There are many health benefits of cranberries. Eat them! Eat them for Thanksgiving as whole cranberry sauce and in baked goods. They are tart, but in baked muffins or bread, their tartness is reduced due to the small amount of sugar in the muffin recipe. Kids usually like muffins with berries in them and young children will more likely eat these than cranberry sauce that is more tart.
This means that cranberries contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. They reduce free radical activity, which is oxidation, similar to rusting, of the aging body. They protect the cells and DNA. These are all good things! Prevention of disease begins in infancy and childhood. Infants (<1) and toddlers (1-3) can eat cooked cranberry sauce that is blenderized, because larger chunks of cranberries are a choking hazard.