Your traditional Christmas turkey is naturally low in fat, so you’re off to a good start if you’ve chosen this for the big day. Remove the skin if you want to be extra healthy as it contains most of the fat and you’ll save around 40 calories per portion. Turkey is a good source of lysine, which can help stop ugly cold sores and it also contains vitamins B, zinc and potassium, which keep cholesterol down, regulate blood pressure and boost the immune system. And the best news is it contains selenium, which could help protect against cancer.
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Cranberries are full of antioxidants and treat urinary tract infections like cystitis. They’re also rich in vitamin C, which protects cells, keeps them healthy and helps the body absorb iron and vitamin D, which regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body to keep bones and teeth healthy. If you have high blood pressure, cranberries are great because they contain potassium which helps lower it. Other health benefits include preventing stomach ulcers, dental plaque, heart disease and some cancers, so there’s no reason not to go back for a second helping.
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