Does Eating Pomegranates Boost Weight Loss?


Chiles en Nogada with Pomegranate Arils

Recently, after discovering you’ve gained 15 pounds this year, you pledged to start eating healthier foods and working out regularly. Thus far, you must admit you’ve enjoyed eating colorful, nutritious foods such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Because you believe variety is the spice of life, you’re constantly searching for new, exotic foods to incorporate into your weight loss plan. If you can relate to this scenario, consider stocking up on pomegranates during your next grocery store run.

If you’ve never eaten a pomegranate before, knowing a little insider information about this fruit is crucial. For instance, you only eat the seeds, commonly referred to as arils, inside of the shell of a pomegranate. Because the outside skin and the inside, white portion of a pomegranate are bitter, people typically discard them. Pomegranates are packed with filling fiber. Therefore, by snacking on pomegranate arils when a case of the mid-morning munchies strikes, you might prevent yourself from visiting the vending machine at the office or overindulging at lunchtime. 

Be Creative with Pomegranate Arils

Besides snacking on pomegranate arils, you can incorporate them into other tasty, nutritious foods such as:

  • Plain, Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Roasted carrots
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Grilled chicken 

The arils of a pomegranate can also be transformed into a refreshing, colorful juice. Swapping your favorite, sugary beverages such as sodas, flavored teas, and milkshakes with pomegranate juice might help you considerably decrease your caloric intake each day. When shopping for this beverage, only consider varieties labeled as 100 percent fruit juice. Research suggests pomegranate juice may interact with numerous medications in the same manner that grapefruit juice does.

If you’re currently taking medications, consult with your physician about any possible side effects pomegranate juice may cause before drinking it. To learn more about how to integrate pomegranates and other real, healthy foods into your weight loss plan, consider making an appointment with a consultant at a local, Metabolic Research Center.

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