Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves

Alright guys (finally!) here’s that cranberry post I was talking about. Now after I bought those cranberries and realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was working with, I decided maybe now was not the time to experiment. Work on a tried and true method first and then try something different. So I followed this recipe for the loaves exactly…with the exception that I poured the batter into an 18 count mini-loaf tray.

Now I’ll also tell you that I made these mini loaves around 10 pm, which is generally my bedtime on a working day. So what that means is…I didn’t take many pictures. Sorry! But I’m hoping to make it up to you guys by discussing a little about a widely used cranberry remedy.

Many of you may have heard that drinking cranberry juice will decrease your risk of contracting a UTI. So is that true? Well, the evidence doesn’t give us a simple answer but I’ll try to break it down for you.

Starting with the basics, why do people think cranberry juice will help treat UTI’s? Proanthocyanidins, which are the active ingredient in cranberries, prevent the fimbriae (extensions from the bacterial wall) of E. coli from attaching to uroepithelial tissue (tissue which lines the urinary system). E. coli infections are the most common cause of UTI’s so if this works, that’s great, right?!

Well, it turns out that this doesn’t actually work that well in practice. A study by Stapleton et al showed a slightly decreased rate of UTI’s in a group drinking cranberry juice versus a control group. However, the difference was not statistically significant. Another study by Barbosa-Cesnik et al actually showed a slightly higher occurrence of UTI’s in the group drinking cranberry juice.

Numerous other studies have also failed to show a significant effect from cranberry juice on UTI’s. So the general recommendation for those who suffer from recurrent UTI’s is to try cranberry juice only if other options (behavior modification, prophylactic antibiotics, etc.) have failed. While it may seem harmless to drink cranberry juice, you have to remember that cranberry juice is very high in sugar. And you’d have to drink several glasses a day to have any effect. So before you make that decision, you really need to consider the extra calorie intake.

All right folks, that’s all I have for you today. Hope you’ve learned something useful! And head over to Butter With a Side of Bread for the recipe for these cranberry mini-loaves because they were delicious! Enjoy!


  1. Barbosa-Cesnik, C., Brown, M. B., Buxton, M., Zhang, L., Debusscher, J., & Foxman, B. (2011). Cranberry Juice Fails to Prevent Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection: Results From a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52(1), 23-30. doi:10.1093/cid/ciq073
  2.  Hooton, T., & Gupta, K. (2016). Recurrent urinary tract infection in women. UpToDate. Retrieved January 18, 2017, from
  3. Stapleton, A. E., Dziura, J., Hooton, T. M., Cox, M. E., Yarova-Yarovaya, Y., Chen, S., & Gupta, K. (2012). Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection and Urinary Escherichia coli in Women Ingesting Cranberry Juice Daily: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 87(2), 143-150. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2011.10.006