New Research Shows Cranberries Can be a Natural and Effective Tool for Food Safety
With summertime cookouts in full swing, soaring temperatures and inadequate food preparation and storage can turn your basic BBQ into a food safety fiasco. Now there's a new weapon in the fight against food borne illness — the cranberry. New research suggests cranberries not only protect your body from bacteria but your burgers too!
In what is thought to be an unusual combination, cranberries and hamburgers have come together to create a perfect defense against food borne illness. Every year, an estimated 76 million cases of food borne illness and 5,000 associated deaths occur in the United States. Bacteria grow rapidly between 40 and 140 °F and can double every 15 minutes at room temperature and become 4 million bacteria in only 8 hours. While chemical additives have traditionally been used to preserve food, more and more consumers are seeking natural alternatives, such as cranberries.