Nutrition news: the selling of cranberries

Lilian Cheung, editorial director of HSPH’s Nutrition Source, is quoted in a Boston Globe story on how U.S. and Canadian cranberry growers, faced with an oversupply of the fruit, are seeking new global markets. Marketers tout the health benefits of cranberries, even calling it a “superfruit,” but in many cases the fruit is incorporated into unhealthy products such as doughnuts and sugary drinks. Cheung notes that a 12-ounce cranberry drink, for example, can have upwards of 12 teaspoons of sugar; excess sugar consumption can lead to obesity and could increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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