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How do these 10 Thanksgiving staples compare on nutritional value?

By: Robin Shreeves on Nov. 16, 2010, 7:22 a.m.
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Cranberry sauce

Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce vs. Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce: We know — family feuds can erupt over cranberry sauce. But on the off-chance cranberry sauce isn't contentious at your house, buy a couple of cans of the whole berry sauce this Thanksgiving.

NuVal gives Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce a 3, while smoother Jellied Cranberry Sauce receives a 1.

Both have the same ingredients — cranberries, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and water. The difference comes from the whole berries, which add a little fiber. The whole berry sauce has 1 gram of fiber per serving; the jellied variety has less than 1 gram. Both cranberry sauces have the same amount of calories, fat and sodium per serving.

The nutritional difference certainly isn’t enough to start a family war, but the whole berry is slightly better nutritionally than the jellied version.