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Pomegranate Diet

This super fruit is becoming popular for its substantial health benefits.

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Pomegranates are one of nature's most nutritious fruits. Loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber, this beautiful ruby-red fruit has become the darling of health and nutrition experts. Their one drawback is the painstaking and messy process in peeling them. But where they lack in convenience, they heartily make up for it in their exemplary nutrition profile.

The pomegranate hails from Iran, India, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean. In the United States, pomegranates are only grown in California and Arizona where the climate is very dry.

Recently, pomegranates have taken the nutrition and diet supplement worlds by surprise, in light of research which extols the fruit's potential for preventing certain diseases and conditions that are prone to oxidative stress: Pomegranates contain almost every known antioxidant. They also contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 and potassium. Most of the 100 calories that a single pomegranate contains will be burned as you peel it.

From pure pomegranate juice to capsules that contain pomegranate extract, pomegranate products are promising to deliver to you the healthful benefits of this delicious fruit. A UCLA study ranked pomegranate juice as the healthiest type of all fruit juices. Although there is plenty to rave about pomegranate's ability to protect against certain cancers and heart disease, there is no evidence to suggest that they aid in weight loss.

PRO
  • Pomegranates are very healthy
  • May help to prevent against certain diseases and conditions
  • Best eaten in their pure form
  • Can be consumed raw, juiced or added in recipes
CON
  • Pomegranates are seasonal
  • No connection between pomegranates and weight loss
  • Extract form may not be as beneficial as pure form
  • Messy to peel and eat
DIET and NUTRITION

Pomegranates can be eaten raw, in a juice form or added to recipes. For thousands of years, pomegranates have been eaten by Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern and Pakistani cultures. You can purchase pomegranates and pomegranate juice at your local grocery or health food store. During the holiday season, pomegranates are widely available and are often added to holiday stuffing, rice dishes or used for adornment in food for their brilliant color.

The diet pills and supplements boasting pomegranate extracts have become increasingly popular. They are often combined with other ingredients and make weight loss claims. These claims are likely attributed more so to the additional ingredients than they are to the pomegranate, as know studies support pomegranate as a weight loss aid.

CONCLUSION

Pomegranates are one of nature's most nutrient-dense foods. They can be enjoyed in a number of ways, but research has not yet proven whether the supplement form of pomegranates are as effective as consuming the pure fruit in its raw or juiced form.

Common Misspellings

Pomegranites, Pomagranates, Pomigranates, Pomugranates, Pomegranates, Pomegrannate, POM


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Stacym78

I love pomegranate seeds they are my fav. But they are so much work! It would be great to get teh benefits of pomegranates without all that work :-)

posted Oct 23rd, 2008 7:32 am



   
 

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