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Eat Smart This Christmas!

Are you ready for a food fight? Here's the holiday version - so you know which seasonal foods pack the most nutritional punch:

- Should you choose roasted chestnuts or salted pistachios? Even if they're not roasting over an open fire, you should still choose the chestnuts. A small handful of chestnuts has 88 calories, while the same serving of pistachios packs twice as many! But if you're basing your decision on more than calories, both nuts are good for you. Chestnuts are a good source of Vitamin C, which will help keep your immune system strong. And pistachios absorb bad cholesterol. In fact, when volunteers at Penn State University ate pistachios every day, for 4 weeks, there was no denying the results. Those who munched pistachios saw their bad cholesterol level drop almost 12%.

- What about fruitcake versus gingerbread? A slice of fruitcake contains about 140 calories, while a slice of gingerbread contains almost twice as many! And the fruit in fruitcake is loaded with antioxidants and fiber, so you'll feel fuller longer. However, if it's gingerbread or nothing, don't sweat it too much.

The compounds in ground ginger help battle two major types of cancer by inhibiting breast and ovarian cancer cells from spreading. Plus, ginger helps break down protein, so after dinner it'll help with your digestion.