Can you eat fresh cranberries without cooking?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you eat fresh cranberries without cooking?” We will also discuss the benefits of eating cranberries.

Can you eat fresh cranberries without cooking?

Yes, you can eat fresh cranberries without cooking. Fresh cranberries are a great snack option as they contain many vitamins, however, they are often very bitter and should be eaten in moderation.

If, on the one hand, they are safe to consume, on the other, if consumed in excess, they can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. 

Another point to consider is that they can affect the way the liver processes blood-thinning drugs like warfarin, so cranberry intake in general, especially concentrated extracts, is not recommended for this public.

What are the health benefits of eating cranberries?

Cranberries like other berries have high antioxidant power, see below the nutritional information for 100g of fresh cranberries:

Calories46 kcal
Total Fat 0.1 g
Total Omega-3 fatty acids22 mg
Sodium2.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate12.2 g
Dietary Fiber4.6 g
Protein0.4 g
Calcium8.0 mg
Iron0.3 mg
Potassium85 mg
Vitamin A60.0 IU
Vitamin C13 mg
Vitamin E1.2 mg

Fresh Cranberry has several excellent vitamins and minerals for the proper functioning of the body. Some of these vitamins such as vitamin C are temperature unstable and consuming cranberries without cooking them can be a way to get the most of these nutrients.

In addition to providing vitamins, cranberries, cooked or not, have other health benefits that can help prevent and reduce the chances of some diseases:

  • Prevents aging and strengthens the immune system: The vitamin C present in cranberries can act by strengthening the immune system as well as fighting free radicals that generate aging.
  • Source of fiber: like many vegetables, cranberry has fibers that help relieve constipation and make you feel full.
  • Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): The popular saying that consuming cranberry juice can help prevent bacterial infections like UTIs turned out to be a possible truth.

    A 2017 analysis showed a reduction in the occurrence of cystitis in people with a history of UTIs. However, it is still necessary to understand which component present in cranberries has this effect.
  • Helps in stomach health: cranberries have phytochemicals called proanthocyanidins that prevent Helicobacter pylori bacteria from attaching to the stomach mucosa. This bacteria usually causes gastritis and ulcers.
  • Prevents cardiovascular diseases: Cranberries like other berries have polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory agents that strengthen the heart’s longing by decreasing blood pressure and preventing the accumulation of platelets.

How to make recipes with cranberries?

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Tangy and full of flavor this relish is the perfect accompaniment to meats like turkey and pork on holidays. Serves up to 3 cups.


  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • and 1 orange with the peel
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar


  • Cut off the top and bottom of the orange until you see the juicy part. Leave the rest of the skin on the orange and cut it into eight pieces.
  • Wash and dry fresh cranberries and add them to a food processor along with orange slices and sugar. Process until smooth.
  • Store in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving and for a maximum of one week.
  • Serve with your meat of choice.

Cranberry Crumble Oatmeal

Crunchy, tangy and comforting, this Cranberry Crumble Oatmeal is sure to be your new favorite breakfast.


  • 7 tbsp Rolled Oats
  •  1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
  •  1 red delicious Small Apple
  •  2/3 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (You can substitute for the plant-based milk of your choice)
  •  1 tsp Coconut Oil
  •  10 tsp Coconut Sugar


  • Toast 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with coconut oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar, and set aside.
  • Cook the remaining oats, cranberries, coconut sugar, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until the liquid absorbs and the berries burst, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl, top with the crumble and it’s ready to eat.

Cranberry Smoothie

A boost of fiber and vitamin C, perfect for a refreshing break with friends. Zesty, tangy, and sweet this smoothie yields 4 cups.


  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • ½ cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups orange slices, about 2 ripe oranges
  • orange zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup of almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • ¾ cup cranberry juice, unsweetened
  • ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened


  • Blend all ingredients for about 60 to 90 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add more milk or ice as needed to achieve the consistency desired.

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