We are often searching for ways to get the benefits of vitamins, minerals and other necessary nutrients from our food – not from a pill. One case in point is the lovely pomegranate.
If you have been coming to BodyQuirks during the last few weeks you have probably left with a small cup of pomegranate seeds as a treat. Apart from making you feel like you are eating rubies, they are an amazing fruit with tons of health benefits.
Pomegranates are a fruit about the size of a grapefruit that have a hard, reddish/pink exterior. Only the juice and seeds are edible but its unique flavor, coupled with its health benefits, make it far worthwhile to incorporate into your diet. They are usually available in grocery stores here in the U.S. from September through January but the juice is available year-round.
Popular during the winter holidays, the pomegranate originated from the region between Egypt and the Himalayas in Northern India. It was introduced to Californiain 1769 by the Spanish, where, together with Arizona, it is currently grown in the U.S. With records of it dating back to 100 BC it is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits and a symbol of rebirth for ancient Egyptians who were buried with them. The English word pomegranate is derived from the Latin pomum and granatum which translates to “apple of many seeds.”
Okay, so what makes them so good for us?
Health benefits of pomegranates
Most notably, the pomegranate has come to be referred to as the “miracle fruit” because of its high levels of cancer-preventing flavenoids. It has specifically been noted for helping fight prostate, breast and colon cancers. But the benefits don’t stop there. It’s also great for the following:
- Considered the most powerful antioxidant of all fruits.
- Compounds such as punicalagin are found in pomegranate juice in abundance. Punicalagin has been shown to reduce cholesterol as well as blood pressure and even increases the rate at which blockages in blood vessels melt away, making pomegranates an excellent food for reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease.
- Shown to be effective for fighting against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), diabetes, and lymphoma when consumed regularly and promotes the reversal of atherosclerotic plaque.
- High in vitamin C, B5, folates, pyridoxine and vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese.
- A good source of dietary fiber that helps with digestion and bowel movements.
- Contains no cholesterol or saturated fats.
- Its recommend for weight loss by nutritionists.
- Boosts immunity.
- Improves circulation.
- May help relieve symptoms of depression.
How to peel a pomegranate
Now that we’ve established how good pomegranates are for your health, there’s nothing stopping you from eating them – aside from peeling them, that is. A surprising number of people are intimidated by the pomegranate’s thick, red exterior and unsure of how to get the seeds out effectively and without making a mess. Because of this, they never give them a try. So what is the best way to deseed a pomegranate?
We like to peel them underwater because it’s less messy and the seeds separate nicely from the pith. Because we work with our hands, we wear latex gloves to keep our fingers from turning a bit brown, especially since we usually peel from four to ten at a time.
Here’s an instructional video to show you how to do it with ease:
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