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Experts fear 'healthy' foods are being exaggerated by sponsored research

Daily Mail - Science & tech

For such a small fruit the humble cranberry seems to have an awful lot to offer. In just the past four months alone studies have suggested that cranberries in various forms can improve our memory, lower levels of harmful cholesterol and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. If that wasn't enough, another study, published in April in the journal Microbiology Spectrum, suggested that cranberry with manuka honey -- also prized for its health-boosting properties -- may have the potential to prevent tooth decay. That adds to a long back catalogue of research proving the benefits of cranberries -- in particular for tackling urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016 that showed drinking a'cranberry juice beverage' lowered the number of UTIs in women who'd recently had the infection. Put together, it makes quite the case for eating more cranberries or regularly downing a glass of cranberry juice.

Is Cranberry Good For A UTI? Urinary Tract Infection Relief Myths Revealed

International Business Times

Many women have long believed the best way to deal with a urinary tract infection (UTI) without seeking medical attention was by drinking cranberry juice, eating some cranberries or taking cranberry capsules. However, those who believe cranberries are the key to the solution are wrong. A new study conducted by researchers from the Yale School of Medicine found that cranberries do not cure or prevent urinary tract infections, the New York Daily News reported. Cranberry capsules given to residents at a nursing neither treated nor prevented UTI's among the group of older women, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Thursday. "This trial did not show a benefit of cranberry capsules in terms of lower presence of bacteriuria plus pyuria [presence of bacteria and white blood cells in the urine, a telltale sign of a UTI among older women living in nursing homes," the study stated.

How to win at marketing in 2019: Human-centered design led by AI


Ocean Spray Cranberry company has always used a human touch when interpreting data about its customers. The company developed its wildly popular Craisins product after discovering that only 38 percent of U.S. consumers were eating or drinking cranberries but around 60 percent of Americans like dried fruit. When social media became popular, Michael Nestrud, the company's senior manager of global sensory science and consumer affairs, made a hobby of analyzing Twitter posts about cranberries to get a sense of customers' emotions associated with the fruit. In many ways, Michael's approach is the wave of the future. However, unstructured customer data is unstructured and anecdotal -- only useful when you are able to sense patterns and incorporate the insights gained from them into customer outreach and experience.

The U.S. cranberry harvest explained in four charts

National Geographic

Bright red cranberries are visible from space during the harvest season, which occurs from mid-September through mid-November in North America. These images show a sample of bog harvests in Wisconsin between 2015 and 2019 captured by the Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 satellites. In 1959, a nationwide food panic erupted over a treasured Thanksgiving dish. Two weeks before the holiday, the federal government announced that cranberries had been contaminated by a cancer-causing chemical. Cranberry sales plummeted, schools tossed out cranberry products, restaurants eliminated the suspect fruit from menus.

How To Make Cranberry Sauce 2016: Easy Thanksgiving Recipes For The Perfect Feast [VIDEO]

International Business Times

Adding a small splash of crimson to a Thanksgiving spread, cranberry sauce is a staple of many feasts on turkey day in America. Whether from a can or made at home, the sauce adds a refreshing tang to the show. For those who want to try their hand at making cranberry sauce at home -- it is quite easy -- finding the right recipe can be important especially if it is going to stand out compared to the run of the mill canned sauce from the store. Below are a few recipes to consider ahead of the holiday. Classic Cranberry Sauce: By far the simplest of the recipes on this list, making classic cranberry sauce requires a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries, one cup of sugar, one strip of orange or lemon zest and two tablespoons of water.