Nutritious and delicious ways to enjoy Ocean Spray® cranberries every
day, everywhere, every way
LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Finding new ways to refresh your eating routine can be tricky and
time-consuming, especially if you’re trying to pack more fruits and
vegetables into your day. If you’re looking for a fruit that works as
hard as you do, consider the tasty and flavorful cranberry. Updating
your diet to include nutrient-dense foods like cranberries is a simple
way to give your body the boost it needs morning, noon and night.
Add a Little Cran to Your Everyday Meal Plan
Cranberries are Mother Nature’s Superfruit. Whether you eat three square
meals a day or prefer smaller portions throughout, adding the healthy
goodness of the cranberry has never been easier thanks to a wide range
of product choices from Ocean Spray®.
Kick-start your day with the power-packed
Berry Smoothies can be a great way to incorporate fruit – both whole
and juice – into your morning routine. According to the USDA MyPlate,
consuming one 8-ounce (236 ml) serving of 100% juice, such as Ocean
Spray® 100% Juice Cranberry Juice Blend, is the same as eating one
cup of fruit. That’s 50 percent of your recommended daily fruit intake
for the day. And, if you are looking to cut down on calories, one
8-ounce (236 ml) serving of Ocean Spray® Light Cranberry Juice Drink is
equal to ½ cup of fruit.
Looking for a portable, healthy treat that can satisfy
as a snack or sass-up your lunch? Just add Craisins®
Dried Cranberries. From sweet and savory snacks like Ladybugs
on a Log to simple salads,
adding Craisins® Dried Cranberries is an easy way to add more fruit to
your diet. In fact, USDA MyPlate guidelines indicate that eating a ½ cup
(59 ml) of Craisins® Dried Cranberries is the same as eating a whole cup
of fruit. An added bonus is that Craisins® Dried Cranberries are
naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free and are a good source of fiber.
You’ve been sneaking fruit into your diet all day but
don’t stop there! Satisfy every taste bud on your tongue by adding the
bold, tart taste of cranberries to sides, entrées or after dinner
snacks. Pairing simple ingredients like Craisins® Dried Cranberries with
Cranberry Juice Cocktail can amp-up the simplest chicken
dish or add a zesty zing to sides like Cranberry
Mint Marinated Cucumbers. Craving an after-dinner sweet? Try the Berry
Refreshing Green Tea Granita.
Cranberries pack a powerful nutritional punch!
Cranberries taste good, and are good for you too, because a myriad of
cranberry products, including cranberry juice cocktail, contain PACs – a
powerful nutrient known to play a role in preventing urinary tract
According to Amy Howell, PhD, a leading cranberry research scientist at
the Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center at Rutgers
University, NJ, “There are PACs in cranberry juice cocktail, about 36 mg
in a 10-ounce glass. This is the amount that has been shown to have
protective health benefits in clinical trials.”
Decades of scientific studies from independent research institutions
globally have provided evidence
tying the regular consumption of cranberry products to urinary tract
health and the reduction of recurrent UTIs, while newer, novel research
suggests that cranberries have anti-bacterial properties that may help
to suppress the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and cavity-forming
bacteria1, 2. Emerging research also
supports the cranberry’s role in promoting heart health due to their
rich polyphenol content3.
“The overwhelming evidence supporting the health benefits of all forms
of cranberry products makes a compelling case to incorporate cranberries
in a nutritious diet,” says Terry Humfeld, Executive Director of the
Cranberry Institute. “Not only are cranberries healthy, but they are
available in a variety of forms – from juice, fresh, dried, or sauce –
to appeal to every palate.”
About Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700
cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile
who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations.
Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of
cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the
best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category. The
cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand
great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 100 countries worldwide.
With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and
processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business
in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment.
For more information visit: www.oceanspray.com
1 Shmuely H, Ofek I, Weiss EI, Rones Z, Houri-Haddad Y.
Cranberry components for the therapy of infectious disease. Curr Opin
Biotechnol, 2012; 23(2):148-52.
2 Bonifait L, Grenier D. Cranberry polyphenols: potential
benefits for dental caries and periodontal disease. Journal of the
Canadian Dental Association, 2010; 76: a130.
3 Rodriguez-Mateos A, Heiss C, Borges G, Crozier A. Berry
(Poly)phenols and Cardiovascular Health. Journal of Agricultural and
Food Chemistry, 2014; 7(62):3842-3851.
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Kelly Vesty, 617-520-7061