These red berries are powerful antioxidants that prevent bacteria from adhering to membranes such as the urinary tract, mouth and stomach where they could promote infection. All forms of cranberries provide health benefits and cooking does not alter the anti-adhesion properties. It is estimated that the anti-adhesion effect begins about 2 hours after eating cranberries and last for as long as 10 hours. Those prone to urinary tract infections should eat 2 portions of cranberries daily to maximize protection.
A serving equals:
¼ cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
¼ cup cranberry sauce
2 ounces 100% cranberry juice
8 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
Toss some dried cranberries into your salad or morning cereal. Add dried cranberries to stuffing or rice. Eat cranberry jelly and have cranberry juice with dinner.