How to peel a Pomegranate
Honestly I wish I knew this a few years ago, would have made my life so much easier. And I would have eaten a whole lot more pomegranate!
Take a bowl, fill it with cold water and peel your pomegranate while it is submerged in water. This stops the “looking like you have murdered someone" factor of the blood red hands, stops juice squirting everywhere and the pith floats while the fruit seed sinks to the bottom. Then all you have to do is fish the pith off the top and drain the water to get to the fruit seeds.
You have a bowl of pomegranate to use for breakfast lunch and tea. Cereals, yoghurt, salads, snacks and fresh juices…. Not to mention how amazingly good they are for you.
• The fruit is moderate in calories; 100 g provides 85 calories, slightly more than that in the apples. It contains no cholesterol or saturated fats.
• It is rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers, providing about 4 g per 100 g (about 12% of RDA), which aid in smooth digestive and bowel movements. The fruit is suggested in the diet for weight reduction and cholesterol controlling programs. Regular inclusion of fruits in the diet helps protect from colon cancers.
• Punicalagin is a polyphenolic anti-oxidant compound found abundantly in the pomegranate juice. Studies suggest that punicalagin and tannins are effective in reducing heart disease risk factors by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body.
• It is also good source of antioxidant vitamin-C, provides about 17% per 100 g of daily requirement. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents by boosting immunity.
• Regular consumption of pomegranate has also been found to be effective against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), diabetes, and lymphoma.
It is also good source of many vital B-complex group of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folates, pyridoxine and vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese.