03.31.2016 Good Nutrition Starts with the Power-Packed Cranberry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn March is a time to take note of your nutrition habits and make changes that will improve your overall diet. If you aren’t already a cranberry lover, this is the perfect time to consider adding this unique berry to your meals. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services’ underscores that consuming the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables is essential for a healthy diet. It acknowledges that 100% juice and dried fruit are healthy ways to increase daily fruit servings, and recognizes that nutrient-dense, naturally tart, low-sugar foods, like cranberries, need to be sweetened so people can enjoy the health benefits of the fruit. Cranberries are distinguished in the nutrition world because they boast health benefits. Most well-known for helping to reduce urinary tract infections, the cranberry’s unique combination of compounds, such as Type-A PACs (proanthocyanidins), may also help promote stomach and oral health. The great news is that a myriad of cranberry products, including cranberry juice cocktail, contain PACs. So whether you’re into Cranberry Juice Cocktail, 100% Cranberry Juice, Light Cranberry Juice Drink or Craisins® Dried Cranberries, there are simple easy ways to boost your body (and fruit intake) with the delicious, nutritious cranberry. Here’s how you can fit those tasty red berries into your daily diet based on MyPlate serving information: Drink a serving: A single 8-ounce glass of Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Blend Cranberry has no added sugar and is equal to one cup of fruit – you’re already halfway to your recommended daily fruit intake! Fiber is your friend: Just a ¼ cup of Craisins® Dried Cranberries meets 25% of the recommended daily fruit intake—and is good source of fiber. Snack smart: Mid-day snacker? That’s good news, if you choose a tasty and healthy option like Ladybugs on a Log. You’ll work some extra fruit into your day, and the combination of fiber from Craisins® Dried Cranberries and celery, and healthy fats from peanut butter, will keep you full until dinner. Lighten up: One 8-ounce glass of Ocean Spray® Light Cranberry Juice Drink has only 50 calories – and counts as ½ cup of fruit, or 1/4 of your recommended daily fruit intake. Find more tools and resources at ChooseMyPlate.gov to build a plan and track your healthy diet progress.