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Power up with Pomegranate!

October 28th, 2013 | no comments

When I was little, my mom would occasionally bring home a pomegranate from the store, slice it open and put it in a bowl—always referring to it as a “Chinese apple.” I remember being intrigued by this rich magenta-colored fruit. I’d pop a few arils (pomegranate seeds) in my mouth, bite down to extract the deliciously tart juice and then spit the seeds out. Sure they were tasty, but it seemed like a lot of work just for a little juice! I would then inevitably leave the rest of the fruit on the table, where it would always end up in the trash because apparently my family felt the same way. Then I got older. Became a dietitian. Learned about the wonderful health benefits of pomegranates and most importantly discovered…YOU CAN EAT THE SEEDS! I am now an adorer of the pomegranate.

If you haven’t treated yourself to one in awhile (or if you’ve never had the opportunity to indulge) you’re in luck. They are currently in season (October through January) and can be spotted in your local grocery store today! If you’re not likely to toss one in your cart, drinking a bit of pomegranate juice can also offer health benefits. Just keep your portions small—about 4-8 ounces.

Pomegranates date back to 1500 BC:

They have been used for thousands of years to treat illness and can be found in Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian mythology and writings.

Health benefits of pomegranates:

  • They are a rich source of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C.
  • Preliminary research suggests they may slow atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and fight cancer cells.
  • May lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  • Early research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice might slow the progress of prostate cancer.

Pomegranate recipes!

One of my favorite ways to eat pomegranates is sprinkled on a salad. Adds a yummy contrast in flavor, color and texture! Click here for some delicious pomegranate recipes ranging from smoothies to main meals to desserts!

How to seed a pomegranate:

Click here to learn a 3-step, no mess method for seeding a pomegranate. Or you can always purchase ready-to-eat pomegranate arils, but honestly they are a bit pricey and quite frankly take out all of the fun!

Sources:
MedlinePlus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/392.html

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