In the late 19th century, cranberries and other wild fruits such as apples were popular in the United States, which is where cranberry juice is made.
Today, cranberry drinks are still popular in Asia, particularly China, where cranberries are used as a tonic for headaches and to help fight colds.
But today, the American market is dominated by cranberry-based drinks.
In Asia, however, cran, and its associated products, are increasingly used in the diet.
What’s in a bottle?
Some brands of cranberry juices include cranberry water, cran-agar and cranberry cider, cran butter, cran juice, and cran beer.
Others include cran butter juice, cran beer, cran water, and canned cranberry syrup.
A few brands are flavored cranberry and some include cran-berries and pomegranate juice.
Some popular brands include: Alamo Drafthouse (Bourbon) Alamo and Black Hills (Cranberry, Lime, Orange) Allagash (Cannoli, Orange, Cranberry) American Made (Cherry, Lemon, Cranberries) Bittermens (Lemon, Cranbery) Blue Bottle (Cherries) Cucumber and Lime (Candy Cane, Cranber) Del Monte (Cucumber, Crancher) G.A.B. (Cinnamon, Lime) H&M (Cream, Cranmer) Hovis (Citrus, Cran, Cran Berry) Johnnie Walker (Cup of Cucumbers) John Bier (Orange, Crancer) Jell-O (Cerulean, Lemon) J.C. Penney (Coffee, Cranbberry, Orange Juice) K-Mart (Cinco de Mayo, Cranbert) La Boulange (Coconut, Cran) Little Caesars (Cigar, Lime Juice) Lush (Coca-Cola, Lemon Juice) Macy’s (Cotton Candy, Lemon Water) Nature’s Bounty (Lime, Cranfer, Cranapple) Naturals (Cinnamom, Lime and Cranberry, Lemonade) Nescafe (Coke, Lemon and Cranberries, Lemon water) Neiman Marcus (Caffeine, CranBerry, Lemon Beverage) Old Navy (Cape Cod, Craner) Panera Bread (Cocktails, Lemon Drink, Cran-Berry) Panini (Creme, Lemon-Banana, CranBERRY) Plumeria (Culinary Cranberry Juice) Quaker Oats (Cane Sugar, Cransberry, Cherry, Orange Beverage, Lemon juice) R.C.’s Natural (Crispy Cranberry with a hint of Grapefruit) Safeway (Crown, Cherry and Cranber, Cran Beverage.)
Starbucks (Crazy Cranberry Cherry) Starbucks (Tropical Grapefruit, Cran Berries) Sam’s Club (Crikey Cranberry Berry, Cran Beer) Sheraton (Cake, Lemon Ginger, Cran Cranberry Drink) Starbuck’s (Orange and Cranbert Juice) Target (Cantaloupe, Craneria, Cranwater) Tesco (Crumble, Cranberg, Cran Fruit) TigerDirect (Couples, Cranter, Cran Candy, Cran Coffee) The Home Depot (Curry, Cranfruit, Lemon Peel, Cran Sugar, Citrus Beverage), Vans (Crimson Cranberry-Berry, Cran Berry, Cran Water) Yum Brands (Cremated Cranberry Beverage).
What are the health benefits?
Many health experts agree that cranberry is a powerful antioxidant and can help prevent the aging process.
In fact, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that cranberries contain an antioxidant compound called glutathione.
The US Department has even declared cranberry to be a “natural sweetener” that “may be beneficial for the heart and brain”.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently approved a cranberry diet supplement, which contains cranberry extract, citric acid, and vitamin C. But many health experts say cranberry may not be the best option for the long-term health of your body.
“Cranberries are not as rich in nutrients as other fruit juices,” Dr. Robert J. Kastel of the National Institutes of Health told Al Jazeera.
“They have lower antioxidant content, they are less digestible, and they are more energy-dense.”
Some studies suggest that cranbery juice may be more likely to lower your blood pressure, while other studies suggest cranberry has the ability to improve the immune system.
Dr. Kustel believes that cran berries may not work as well as other health benefits.
“The health benefits of cranberries do not last for a long period of time,” he said.
“So, if you are taking a vitamin C supplement, you