Monday, June 27, 2016

In The News: Some Great Info From the Cranberry Institute!!!

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The Latest in Cranberries and Health
New Research Confirms Cranberries’ Role in Reducing UTI Recurrence and Potential for Decreased Use of AntibioticsA landmark study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that drinking 8-ounces/day of 27% cranberry juice beverage (similar to low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail) reduced the number of symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) by nearly 40 percent in women with recurrent UTIs (over two UTIs in one year). This multicenter, clinical trial found that with a 98% compliance rate, women aged 20-70 who consumed cranberry juice daily over a two-year period significantly lowered their UTI risk compared to drinking a placebo beverage of equal volume. The authors attest that the results support that cranberry juice offers women a nutritional alternative to daily low-dose antibiotics often prescribed to reduce symptomatic UTIs. Thus, providing an option that could help lower the risk of antibiotic resistance due to chronic use. By reducing UTI risk, it may also help decrease the number of doctor visits and lab costs associated with diagnosis and treatment. Finally, the results show that daily cranberry juice consumption may offer women with recurrent UTIs relief that could help improve their quality of life.

Kevin C Maki, Kerrie L Kaspar, Christina Khoo, Linda H Derrig, Arianne L Schild, and Kalpana Gupta. Consumption of a cranberry juice beverage lowered the number of clinical urinary tract infection episodes in women with a recent history of urinary tract infectionAm J Clin Nutr. 2016 103: 1434-1442; doi:10.3945/ajcn.116.130542

Bog Chat with a Cranberry Grower: Introducing Fawn Gottschalk
Please note: Interview paraphrased for space purposes, link to full interview is below.

Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in a “cranberry family.” I am a fifth-generation cranberry grower from central Wisconsin, mother of two, community volunteer and hold positions on a cranberry committee and two industry boards – including the Cranberry Institute Board of Directors. My expertise is in finance and bookkeeping, but I’m learning more about daily crop management every day from our marsh manager and by attending education sessions put on by our growers’ association.
·         How long has the farm been in your family? 
o   My family farm in Wisconsin Rapids, Gottschalk Cranberry, Inc., was started in 1940 by my grandfather. Since the beginning the marsh has undergone several phases of expansion and now totals 234 acres of cranberry vines.
·         What is your favorite part of being a cranberry grower?
o   Just one? How does one pick?! I love that our crop has so many health benefits and our industry employs so many people in our state. But my favorite thing about being a cranberry grower is the people. From my family to our crew of dedicated employees to neighbors and fellow growers who have become friends…we are all united by our passion for those little ruby-colored berries.
·         Do you do any community outreach on the farm?
o   I will give any school group who’d like one a marsh tour. In Wisconsin, fourth grade is the year they learn about our state, so that’s a popular age for visitors. I also serve on the PR committee for the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association and we sponsor the Cranberry Blossom Festival in our community in June.
·         What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy cranberries in the summer?
o   Cranberry juice in lemonade or punch recipes
o   Cranberry ice cream
o   Dried cranberries in broccoli salad or in granola with yogurt

Family at Cranberry Sampling EventIf you are interested, you can find our full Q&A with Fawn, as well as more photos, here. If you would like any additional information, we’re also happy to connect you with Fawn directly, for an email or phone interview.

Photo: Fawn and her two sons handing out samples of juice and dried cranberries at a sporting event in Madison, WI

Enjoying Cranberries All Year Long!
Share the cranberry juice cocktail facts with this graphic!

And there are even more ways to enjoy cranberry juice cocktail all summer long…
·         Try out a tart, tangy salad dressing
·         Make fun and delicious layered ice cubes (HINT: be sure to check your package for a little help with this one!)
·         Mix up a family-friendly refreshing cranberry-lemonade punch
·         …or an adults-only cranberry margarita
·         Bring a twist to a BBQ classic with cranberry baked beans

USDA-Reviewed Cranberry Health Research Review 
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the USDA-reviewed cranberry nutrition and health review published in the Cranberry Health Research Library on  

Cranberry Health Research Library 
Browse the selections by year to find the most recent publications:


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