Pomegranate

Background Info:

  • The seeds are called arils

Health Benefits:

  • Contains antioxidants that calm inflammation
  • Improve endothelial function
  • Contains ellagic acid
  • Shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties
  • May help lower LDL cholesterol levels

Taste:

  • Sweet

Season:

  • At their peak during the holidays

Choose:

  • Firm and heavy

Store:

  • On the counter for up to 1 month
  • In the refrigerator for up to 2 months

Prep:

  • Stand the fruit on its stem end and cut it vertically into 4 pieces
  • Place the pieces into a bowl of water
  • Working 1 section at a time, pry open the pith and coax out the seeds with your fingers
  • The white pith will float to the top with the seeds sink to the bottom, scoop and discard the pith
  • Use a colander to strain the seeds

Serve:

  • Add to any savory dish to give it a pop of sweetness such as salads, guacamole, couscous, etc
  • Use as a topping for yogurt or dessert
  • Snack on them plain

Research:

  • A study in Nutrition Journal showed that drinking 1/2 a cup of pomegranate juice 3 times per week for a year reduced blood pressure & triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol, and cut the risk of cardiac events in patients at high risk of heart disease
  • Participants who drank 1 glass every day for 2 weeks had lower blood pressure, anxiety, and depression

References:

  • “The Latest Liquid Lifesaver?” Prevention. July 2014. 26
  • “Happiness.” Prevention. August 2014. 99.
  • Bauer, Joy. “Cancer-fighting foods.” Woman’s Day. October 2014. 148.
  • Joo, Judy. “Fruit with less labor.” Shape. October 2014. 112.
  • “Bounty Hunger.” Shape. November 2014. 163.
  • “Pom Reader.” Rachel Ray Every DayDecember 2015. 30.
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