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The Health Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds

Updated on April 20, 2015

Why should you start eating pomegranate seeds?

I have one kryptonite, and it is pomegranates.

There is just something about the beautiful, red seeds and the sweet taste and the crunch of the kernels that makes me addicted to pomegranates. Whenever there is a sale at the grocery store, I hoard them to the point where people probably think I have a serious problem. I probably do, but that is fine, because lucky for me, pomegranates have several health benefits that make it a wonderful addition to your diet.

Pomegranate seeds are a low calorie snack that are high in vitamins and fiber. So if you are counting calories, grab a few handfuls of seeds to make the most out of a small calorie count. One serving (about 3/4 of a cup) contains only 84 calories and 4g of dietary fiber. High fiber foods also fill you up better than foods without fiber. This makes pomegranate seeds an excellent choice for a quick snack or dessert that is high in nutrition but will not make you add on the pounds. While I am talking about fiber, I should note that it is not best to drink pomegranate juice to replace eating pomegranate seeds. Without fiber, the body processes the juice as regular sugar and your blood sugar spikes as a result. With the fiber, your blood sugar does not spike. So eat the real fruit, fiber and all, and not just the juice.

In addition to fiber, pomegranate seeds are also a good source of vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps support the immune system, wound healing and gum health. Vitamin K is a vitamin that many are lacking in their diet. It is important for keeping strong, healthy bones and teeth and is just as essential as vitamin D and calcium for bone and tooth health. Yet another benefit to adding pomegranate seeds to your diet is that they may prevent the growth of cancer cells. Pomegranate seeds contain a group of powerful phytochemicals called polyphenols. These phytochemicals are powerful antioxidants that improve healthy cell survival, induce cancer cell death and possibly prevent the growth of tumors.

How to add pomegranates to your diet.

So, how do you add pomegranate seeds to your diet? Well, these are so tasty that they are a great treat on their own! You can also add them to yogurt, or top them on your cereal, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, etc. To pick the best pomegranate, it is all about how much it weighs. The heavier the pomegranate, the more seeds it has. So bigger may not always be better when it comes to pomegranate size.


De-seeding the pomegranate

Without a doubt the most negative thing about pomegranates is that they take forever to prepare. However, pomegranate seeds last for awhile if stored in a refrigerator. So be sure to cut up more than one pomegranate when you have free time and store the seeds in the fridge in a covered container. To cut a pomegranate, first cut off the top. Then make three to four longitudinal slits on the sides. Then pull apart the pomegranate and start deseeding. You will be left with lovely, delicious seeds from the heavens! (At least in my humble, pomegranate obsessed, opinion).


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