Please Pass the Cranberry, and All of Its Benefits


Now that we’ve hit November, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we can already smell the feast! Turkey is usually the MVP of the table spread, but this year, let’s focus on something a little more urinary tract-friendly: cranberry sauce, or specifically, the cranberry itself. First, let’s take a look at why cranberry is so special for the urinary tract, then put on your chef’s hat and learn about more ways to incorporate cranberry in your holiday festivities!


When talking about what cranberry can do for you, it’s impossible not to mention urinary tract health. Cranberries have a unique property that makes it difficult for bacteria to overgrow in theurinary tract—which allows you to “flush” out potentially harmful bacteria when you pee.1* How you get your daily cranberry is entirely up to you; you could choose to drink cranberryjuice, or you could skip the extra calories and sugar by taking a super-concentrated supplement. Cranberry supplements can be taken orally as a capsule, a caplet or a delicious gummy—the choice is yours!


Now that you know why cranberry is so essential to help flush and maintain a healthy urinary tract,* take a look at this scrumptious recipe that is sure to wow at your Friendsgiving fiesta. Not only are you reaping the benefits of cranberries, but you’re also getting additional antioxidants thanks to pecans’ heart-friendly properties.3*

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 8 minutes to 10 minutes at 400°F

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 egg


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and coat 3 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat olive oil, butter and orange juice on medium speed for 2 minutes, beat in egg; at lowest speed, beat in flour mixture, just until blended.
  4. Add cranberries, pecans and orange rind, and beat for 1 minute.
  5. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake cookies at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm and golden around edges, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

So enjoy yourself this Thanksgiving, and remember not to let the turkey take all the limelight! Cranberries are not only a delicious addition to any festive table, but they’re nature’s way of helping you maintain a healthy urinary tract.*

1 Cranberries for UTI Prevention,
2 Cranberry-Apricot Puffs,
3 The Benefits of Pecans,