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Straight from the bogs of New England, the magical, medicinal powers of the cranberry are getting a new boost from science. NPR reports that food chemists are finding compounds within the little red berries that were unknown even 20 years ago. Jim Harnly, research leader of the USDA's Food Composition and Methods Development Lab, told NPR that the lab is using new high-tech methods to decipher the exact composition of cranberries, which are loaded with polyphenols, and known to have an antioxidant, or "anti-aging" effect. In Allison Aubrey's latest entry in her NPR video series, Tiny Desk Kitchen, she explores it all in "Are Berries All That Or Just Hype?".
After getting inspired by the video, you may be inspired to cook up some special cranberry sauces (or a Cranberry-Pecan or Gingered Cranberry-Raspberry relish) in this gallery of Kitchen daily recipes. Or get right to dessert with a Cranberry Cheesecake.