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According to legend, the pomegranate grew in the Garden of Eden, and this nutritional fruit has been used as a folk medicine for thousands of years.  More recently, the pomegranate has paved its way to being a health and nutrition superstar.

Research has show than consuming pomegranate has long-term preventative health benefits—protecting from Alzheimer’s disease, heart problems, aging, and arthritis.

What is the Nutrient Value in Pomegranate fruit?

One medium size pomegranate has 105 calories, trace amounts of fat, no cholesterol, 4.62 mg sodium, 398 mg potassium, 1.4 g protein, and about 1 g of fiber.

What is the Nutrition and Health Benefits in Pomegranate fruit?

Pomegranates possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can help fight both osteo-arthritis and osteoporosis by slowing down the deterioration of cartilage.

This is due to pomegranates rich source of poylphenols, the chemicals in plants that provide their flavor and color.  Polyphenols are antioxidants, meaning they help protect cells from damage and help to lower inflammation in the body.

Pomegranate fruit is also high in vitamin C.  One pomegranate provides about 40% of the daily requirement of this vitamin.

Recently, scientists have discovered its usefulness in treating fertility problems, blood pressure, and prostate cancer.

Other than the fruit itself, you can find pomegranate extract, pills, capsules, and powder form.

How to Select and Store Pomegranate

To choose a pomegranate that will be sweet and juicy, look for a fruit that is as brightly colored as possible and heavy for it size.  Large pomegranates will have higher proportions of pulp.  A good pomegranate will have hard, red skin that is shiny and not withered.  The skin should not have any blemishes or cracks. And although it is tough, it should be thin.

Pomegranates stay fresh for about two weeks when stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.  In the refrigerator, they can be stored up to two months.

Funs ways to use the Pomegranate fruit

  • Try making a pomegranate chutney or jelly
  • Use as a salad topper
  • Mix in your oatmeal or other cereal
  • Top ice cream or yogurt to boost nutrition
  • Add with the celery and onion for an interesting stuffing.

I love textures in food, so basically you can add it to any rice dishes, or just about anything you want to pop.

With all these health and nutrition benefits the pomegranate can be a frustrating fruit to eat.  Not any more!  Watch this video on how to seed a pomegranate in 60 seconds, and you won’t be frustrated again.

Pomegranate Recipe
Try this Pomegranate, Kiwi, Avocado Salad recipe.

Video: How to Seed a Pomegranate in 60 seconds

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