Independent research published in January 2006 suggests that the well-established health benefits of the cranberry now extend to dried cranberries too. Carried out by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston using Ocean Spray Craisins®, the study found that sweetened dried North American cranberries contain the anti-adhesion mechanism present in cranberry juice, puree and concentrate that prevents urinary tract infections.
This comes as good news for manufacturers in the bakery, dairy and cereals sectors, who, for the first time, can take advantage of the cranberry’s long established health claim for products containing sweetened dried cranberries.
The research team, led by BWH gynecologist James Greenberg, MD, tested the urine of five women with culture-confirmed urinary tract infection. The researchers tested Craisins, Ocean Spray’s sweetened dried cranberries, against raisins and found that subjects demonstrated an increase as high as 50 per cent in anti-adherence activity after consuming the Craisins.
“From earlier studies we know that dried cranberries contain high levels of PACs,” said Greenberg. “It is the unique structure of the PACs found in the North American cranberry that is responsible for keeping certain E. coli bacteria from causing infection by adhering to the urinary tract. This pilot study suggests that not just cranberry juice, but other forms of the fruit may be helpful in fighting infection.”
Arun Hiranandani, senior marketing manager at Ocean Spray ITG adds: “We welcome the new findings which, we believe, will help our customers create exciting new products backed by an impressive health claim - and attract even more positive interest towards cranberries and cranberry products.”
Craisins® is a registered trademark of Ocean Spray.
Ocean Spray ITG is part of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc, which currently ranks as one of the top 50 USA food and beverage companies. In Europe, combined sales of branded products and ITG ingredients have topped $100 million. Ocean Spray ITG offers an extensive portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusionsTM Fruits, cranberry powders, frozen cranberries and cranberry concentrate and purée – all available year round.