Cranberries Enhance Gut Health
Cranberries are best known as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, but a new study has found benefits for the gut. Certain carbohydrates in cranberries, called xyloglucans, aren't digested in the stomach and make their way to the intestines, where they ferment and feed beneficial bacteria. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island think that this new discovery could lead to healthier gut bacteria, which play a key role in immunity and other aspects of health. Xyloglucans are a component of the fiber we get from fruits and vegetables.