Cranberries are a staple on the table during the holidays, but eating them all year long can benefit your health.
Nutritionists at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute say cranberries are rich in benzoic acid, a nutrient that has been shown to stop the growth of lung and colon cancer, and some forms of leukemia. Cranberries are at their peak right now, making their benzoic acid is strongest, so nutritionists suggest buying them now and stick them in the freezer for later.
As for pumpkins, Halloween may have passed but experts say incorporating pumpkins into your thanksgiving plan is a healthy choice because they're packed with carotenoids, a cancer fighting nutrient.
You can enjoy their health benefits by shopping for 'sweet' or 'pie' pumpkins and using them in soups, ravioli and breads. While there are carotenoid supplements, they have been shown not to be as effective as actually eating these foods.