08 Mar Why you should eat pomegranate
Food is far more than fuel. It’s information for your body, a means to connect with others and a profound way of nourishing yourself—both inside and out.
The say knowledge is power but, when it comes to food, you could also say knowledge is also self-care. When we know how specific foods influence us, we’re empowered to make positive, healthy choices.
Read on to discover the benefits of eating pomegranate, including my favourite ways to enjoy it.
In the 1980s, a water-logged bit of pomegranate was identified in a 14th-century shipwreck discovered off the coast of turkey. It was found alongside remains of gold, ivory and perfume—suggesting that this jewel-like fruit was once considered a luxury item.
Pomegranates originated in northern India and Iran, but their popularity means they’re now grown in most continents in the world. They’re available year-round.
3 reasons to eat pomegranate
1. It may help to reduce blood pressure. Several studies have shown that pomegranate juice can help to reduce both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. It can also reduce your risk of developing the arterial plaques that lead to heart disease .
2. It may help to reduce inflammation. Chronic, low-level inflammation is an underlying factor in many disease states. Studies have shown that pomegranate may be particularly helpful in cases of rheumatoid arthritis .
3. It can support gut health. The fruit and bark of pomegranate have been found to help fight parasites. Animal studies have also shown that pomegranate can modulate the gut microbiota and influence immune function, though further investigation is needed to find out if it has the same effect in humans .
How to select the best pomegranates
Look for pomegranates with a shiny skin that’s free of blemishes. Pick them up and see how they feel—the juiciest ones are firm and seem weighty for their size.
The edible part of pomegranates are the seeds, otherwise known as ‘arils’. Slice the pomegranate in half, and use a rolling pin or wooden spoon to smack the back of each half. The arils will come out easily if the pomegranate is ripe.
Word of warning: don’t wear white clothes while handling pomegranates! Their vibrant juice can stain.
Favourite pomegranate recipes
Pomegranate seeds are simultaneously sharp and sweet, which means they can both cut through sugariness and enhance savoury notes. Here are the recipes I find myself going back to:
Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous
This makes for a quick and easy midweek supper. For a gluten-free dish, simply replace the couscous with rice. Find the recipe here.
Pomegranate, orange and avocado salad
Fresh, tangy and creamy all at the same time, this is a show-stopping side dish. Serve with baked salmon or cod for a delicious and filling lunch. Find the recipe here.
Chia seed and pomegranate breakfast
I love the convenience of overnight oats. With fibre, protein and healthy fats—plus the refreshing pomegranate seeds—this is a satisfying breakfast choice. I often make mine in a jam jar for easy portability. Find the recipe here.
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