LAKEVILLE- MIDDLEBORO, Mass., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cranberries are already an important part of your holidays, but research suggests they can be part of your everyday healthy diet. This is because of their unique ability to block bacteria that can cause UTIs and reduce the antibiotics used to treat them. So whether you scoop it, slice it, or sip it - get smart about the healthy holiday fruit that can serve double duty for you and your guests.
Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get infections from germs that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. Which is why, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance is a serious global threat. While antibiotic resistance sounds like a vague, technical term, arming ourselves with knowledge could be the strongest form of protection there is. According to the CDC, up to 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in outpatient settings are unnecessary, which means people must be vigilant about understanding when they need antibiotics and when they don't. UTIs are the second most common infection treated with antibiotics today, and therefore present an opportunity to help address the issue of antibiotic resistance.