The red color of cranberries may make them a holiday tradition, but the antioxidants they contain make them healthy. Cranberries contain several different antioxidants. Their crimson color comes from a flavonoid that may help lower your LDL-(bad) cholesterol which may help with the fight against heart disease and stroke. Cranberries may also protect you from certain cancers, gum disease, urinary tract infections and stomach ulcers. While more research is needed, you can definitely benefit from eating cranberries as part of your holiday fare and any time.