cranberries provides trace amounts of iron, potassium and vitamin C as well.

Health Benefits

Cranberry juice is often recommended for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract and bladder infections, but the tiny fruits have more far-reaching health benefits. A 2009 study published in the "Health Studies Journal" reports that low-sugar dried cranberries can help regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. A 2010 study published in the "Journal of Food Science" found that dried cranberries retain many of their antioxidants when they are freeze-dried, hot air-dried or vacuum-microwave dried. The antioxidants in dried cranberries can help reduce inflammation, cutting your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease and cancer.

Tips

Look for low-sugar dried cranberries to increase the nutritional value of the food. Sprinkle low-sugar dried cranberries on a spinach salad or stir them into a bowl of oatmeal. Add dried cranberries to low-fat plain yogurt or stir them into your favorite bread and muffin recipes. Scatter dried cranberries over grilled chicken or pork chops for added zing.


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