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  • Writer's pictureSarah Skelton

The humble pomegranate

You see them in the supermarkets but do you know why they are more than just a pretty fruit?

When choosing a pomegranate, look for those with unblemished, shiny skins and which feel heavy, as these are often the juiciest. Just cut it in half to reveal the beautiful little sweet seeds known as arils.

“Use pomegranates to jazz up your food”

I love the touch of passion pomegranates bring to a meal so why not try sprinkling a small handful over a salad or Moroccan style dish will take it to a different level. Why not add them to your cereal to give you an extra vitamin C and calcium boost in the morning or just have them on their own as a mid-morning snack.

How pomegranates can help your health

Pomegranates are a good source of fibre as well as vitamins A, C, some B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron.The two main compounds found in pomegranates are punicalagins and punicic acid and these are responsible for nearly all of the health benefits of pomegranate. In fact pomegranates are said to have almost three times the amount of antioxidants per serving than that of a glass of red wine! Several studies have shown potential links to improvement of cognitive function and a reduction in blood pressure if consumed regularly, however like grapefruit the fruit can interact with certain medications such as statins and blood thinning drugs, so it’s always best to check with your GP first before consuming them in either their seed or juice form if you are taking prescribed medication. #food #healthychoices #pomegranates #healthyliving

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