Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The newest Ocean Spray Commercial:

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Make Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Review Highlights Cranberry for Possible Cancer Preventing Mechanisms

Friday January 19, 2007

Activity Due to Unique Combination of Plant Nutrients

EAST WAREHAM, Mass. - A new research review and study examines how cranberry's unique flavonoid compounds -- which act as potent antioxidants -- have been further linked to potential anti-cancer properties. Led by Dr. Catherine C. Neto of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and funded in part by the Cranberry Institute and the Wisconsin Cranberry Board, this review is the first to examine the effects of cranberry polyphenols on human cancer cells, in order to further explore cranberry's potential role in cancer prevention. The review was published in the current edition of The Journal of Nutrition and presented as a part of the International Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Cancer, hosted by the American Institute of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. in July 2006.

The review explores the existing research and recent findings on the anti-cancer properties of the cranberry, and its diverse phytochemical profile that likely plays a role in cancer prevention. Cranberries' high antioxidant content is one of the many factors that work synergistically to create observed anti-tumor activities. "The results from in vitro studies using a variety of tumor models show that the polyphenol extracts from cranberry inhibit the growth and spread of breast, colon, prostate, lung, and other tumors," said Dr. Neto.

"This review is so significant because it adds to the growing body of evidence of both the proven and emerging health benefits of the cranberry," said Martin Starr, PhD, science advisor to the Cranberry Institute.

The cranberry has long been recognized for its potential health benefits, from prevention of urinary tract infections and gum disease via a unique anti-adhesion mechanism, to its high level of antioxidants, which may also provide protection from cardiovascular disease. These new findings reinforce earlier research on cranberry's anti-cancer benefits and show promise that cranberry may limit processes involved in tumor development and growth in human patients.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles tested the extracts of six berries, including cranberry, against human tumor cell lines in cell cultures. Cranberry extract was shown to be effective in slowing cancer cell growth, a protective benefit that increased with the amount of extract added.

The evidence is compelling, especially for consumers looking to add healthier foods to their diet. "It's easy for consumers to add functional foods such as cranberries in their diet by eating dried cranberries as a snack or drinking a glass of cranberry juice once a day. And, apart from helping maintain wellness, cranberries taste great," said Jere Downing, Executive Director of the Cranberry Institute.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Good morning! Today, I thought I would share some interesting "Cranberry Trivia" tidbits that go back to the American Indians.

The Pequot Indians of Cape Cod called the berry ibimi, meaning bitter berry.

Algonquin Indians were among the first to harvest wild cranberries. They used them for food, medicine, and as a symbol of peace.

Native Americans pounded cranberries into a paste and mixed with dried meat, and called this mixture 'pemmican.'

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ever wonder how much cranberries you should eat/drink in a day? And then, there are different ways of getting your daily cranberries. There's juice, sauce, fresh and dried. So... how much of each one would be a good daily amount to eat or drink? Find out by going HERE.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Ocean Spray is releasing a series of new ads. Here's a brand new one.


Friday, March 09, 2007

I'm back! I've got a great new link for cranberry lovers. It's the Pacific Coast Cranberry Web. It has an amazing amount of information about cranberries! If you like cranberries, you've going to love this website!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

HERE is a really great petition to sign. It is, "Stop TeenScreen's Unscientific and Experimental 'Mental Health Screening' of American School Children". If you don't know what TeenScreen is... then just read the petition and you'll find out.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I have had computer problems and haven't been able to post. But... here I am again!

How about a cranberry recipe from the Ocean Spray Test Kitchen?! This one is Cranberry Yogurt Coffee Cake. YUM! Just click here for the recipe.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Here is a little tiny cranberry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Here's a little bit of a closer view of what cranberries look like today. You can really see the little cranberries starting to set on the vines.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Here is a closer view of what cranberries look like right now. This is interesting, because this picture shows cranberries in 3 different stages.

Monday, June 19, 2006

This is what a cranberry bog looks like today.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Here is a wonderful recipe for Cranberry Blueberry Muffins from the Ocean Spray Test Kitchen.

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