Delicious, Exotic, and a Potential Cure for Obesity


Pomegranate Tree with Ripe Fruit

Pomegranates are a fall fruit that is packed full of beneficial goodness. Not only is the pomegranate good for you, they are fun to eat too. Unlike other fruits, you only eat the seeds as the rind and the pith are waxy and tart. The seeds look like little rubies and offer a sweet option for spicing up all kinds of foods, such as salads. Let's explore the health benefits of pomegranates.

Sweet, Fun and Full of Fiber

The healthy focus of pomegranate is that they help to offset the occurrence of some major health issues, such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and may even help with inflammatory disease prevention or control. [1]

In addition to being part of the solution for some disease, pomegranate offers a high potential as an antioxidant. In fact, in a journal article in Advanced BioMedecial Research, one of the benefits of pomegranate is that it potentially undoes oxidative stress - cell wear and tear. It is also thought to be an anti-carcinogen because of its ability to reduce oxidative stress and stop free radicals.

Nutritional Value of Pomegranate

A pomegranate is a sink for dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber. A 100-gram serving offers 4 grams of fiber which not only help to keep your digestive track regular, fiber helps to absorb fats both in the digestive track and in the blood stream. That little trick is a weight loss benefit. 100 grams of pomegranate seeds equals 11 percent of your daily fiber intake.

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C (10.2 mg,) Vitamin E (0.60 mg,) and Vitamin K (16.4 mg) per 100 grams of fruit. In addition, pomegranate is an excellent source of calcium, copper, iron, and magnesium. [2]

Weight Loss and Fiber

Diets that are high in fiber have many health benefits. One of those benefits is weight loss. Fiber works with your digestive track to increase the disposal of fats because fiber is a sponge of sorts and absorbs fats before they make it to your bloodstream. Soluble fiber is digested, then enters the bloodstream where it continues to absorb fat before it becomes fuel for cells or is stored as fat.

If you are someone who struggles with weight loss, consider adding pomegranate to your diet. In fact, consider making a lifestyle change that includes delicious and healthy foods that work with your body to help you drop fat and gain health.

At the Metabolic Research Center, you can find a ton of healthy recipes such as this Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing, which is easily upgraded by adding a handful of pomegranate seeds. Another wonderful opportunity to add pomegranate to your diet is the healthy and delicious Cobb Salad — just toss in more pomegranate seeds. In fact, you can add pomegranate seeds to numerous recipes. Visit the Metabolic Research Center and peruse their entire recipe library. While you are there, look around. They offer healthy benefits and weight loss opportunities in a no pressure environment.

 

Resources

[1] Pomegranate Health Benefits — National Institute of Health

[2] Pomegranate Nutritional Facts — Nutrition and You

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