Tuesday, 3 July 2012


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.
And voila!

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.

Nutritional facts:
                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.

Reference: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pomegranate.html


  1. It is also very high in sugar... which pretty much equals poison. Counting calories is completely irrelevant according to me, it's all about what kind of calories you're eating... Just my opinion. :)

    1. Hi Hanna. Yes, it may be a little high in sugar, but it's all natural plus loaded with great stuff like vitamins, minerals and fibre which we all need. I'm not sure how your point of, "it's all about what kind of calories you're eating" has any relevance. It is obvious the kind of calories you're eating in pomegranates are very good for you! Just because it has natural sugar doesn't mean it's poisonous. Maybe have a look at this link :)

  2. If you class fructose sugar as poison then you pretty much can't eat anything. The health benefits out weigh the calorie factor.
    And at the end of the day in a balanced diet there should be no reason why you can't eat them.
    Yes if you want to loose weight the only way to do that is by decreasing you calorie intake, its science its the only way it logically works to loose weight.
    If your wanting to gain muscle tone and your on a high protein diet, yes you don't want to consume to much sugar, fructose or not.
    But its the form of sugar, and first and for most its the main energy source our body utilises first, so to say that sugar= poison is a little unusual considering carbohydrates are broken down to glucose anyway. So pretty much, living by that philosophy you couldn't eat anything. you need to get your energy and vitamins from somewhere, and this is a great source.! :)