Before you head off to start the annual American cooking marathon, here's a quick, clean and healthy Thanksgiving joke:
Why are cranberries so red?
Because they were embarrassed to see the turkeys dressing.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Cranberry sauce is one treat at the table you don't have to feel guilty about--they're totally healthy super foods. Here are cranberries' many health benefits, according to a recent story on msnbc.com:
- Drinking cranberry juice can block urinary infections by binding to bacteria so they can’t adhere to cell walls. While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.
- A compound Howell discovered in cranberries, proanthocyanidine, prevents plaque formation on teeth; mouthwashes containing it are being developed to prevent periodontal disease.
- In some people, regular cranberry juice consumption for months can kill the H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.
- Drinking cranberry juice daily may increase levels of HDL, or good cholesterol and reduce levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.
- Cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place.
- Extracts of chemicals in cranberries prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube; whether that would work in women is unknown.
Enjoy your feast, and please share your favorite silly jokes I can share around our family Thanksgiving table.