Some of you actually look forward to that can-shaped glob? This year, go fresh with the cranberries. Here are a few good reasons to work the delicious piquant berry into the daily mix, Thanksgiving or not. Raw cranberries are a source of antioxidants and goodness thought to benefit the cardiovascular and immune systems, in addition to possessing anti-cancer properties. What they say about cranberry juice (no sugar!) and urinary tract infections isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Cranberries have anti-clotting properties believed responsible for crippling E. coli in the urinary tract. Scientists are exploring whether cranberries can be helpful in managing naughty bacteria in other parts of the body as well, like the proliferating invader that causes stomach ulcers. Dietary consumption of cranberry has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic inflammation in the stomach and colon.Cranberry season is short, but they freeze beautifully, and make an unexpected and colorful addition to autumn dishes.