During the holiday season, holiday teas are popular. One tea in particular that is quite tasty and found in many homes is cranberry tea. Cranberries grow in bogs in the Northeast part of the United states and are harvested in the fall. They are famous for their tart taste, so tart in fact that some sort of sweetening is almost mandatory. Cranberries are used in pies, cakes, sauces, breads and beverages both hot and cold.
Cranberry tea is thought to be very healthful. Cranberry, according to folklore, is particularly famous for preventing UTI's. Ongoing research is being conducted to discover the effects of cranberry tea on ulcers, cholesterol levels, breast cancer and stomach cancer. Additional research is also being conducted on the effects of cranberries on heart disease and yeast infections. Cranberry is thought to help combat dental diseases like gingivitis. The theory is that it prevents plaque from sticking to the teeth. Be sure to consult your holistic health practitioner before trying cranberry for medicinal purposes.
Cranberry tea is especially popular during the holiday season. It is a beautiful bright red which fits with holiday decor. All sorts of things can be combined with it like ginger, pomegranate, lemon, grape juice, apple juice or cider, hibiscus, cinnamon and the list goes on. Cranberries have loads of fiber, antioxidants; they are very high in vitamin C. There are also modest amounts of Vitamins E, K, and B6. Minerals include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.
There are some side effects of cranberry tea that include diarrhea if too much is consumed. Pregnant and nursing women are warned not to take cranberry supplements. Cranberry has salicylic acid, which is similar to aspirin. People with aspirin allergies should not take large amounts. Cranberry products are sour and often contain sugar, which diabetics should watch for. They also contain the chemical oxalate which might create kidney stones in folks that are high risk.
One of my favorite ways to make tea over the holidays is to mix cranberry with hibiscus. Here is a suggestion.
Boil 2 cups of water
Use 1 tea bag of cranberry and 1 tea bag of hibiscus.
Put them in a cup and pour water over them.
Let steep 2-3 minutes and enjoy
Sweetener may be added as desired.
There are all kinds of holiday tea products available on the internet that contain cranberry. Try some of them and find out which one is your favorite. How do you like your cranberry tea? Share your comments below.
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