Published : 08/22/2018
We only know her by her English name – cranberries. This tiny little berry from America is quickly gaining increasing fame and popularity also in European latitudes. Because as small and inconspicuously looking she might be, the bigger and more surprising are her associated human health benefits. Our new Almond-Cranberry Cookie not only unites all the good things incorporated in those little superberries, but also represents a successful change in our range of paleo-foods: because guess what, it is vegan! As you can imagine, it takes a lot to get a paleo food lover to try and eat a vegan product. But quite surprisingly for some, a lot of paleo foods actually comply with vegan rules. They are both, naturally sourced, with no artificial additives and sugars. So, this cookie will please all those health-loving, paleo/vegan foodies amongst us.
Now let’s talk about cranberries. The cranberry unites such a wealth of health boosting nutrients on such a small scale like no other fruit. Where the macronutrients play an inferior role (100 g of fresh cranberries contain only 0.2 g of fat, 12 g carbohydrates and 0.4 g of protein), the micronutrients are ever more abundant. In particular, cranberries triumph with their exceptionally high share of secondary metabolites – making them a real powerhouse for human health. To mention are here the polyphenols and anthocyanins that are not only responsible for the berries bright red colour, but also unfold their antioxidant properties within our body, i.e. protecting our cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, counteracting oxidative stress and thus help prevent multiple inflammatory diseases including cancer. Vitamin C, which is also present in high amounts, works to enhance the positive effect of secondary metabolites. With 60 mg per 100 g, cranberries are an abundant source of Vitamin A and furthermore contain the Vitamin B6, which plays an essential role in our immune, -and nervous system. Worth mentioning is also the high share of iron as well as the fibre pectin, which makes cranberries an ideal way to naturally support our digestion.
The reason for cranberries’ healing properties against inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract infections is believed to be associated with its naturally occurring proanthocyanidins – antibacterial tannins that have so far been detected in this combination only in the cranberry. They work just like antibiotics and can thus prevent the spreading of harmful bacteria. Similar effects have been noted with respect to mouth infections, where cranberries have been shown to reduce the number of bacteria and may thus contribute to improve the microclimate in our oral cavity.
Whether for the sake of the cranberry or for its vegan qualities – our new Cranberry-Almond Cookie unites taste and health in one bite.