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Friday, April 10, 2009

Food Friday - Pomegranates

I never had pomegranate fruit in my life till after New Year's day. I just wanted to complete our traditional 12 different kinds of round fruits to welcome the New Year so I had to get pomegranates too. Believe it or not, I didn't even have a clue on how to eat this fruit. I didn't know how to pull out the seeds or if I should eat them too, lol. So for those of you who don't have any idea on how to eat pomegranate, here are the easy steps on how to eat pomegranate for your health:

POMEGRANATES

Step1
Eat the seeds from the fruit. While pomegranates are messy to eat (the juice will stain fingers and clothes) and it may be difficult to pull the seeds out of the fruit, eating the seeds is a great way to get the health benefits of a pomegranate.
Step2
Take pomegranate seed oil. Early research indicates that the seed oil itself may help prevent against various cancers and may help with hormone control as it is the only fruit that contains estrogen. You can find the seed oil in capsule forms at many health food stores.
Step3
Drink the juice. Pomegranate juice contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is one of the only fruits where drinking the juice will get you more antioxidants than eating the fruit itself. This is because there are antioxidants in the peel and we don't eat the peel. When we squeeze the fruit to get the juice out, the antioxidants in the peel are released. While you can try to squeeze the juice yourself, this will take a great deal of effort from you. You can buy pomegranate juice in health food stores and in the health food sections of most grocery stores.

HEALTH BENEFITS:
Pomegranates are becoming increasingly popular from a health perspective as they are rich in antioxidants. In addition, pomegranates are full of potassium, niacin, Vitamin C and fiber. We are only just learning about the pomegranates' health benefits, but they may prevent some cancers and the hardening of arteries associated with heart disease, be a natural Viagra and may prevent Osteoarthritis.


(Source - ehow.com)

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2 comments:

  1. I take the seeds off in a bowl of water and strain it, so I don't get any pinkish stain on my fingers.

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