Scientific facts about pomegranates
Pomegranate juice may protect against cardiovascular disease
I was elated when I saw that pomegranates were on sale! Not only are they delicious, but they have many health benefits.
The name “pomegranate” is derived from the Latin words pomum meaning “apple” and granatum meaning “seeded”. A pomegranate fruit sort of resemble an apple from the outside. The inside is full of tiny little juicy seeds called arils.
If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, then you know that type 2 diabetics have an increased chance of cardiovascular disease . The juice from pomegranates may help to protect against cardiovascular disease by improving blood lipid levels and reducing blood pressure [2, 3]. It may even delay complications of type 2 diabetes that result from oxidative stress . This is because pomegranates contain powerful antioxidants called punicalagins and have three times the antioxidant power of green tea or red wine [4,5] Pomegranate juice may even protect against prostate cancer . These delightful fruits are also an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C.
Unfortunately, pomegranates are hard to peel! I have heard people say to remove the seeds in water so that they fall to the bottom and the membrane of the pomegranate floats to the top. I found an even better trick! Here is a video on how to de-seed a pomegranate in only 10 seconds! All you need is a knife and a wooden spoon! I cannot wait to try this!
Fun recipe: Pomegranate spritzer!
If you are looking for a refreshing, antioxidant-rich beverage, I have just the pomegranate spritzer recipe for you!
- 1 can of cold La Croix sparkling water (I tried it with the lime flavor)
- 1 tbsp pomegranate juice (You can press your own, but I used Pom Wonderful for the spritzer shown in the image)
- Small handful of fresh pomegrante seeds
- Sqeeze a slice or two of fresh lime
Simply combine all ingredients together. Garnish with a slice of lime. Sip and enjoy!
Here are a few other great pomegranate recipes:
- Martha Stewart’s Chicken Salad with Pomegranate, Apple, and Beets
- Shaina’s Bacon and Blue Brussel Sprouts
- Eating Well’s Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze
Share your favorite pomegranate recipe in the comments!