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DRIED CRANBERRY

DRIED CRANBERRY

DID YOU KNOW?
The Cranberry is a perennial plant that produces low-growing and woody vines that can survive indefinitely.1 They have a long history. In North-America, wild cranberries were first consumed by native populations and European settlers who adopted the Native American uses for the fruit.1,2 Farmers began cultivating them in the early 19th century in the USA.
Vaccinium macrocarpon
There are two major species of cranberries: the American and the European. The American or large-fruited Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is indigenous to the North American continent and the most widely grown in commercial plantings.1,2 Cranberry production is concentrated mainly in the USA, Canada and Chile.
The majority of cultivated cranberries are processed into products such as sweetened dried cranberries or juice.1 opular ways to consume dried cranberries include trail mixes, in baked goods and in salads. DRIED CRANBERRY
BENEFITS
Nutrients
Dried cranberries are a source of fiber and vitamin E (α-tocopherol).3,4
Gut microbiota
A 2016 study investigated the role of the Vaccinium berry fruit (cranberries) in modulating gut microbiota function and cardiometabolic risk factors. Cranberry bioactive compounds have been found to contribute to mechanisms affecting bacterial adhesion that may underlie potential clinical benefits on gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections, as well as on anti-inflammatory actions mediated via the gut microbiome.5
ITU
Cranberry products have also been studied for urinary tract infection (UTI) prevention and treatment. The consumption of sweetened dried cranberries has a potential beneficial effect, thanks to their primary compound proanthocyanidins (PACs), in reducing the number of recurrent UTIs, according to a 2013 study.6
FUN FACTS
Due to the cranberry’s ability to float, they are harvested by flooding fields with water. This method, called wet harvesting, is the primary harvesting method.1
American sailors carried cranberries on their trips in order to prevent scurvy.1 DRIED CRANBERRY
Native Americans used cranberries as a medicine to treat arrow wounds and to dye rugs and blankets.1
References:

1)    Neto, C.C and Vinson, J.A. 2011. Cranberry. In Benzie, I.F.F. and Wachter-Galor, S.Eds., Herbal Medicine - Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, pp 107-128. Boca Raton Fl, USA. Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
2)    McCown, B.H. and Zedin, E. L. 2005. Vaccinium spp. Cranberry. In Litz, R.E. Ed. Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops (Biotechnology in Agriculture Series, Nº 29), pp 247-261. Cambridge MA, USA.
3)    USDA Food Composition Databases. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28 slightly revised May, 2016: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list.
4)    Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32006R1924&from=en.
5)    Blumberg, Jeffrey B., et al. "Impact of cranberries on gut microbiota and cardiometabolic health: Proceedings of the cranberry health research conference 2015." Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal 7.4 (2016): 759S-770S.
6)    Burleigh, A. E., Benck, S. M., McAchran, S. E., Reed, J. D., Krueger, C. G., & Hopkins, W. J. (2013). Consumption of sweetened, dried cranberries may reduce urinary tract infection incidence in susceptible women–a modified observational study. Nutrition journal, 12(1), 139.

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