SPRING 2017| Volume 14 - Issue 1
Experts Refute the Findings of Journal of the American Medical Association Study on Cranberries in Urology journal
Since the publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “Effect of Cranberry Capsules on Bacteriuria Plus Pyuria Among Older Women in Nursing Homes,” experts in both the study of cranberries and the practice of urology have spoken out against the conclusions that were made. A commentary explaining how the design was fatally flawed was published in the esteemed scientific journal, Urology. Led by, Bilal Chughtai, MD, Professor of Urology in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Efficacy of Cranberry in Preventing Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: Have We Learned Anything New? describes that positive results for recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) prevention with cranberries (or any therapy) would not be expected in this population where 69.2% of patients did not experience a UTI the year prior – the patients did not suffer from recurrent UTI as per Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines. Furthermore, asymptomatic bacteriuria and pyuria is unfortunately common in this population, thus the IDSA advises against treatment. Lastly, obtaining uncontaminated, reliable urine samples in this population is a globally recognized challenge especially given that 78% of the subjects had dementia, 68% had urinary incontinence and 44% had bowel incontinence. It is also concerning that of the 185 initial participants, 33 individuals died during the one-year study.
Without equivocation, Chughtai et al., states that cranberry products have reduced UTI rates in many at-risk populations in several studies. Adding that, quality randomized controlled trials on antibiotic alternatives, such as cranberry, are encouraged, or the medical community may be unable to manage the ever-increasing antibiotic-resistant UTIs.Abstract may be accessed here.
The FDA has started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling. Redefining “healthy” is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to enable them to easily and quickly make food choices consistent with public health recommendations and to encourage the development of healthier foods by the industry.
To submit a comment: http://www.regulations.gov
To understand the details and motivation for the request for comments, as well as the change to the definition of healthy, visit here.
The Cranberry Institute will be submitting a comment to ensure that foods like cranberries, that are nutrient dense, have added health benefits and may be sweetened, are appropriately considered in the definition of a “healthy” food.
Word from the Bog
While cranberry bogs are best known for their iconic harvest, cranberry farmers are hard at work all year ensuring the success of next year’s crop – and the spring season is no different! Check out this video with cranberry grower Jeff LaFleur, owner of Mayflower Cranberries in Plympton, MA and a member of the Cranberry Institute’s Board of Directors, where he takes us on a tour of springtime on a cranberry bog – from the pruning process to unique farm equipment.
In case you missed it: The Cranberry Institute has officially launched its Twitter Account: @CranInstitute! Please follow us and tag @CranInstitute in your cranberry-inspired posts!
We are excited to introduce the newest members of our Cranberry Bog Blogger network, joining us in 2017 to share expert nutrition information, delicious new recipes and fun cranberry facts!
Are you a Registered Dietitian with a blog? If you’d like to become a Cranberry Bog Blogger and receive additional cranberry health information, recipes and usage ideas to share with your readers, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To better understand how all foods fit, The Cranberry Institute has teamed up with the experts to provide resources that will help dietitians, and consumers, choose the right foods for a healthy diet.
The result of an expert dietetic panel hosted by Today’s Dietitian and the Cranberry Institute, the “How to Talk to Consumers About Added Sugars” statement was developed by dietitians, for dietitians, offering guidance for RDs counseling and speaking to media about added sugar.
Help consumers understand the importance of looking at the complete nutritional value of a product by demonstrating that many foods with added sugars also offer important added benefits.
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's new fact sheet, "Making Sense of Sugars; The Role of Sugars and Added Sugars in Food," sheds light on the limitations of focusing on "added sugar" and provides recommendations on choosing the right foods based on the new Nutrition Facts Panel.
Visit the Cranberry Health Research Library to find abstracts for more than 500 research studies that focus on cranberry and various aspects of human health. Browse by year to find the most recent publications: http://cranberryinstitute.org/doclib/doclib_search.cgi
|Shake up Taco Tuesday with a cranberry-inspired take on this classic with these tasty and simple Cranzy Chicken Tacos!
CRANZY CHICKEN TACOS
Cranberry Mayo (makes ½ cup)
Created by: Ingrid Rockwell/Deerfield Elementary School/Deerfield, WI for the Cranberry Marketing Committee / Wisconsin School Foodservice Cranberry Recipe Contest