T'is the season for white cranberry juice

 Image by Aivar Ruukel

Image by Aivar Ruukel

One of my favorite autumn fruits is cranberries. Whether cooked in cranberry sauce, or drunk as cranberry juice, I love the abundance of those tart and sweet little berries. But as much as I love the nutritional benefits of this power berry, I sometimes find the red cranberry juice a bit tart. Imagine my thrill to discover recently - white cranberry juice! Now I can drink my antioxidants without wincing from the tartness!

White cranberry juice is made from the juice of regular cranberry fruit that is harvested a few weeks early. The power of cranberries comes from phytonutrients, which are naturally derived plant compounds present in the fruit. White cranberry juice, since it comes from the same fruit, contains similar phytonutrients, antioxidants and Vitamin C.

Studies have shown that red cranberry juice contains proanthocyanidins that possess anti-clinging properties, preventing bacteria from binding itself to the cells on the walls of the bladder. This prevents the bacteria from multiplying further and enable the body to flush them out of the body through urination. Thus, red cranberry juice can support the prevention of urinary tract infections. 

Although white cranberry juice has not been studied as much, it's likely to offer the same advantage. What it lacks is the same amount of anthocyanin, a flavonoid that acts as an antioxidant and is responsible for the berries' red color. That said, the difference is likely minimal.

So, if you usually avoid red cranberry juice because you find it too tart, try drinking white cranberry juice instead to get similar nutrition! Or mix white cranberry juice into cocktails like our White Cranberry Spritzer.