norman-rockwell-thanksgivingAmericans gobble up 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. Add in leftovers.. it equates to about 3 pounds of turkey per person.  So you won’t feed so guilty about your Thanksgiving Feast, The folks at EatTurkey.com advocate turkey as a healthful protein source, with zero saturated fat, fewer calories from fat and 8 percent more protein than chicken. Our friend Ellen Troyer  over at Biosyntrx has something else to say about turkey and cranberries:

Turkey contains the essential amino acid, L-tryptophan, a precursor for serotonin, which aids sleep and anxiety and helps in niacin (one of the B vitamins) production. Foods that are considered great sources of L- tryptophan are dairy products, poultry, beef, barley, brown rice, fish, soybeans and peanuts. Nevertheless, we’re sorry to say that if you’re looking for the sedative effect from tonight’s late-night turkey sandwich, it’s unlikely you’ll get it.

Cranberries: The Leader of the Antioxidant Pack- Researchers have discovered that cranberries, another Thanksgiving tradition,  protect against cancer, build-up of arterial plaque, urinary tract infections, gum disease, Alzheimer’s, and possibly macular degeneration. Hopefully, you have some cranberry sauce leftover in your refrigerator, or a bottle of unsweetened cranberry juice.

Many plant-based foods, especially the colorful ones, contain large quantities of polyphenols, the powerhouse antioxidants that quash the damage created by free radical oxidants. The chronic degenerative diseases listed above, as well as diabetes and many forms of dementia have been linked to cellular damage caused by the slow and unremitting onslaught of free radicals associated with the aging process.

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PACs) that can prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria, including E. coli, which is associated with stomach ulcers and urinary tract infections. Another peer-reviewed study suggests that cranberries inhibit biofilm formation of oral bacteria responsible for dental plaque and periodontal diseases. Cranberries also contain significant amounts of polyphenolic compounds demonstrated to inhibit LDL cholesterol oxidation associated with arterial plaque.

So there you have it.. eat away.. and have a great Thanksgiving.

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