Pomegranates are now in season. And they are delicious. But more importantly, they are healthy!
The pomegranate is a superfood which should be consumed daily (unless your doctor tells you otherwise). It is a pinkish-red round fruit with hundreds of seeds in a juicy pulp. It is rich in antioxidants which protects against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections, and Alzheimer’s. Plus, the antioxidants in the pomegranate help protect the skin and the body from free radical damage (cell aging). The level of antioxidants in a pomegranate is much higher than that found in other fruits, even blueberries.
How To Eat A Pomegranate
Eating the seeds of the pomegranate is like taking anti-cancer medicine. Fresh and straight from the rind is a very beneficial way to eat pomegranate. However, it can be quite messy if you don’t know how to eat it. The best way to eat one is to first cut off the crown and then cut into the rind. Separate the seeds in a bowl of warm water so as not to splatter the red juice everywhere (although I hate to wash away the extra juice). Strain and eat!
You can opt to buy already prepared juice instead. Another great way to consume it. Unfortunately, though, just because a product says “100% Pomegranate Juice” on the front label does not mean you are getting a good dose of the juice. Some companies are experts at deceptive advertising so as to convince us to buy what we believe to be a quality product and to save themselves money. So read the label before buying the juice.
What To Look For On Juice Labels
Common wording to look for include:
Brands I trust and recommend:
Another little good-to-know tidbit about pomegranate juice … most of the phytonutrients are found in the rind. Pomegranate juice squeezed by machine is healthier than juice squeezed only from the seeds. The taste will be more bitter, but the bitterness means more phytonutrients.