Evidently Advent Day 21: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season!

Editor’s note: This post has been left available to view, as an example of our experiments with sharing evidence in creative ways, but please note that, unlike our normal blogs, it has not been updated and so may not represent the latest Cochrane evidence.

What are cranberries good for?

Lots of people consume cranberry products believing this will help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). A Cochrane review investigated whether there is evidence to support this. It showed that cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing UTIs and may be unacceptable to consume in the long term. Cranberry products (such as tablets or capsules) were also ineffective, possibly due to lack of potency of the ‘active ingredient’

See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001321/RENAL_cranberries-for-preventing-urinary-tract-infections#sthash.MWy5eyls.dpuf

On the plus side, cranberries are good for Christmas, with lots of us enjoying them in our festive fare. I asked you to share your favourite cranberry recipes and here’s my pick of the crop: thank you Claire Allen for this easy recipe for delicious cranberry rock cakes!


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Evidently Advent Day 21: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season! by Sarah Chapman

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