Recipe for DIY (do-it-yourself) whole food cranberry cocktail with 25 times fewer calories and at least 8 times the phytonutrient content.
By: Micheal Greger, MD, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
You’ve heard me say over and over that berries are the best fruit. So why didn’t cranberries do better than these others? Because it’s not cranberry juice, it’s cranberry cocktail—only 25% juice. So it should rightly be way up here, and take the gold. How do you do it without the corn syrup, though? You make your own.
- 2 cups of water
- a handful of frozen cranberries
- 8 teaspoons of erythritol
- and a hardcore blender
When you do that, you don’t end up with 100% juice, you end up with 200% juice.
Let me explain: Here’s the amount of 6 amazing phytonutrients in frozen cranberries, but then you blanch them, throw away all the wonderful solids, clarify it, pasteurize it and you’re left with less than half of the phytonutrients what you started with. So even if you found 100% cranberry juice, it would really only be 50% of the whole berry’s phytonutrient power. That’s why it’s better to blend the whole thing up. I call it my pink juice but it’s not juice at all, It’s whole fruit. Nothing taken away or filtered out.
Comes out to be about 12 calories—25 times fewer calories, with at least 8 times more phytonutrients.
When I make it with frozen cherries with the juice of a whole lemon thrown in I call it my red juice.
The only thing healthier than berries? Dark green leafies, so for extra credit add some fresh mint leaves. Gives it a weird looking green foam on top, but then you’re chugging down berries and greens, then two healthiest things on the planet.
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on juice (including Is pomegranate juice that wonderful?).
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Alzheimer’s Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable, Hibiscus tea: flower power, Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?, and Anti-Cancer Nutrient Synergy in Cranberries.
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About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.