Who doesn’t enjoy cranberry sauce as a part of a traditional Thanksgiving holiday spread? After all, cranberries are really good for you … right?
Yes they are. In fact, an impressive number of studies have shown that the regular consumption of raw cranberries have numerous potential health benefits including protection against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, bacterial infections, cardiovascular disease, the formation of alkaline stones inside the urinary tract, and plaque formation on tooth enamel.
One cup (110 grams) of raw cranberries contains only 51 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, only 2 milligrams of sodium, and 5 grams of dietary fiber.
But what about cranberry sauce?
One cup (227 grams) of cranberry sauce packs 418 calories – 3 calories from fat – 80 milligrams of sodium, 108 grams of carbohydrates, 105 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
As far as the good stuff in cranberry sauce goes, it does have 1 gram of protein, as well as significant amounts of vitamins A, C, E and K and other essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. But most of this good stuff is coming from the natural cranberry itself, and not the sugary sweet, secret family recipe, thick gelatin drenching that these innocent berries receive each and every holiday season.