Find out why cranberries are so good for you.
Ocean Spray is a farmers' co-operative and the biggest grower of cranberries worldwide, growing in excess of 60% of the world's cranberries. The company was formed in 1930 by three cranberry growers who introduced their first cranberry juice drink in the same year, now known as Ocean Spray® Cranberry Classic™.
The cranberry harvest is a time-honoured tradition for Ocean Spray. Each autumn, the North American Ocean Spray growers harvest cranberries in sandy fields or marshes. The cranberries are then ‘wet harvested’ by flooding the fields with water – creating a beautiful red sea of cranberries!
The cranberry has enjoyed a long, colourful and magical history. For Americans, it is a native fruit and plays an important role in the American way of life. Children grow up drinking cranberry juice drinks and it would be unthinkable for them to not serve cranberry sauce with turkey at Thanksgiving. Throughout history, American Indians used cranberries in cooking, for medical purposes and as a dye.
WHY ARE CRANBERRIES GOOD FOR YOU?
Cranberries not only taste deliciously sweet and tangy but they are good for you too. Packed with powerful nutrients, these little berries are one of nature’s original super fruits.
Cranberries contain unique compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACS) that have been proven to help bolster your internal defences against certain bad bacteria. PACS help prevent them from sticking to healthy cells in your body and help flush them out of your system, protecting your digestive and urinary tract health .
Cranberries also contain antioxidants, such as flavonoids and vitamin C, which help to strengthen the immune system and reduce free-radical damage that can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease. In fact, cranberries have been proven to have more naturally-occurring antioxidants per gram than most other common fruit .