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Carb Counts for Cranberries

Cranberry Nutritional Information


Updated June 27, 2014

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Cranberries are very low in sugar, and high in fiber and nutrients. I encourage people to buy extra bags in the autumn to freeze and use all year. Sugar-free cranberry sauce (see recipe link below) is good with meats, on yogurt or cottage cheese, and lots of other ways. More Cranberry Information

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Cranberries

  • 1 oz of cranberries: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 13 calories.
  • ½ cup chopped cranberries: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2.5 grams fiber and 25 calories.
  • ½ cup whole cranberries: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 23 calories.

Glycemic Index for Cranberries

There is no scientific study of the glycemic index of cranberries. Some sources have extrapolated from other similar foods that it would be in the low-moderate range.

More Information about the Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load of Cranberries

  • 1 oz of cranberries: 0
  • ½ cup chopped cranberries: 1

    ½ cup whole cranberries: 1

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Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in phytonutrients, especially antioxidants which can protect cells from damage, lower risk of cardiovasular disease, and provide other health benefits. Cranberries also have an antibacterial effect in the mouth and GI and urinary tracts.

Low-Carb Recipes With Cranberries

More Information About Cranberries at Calorie Count.

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