This Cranberry Salad doesn’t have to wait for a holiday meal to be eaten. The health benefits of cranberries should factor into your diet and the tart berries should be eaten regularly.

Cranberry SaladPrep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Ready In: 90 min

Servings: 8

Ingredients
2 cup Cranberries
1 cup Water
24 packet Artificial Sweetener or 1-cup spoonful sweetener
1 small package Cranberry or Cherry sugar-free Gelatin
1 cup diced Celery
1 can crushed Pineapple, in juice (7¼ oz)
½ cup chopped Walnuts

Directions
Bring cranberries and water to a boil.
Remove from heat when cranberries have popped open.
Add Equal or sweetener of choice and stir. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve gelatin with one cup boiling water.
Add cranberry sauce; mix thoroughly. Add celery, pineapple and walnuts. Pour into a mold or bowl. Place in refrigerator until set.

Tips & Notes
Raw cranberries have moderate levels of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese, as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients in minor amounts.
Raw cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, phytochemicals under active research for possible benefits to the cardiovascular system and immune system, and as anti-cancer agents, such as in isolated prostate cancer cells. In addition, it is uncertain whether polyphenols and flavonoids account for the benefits of diets rich in plant-derived foods.
Cranberry juice components also may possibly influence formation of kidney stones.
One study compared cranberries with 20 other fruits, showing that cranberries had a high amount of total polyphenols. Cranberry tannins have laboratory evidence for anti-clotting properties and may prevent recurring urinary tract infections in women; however, a review of available research concluded that there is little evidence to support the efficacy of cranberry products in treating UTIs. Long-term tolerance also is an issue. Raw cranberries and cranberry juice are abundant food sources of flavonoids. These compounds have shown possible activity as anti-cancer agents in vitro. However, their effectiveness in humans has not been established, and is limited by poor absorption into cells and rapid excretion.
Although promising for anti-bacterial activity, long-term consumption of cranberry juice has not been adequately proven to reduce urinary tract infections.
Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects. One study found lower serum glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients consuming cranberry juice compared to a control group.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 92
Total Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 43mg
Total Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 1g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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