Healthy benefits to Thanksgiving feast

Published On: Nov 21 2012 04:58:13 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 21 2012 06:34:31 PM EST

Experts say not all of the food you eat during Thanksgiving Day is bad for you.

DETROIT -

Thanksgiving is typically thought of as an unhealthy holiday.

But, nutritionists say several foods that are a traditional part of the feast are actually quite good for us and should be a part of our diet all year-round.

Cranberries are often considered as only a garnish but they're also garnering respect from researchers.

The bright berries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to block the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer, and some forms of leukemia.

When eaten regularly, cranberries also reduce the risk of gum disease and ulcers.

Experts say you can buy several bags now and store them in your freezer to use later.

Finally, pumpkins aren't just for pie. 

Pumpkins, squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes are all packed with a cancer fighting nutrient that reduces the risk of colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancers.

Nutritionists recommend eating them often as side dishes or, work them into the main course in soups, smoothies, or in ravioli form.

Pecan pie is also a popular holiday staple in some households.

The pie may be a diet disaster but, nutritionists say the nuts alone can help boost muscle strength and are full of the same healthy fats found in olive oil.

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