I've always known that Pomegranates are healthy. People claim their significance and their miracle properties. Frankly, however, they've always been difficult and messy to tear open to get to the seeds. So, I wouldn't normally eat them too much. Moreover, we've been pretty lucky in that my father-in-law would, every now and then, do the dirty work for us and bring us a jar filled to the top with pomegranate seeds. Yummy! We get so excited upon the delivery of the seeds and happily spread the seeds across our meals, salads, or just plain eat them by the spoon.
Why even eat pomegranates?
Pomegranates are VERY rich in nutrients and are quite popular around the world because of its nutrient-rich density. Pomegranates are considered a Superfood! If you've never seen or eaten a raw pomegranate, it is a fruit that is very leathery in texture on the outside and have pink “pockets” inside containing seeds that are soft, crunchy, juicy and very sweet. In fact, in just writing this article, my mouth has begun to water! 🙂
Pomegranates have more antioxidants than does Acai berries or green tea. Not only are they super high in vitamin C, but also in vitamin K which helps to support bone health and vitamin B5 which helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. Pomegranates are also filled with manganese which helps to form bone structures during the metabolic process and potassium which helps to maintain cellular functions and balance fluid levels.
Health and beauty benefits of eating pomegranates:
Pomegranates offer the following benefits, to name a few, for your beauty and health, for both men and women.
- Regenerate cells by aiding in the repair of tissues, and healing of wounds as well as improving the circulation to the skin
- Protects from the sun by protecting against free radical damage which causes sun damage, cancer and/or sunburn
- Limits aging by preventing aging spots, fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves cardiovascular health by acting as a blood thinner and removing arterial plaque
- Reduces inflammation as a result of its high levels of vitamin C which can aid in sore throats and coughing
- Helps to lose weight by providing increased energy and detoxifying the body
- For men, helps to decrease impotency and reduce the risk of prostrate cancer
- For women, the high levels of vitamins help in pregnancy and cancer-fighting benefits help to reduce breast cancer risk.
How to open a pomegranate
Pomegranates are healthy…We get that. But they are messy to eat. so how can we eat them more easily???
Fortunately, our kids have prepared a great instructional video to demonstrate the ease in how you can de-seed a pomegranate, without making a mess! If Ella and Lucas can do it, and show you how to do it, there's no reason you can't open and de-seed a pomegranate cleanly with ease so that you can incorporate the benefits of this most-amazing fruit!
Watch the short video below for Ella and Lucas' How to Video on de-seeding a pomegranate. Make sure to stay until the end…the bloopers are not to be missed!
Try this suggestion the next time you get a pomegranate. Hopefully, now armed with the benefits of this superfood and instructions on how to open it, you will more likely opt to buy this fruit on your next visit to the market.
Please come back and share how this method worked out for you. If you have a another method, please share that with us in the comments section.
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By Michael Ortiz
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