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You don’t know what a healthy poop is until you’ve added some cranberries to your anti-cancer diet.
And what’s a hearty poop got to do with cancer?
Fiber, we’re now realizing, may be the most important waste known to human kind.
For one, it binds estrogens and other carcinogens and takes them out of your body along with the rest of the garbage. If you’re not pooping well and regularly, toxins sit around too long in your intestines and can get reabsorbed into the blood.
Immunity begins in the gut, scientists often say. The lining of your intestines acts as a barrier to keep harmful compounds from moving out of the intestines into the bloodstream (and vice-versa). Cranberries’ fiber gets fermented in your gut into fatty acids that help enrich the lining.
Those fatty acids also help control appetite, blood sugar and inflammation, an underlying cause of much modern disease.
See how that cranberry sauce gets all thick and gooey? Scientists think that compounds in cranberries can actually stick to harmful microbes and help transport them out of your body. And the latest research–which has berry scientists all buzzing– shows that cranberries seem to produce the good gut bacteria that fight the bad.
(For the full poop, with links to sources, check out the new piece on Zester Daily.)
The dilemma with crans is that they’ve got very little sugar. You really do have to sweeten them. If you have cancer or are watching your sugars for other reasons, try using one of the following:
- erythritol, the sugar substitute touted by health expert Dr. Michael Greger
- stevia (Has anybody found a brand with a decent taste?)
- glycine, an amino acid with some sweetness
Now it’s your turn to send me your anti-cancer holiday gift. Send in a recipe by December 15 for cranberry sauce using one of those three sweeteners. (Just reply to this post.) The best recipe will be featured in the guidebook, “Eat and Beat Cancer: How to Create Your Anti–Cancer Kitchen”– coming soon, I promise.