Here’s one more thing to be thankful for– food on our Thanksgiving table have many heath benefits. These foods, indigenous to America, are likely to have been served at the first Thanksgiving. Turkey is a rich source of protein, is low in fat, is a source of iron, zinc, potassium, vitamin B6, niacin, and is said to lower cholesterol levels. Green beans are loaded with skin-strengthening silicon and collagen-building carotenoids. Winter squash makes us happier with feel-happy omega-3-fatty acids. Cranberries keep brains young by protecting from age-related cognitive decline, thanks to an abundance of anti-inflammatory compounds. Pumpkin staves off diabetes. Pumpkin regenerates damaged insulin-producing cells. The healthiest pumpkin pie is made from maple syrup rather than sugar. Corn protects eyesight. Yellow pigment (lutein and zeaxanthin) filter UV light. Happy Thanksgiving!