Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa
They are not only for mixing alcohol; cranberries are full of various vitamins and minerals, and recently, they have been reported to aid in weight loss. The properties found in cranberries may indirectly help in losing weight. However, insufficient scientific studies that relate cranberries to weight loss make this claim uncertain. Here are some ways in which cranberries may help in losing weight.
The glossy, bright red cranberry belongs to the same taxonomic group as the blueberry. They always feature among the list of fruits that are rich in antioxidants and usually are at the top of the list. Cranberries are known to contain many nutrients and are renowned for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Lately, they have been in the news for their ability to help in weight loss.
Properties Of Cranberry That Aid Weight Loss
- Cranberries contain arbutin, a diuretic that helps flush out toxic fluids from the body. This helps in reducing bloat and excess water trapped within the body’s tissues. Since they are rich in antioxidants, they help cleanse the body. When toxins, harmful substances, and excess fats accumulate and clog the liver, it cannot burn the excess fat efficiently. Vitamin C present in cranberry helps in diluting the bile juice in the liver and enables the liver to easily break down fat.
- Cranberries are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, and its proanthocyanidins are effective in removing blockages in the lymphatic system, which helps reduce water weight from the body. Recent research shows that cellulite contains more water-attracting molecules than smooth skin, which may lead to increase in water retention. The phytonutrients in unsweetened cranberry juice are effective in reducing fluid accumulation in tissues.
Stay Hydrated To Burn Fat
Drinking cranberry juice helps you stay adequately hydrated and can help your body maintain the metabolism to burn fat. Dehydration, mild or moderate, can throw your weight loss efforts off track. Fatigue and headache caused due to dehydration can make us physically inactive. And, without physical activity, weight gain is almost guaranteed.
Avoid The Sugars
Ensure that the cranberry juice you buy from a store does not contain added sugar. Better still, dilute the juice with water and cut more calories. Sugar-sweetened drinks can add over 100 calories causing you to gain weight. A glass of cranberry juice before meals makes you less hungry because of which you tend to eat less and reduce the calorie intake. Moreover, added sugars can cause severe damage to your teeth too!