Red Hot Reasons Why The Cranberry Will Make Your New Year Happier and Healthier!

Ocean Spray shares tasty tidbits on how the cranberry will leave you
feeling good from head to toe!

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Let’s face it, we all look forward to the delicious treats, snacks and
elaborate meals that are synonymous with year-end festivities. Shortly
after the New Year, we reflect on the past, make resolutions for the
future and become mindful of our present selves (and all of those treats
that we shamelessly indulged in over the last month).

Every year, resolutions revolve around getting our eating and exercise
routines back on track – but rather than focusing only on outward
appearances, remember to care for your body’s overall health. While the
routine of daily life and work pressure can make healthy eating a bit of
a challenge, the delicious variety of Ocean Spray® cranberry products
provide a tasty and easy way to add more fruit to your diet – every day,
everywhere, and in every way.

Cranberries not only taste good and help you increase your fruit intake,
they are nutrient-dense and provide health benefits from supporting
urinary tract health to digestive tract health to heart health. It’s
amazing what a little cranberry can do, so start 2016 the right way by
making cranberries your go-to for great taste and even better health!

Delicious and Nutritious for You
yourself a tall, tasty glass of cranberry juice cocktail is a healthy
way to start your day and will not only rejuvenate your taste buds but
will help to cleanse and purify your body from the inside out.

Cranberries contain a unique combination of compounds, such as Type-A
proanthocyanidins (PACs), that target the bacteria that cause urinary
tract infections, such as preventing them from sticking in the body1.
These unique antibacterial properties, which may be a nutritional
approach to help maintain a healthy urinary tract, may help to reduce
the frequency of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections

Treat Your Tummy Well
benefits of Mother Nature’s Superfruit don’t stop there: The cranberry
may also help promote gastrointestinal health.

Half of the world’s population are infected with H. pylori, the
bacteria that causes stomach ulcers3. The cranberry’s
antibacterial properties, can help to suppress H. pylori4,5
by preventing adhesion in the body, may help balance digestive
bacteria6 and reduce inflammation7.

Emerging research suggests that the cranberry may also help ward off
bacteria in the mouth8.

The Perfect Pick for your Plate…
cranberry certainly adds an array of health benefits to your diet. Need
one more reason to add a little cranberry into your daily diet? Adding a
variety of Ocean Spray® products to your plate, such as 100%
and Craisins®
Dried Cranberries
, helps create a well-rounded meal that is USDA
MyPlate approved: one 8-ounce serving of 100%
is equal to one cup of fruit, and ¼ cup of Craisins®
Dried Cranberries
meets 25 percent of your recommended daily fruit
intake and is also a good source of fiber.

Now that you have the inside scoop on the cranberry, let your taste buds
do the talking!

… And Your Palate!
From their
vibrant color to their versatile flavor, cranberries are an ideal
addition to any meal – and with Ocean Spray’s diverse product offering,
you can include cranberries into your meal every way! Here’s how to rev
up your recipe routine with the refreshingly bold taste of cranberry:

  • Morning: Add a cup of Cranberry
    Juice Cocktail
    to your favorite smoothie or try this Mixed
    Berry Smoothie
    recipe for an extra helping of fruit. If you are
    craving a breakfast pastry, these Light
    Cranberry Oat Scones
    will help fuel up your day in a healthy way.
  • Noon: Looking for something savory
    and sweet? Boost your lunch with a fat-free and cholesterol free
    addition with bold flavor: A base of spinach, quinoa and cucumbers is
    completed with a handful of Craisins®
    Dried Cranberries
    to round out the meal and add more fruit and
    fiber into your diet. If you’re looking for a punch of protein, try
    our Chicken
    Cranberry Almond Salad
  • Night: Explore the lighter
    side of desserts by freezing Ocean
    Spray® Light Cranberry Juice Drink
    into refreshing Berry
    Chocolate Yogurt Pops
    , or top low-calorie frozen yogurt with a
    handful of Craisins®.

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:

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