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10 Festive Foods That Are Beneficial For Your Health

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Despite the flack that holiday dishes get, many, or aspects of them, actually promote many health benefits.

In fact, believe it or not that cranberry sauce you slather over your turkey, not to mention the bird itself, both contain vital nutrients.

So why focus on the negative—the trans fats, excess calories, and high sodium—in traditional holiday fare. Let’s celebrate the positive health benefits of the following ten festive favorites.

1. Cranberry Sauce

Whether you prefer the canned variety or fresh cranberry sauce made by your Nana, the cranberries that make up the base of this festive sauce are jam-packed with antioxidants, which protect the body against the effects of free radical damage.  In fact, a cup of cranberry sauce contains high levels of anthocyanins, the antioxidant touted for reducing the risk of certain cancers, urinary tract infections, and heart issues.

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