What are cranberries good for?
Lots of people consume cranberry products believing this will help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). A Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of research in health care and health policy. Each review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example: Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat? All the existing research on a topic that meets certain criteria is searched for and collated, and then assessed using stringent guidelines, to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific treatment. investigated whether there is evidence to support this. It showed that cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing UTIs and may be unacceptable to consume in the long term. Cranberry products (such as tablets or capsules) were also ineffective, possibly due to lack of potency of the ‘active ingredient’
On the plus side, cranberries are good for Christmas, with lots of us enjoying them in our festive fare. I asked you to share your favourite cranberry recipes and here’s my pick of the crop: thank you Claire Allen for this easy recipe for delicious cranberry rock cakes!
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