Punica Granatum or Pomegranate as we call it is one of the most exotic and fun fruits you can come across in the western markets. The fruit can be found somewhere across the year, being in season in fall and winter in the northern hemisphere and in the spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The fruit is used in a whole variety of ways, from eating raw, to cocktail and dish garnish, juice and smoothie base as well as cooking ingredient. We hope this article will help you understand how to open pomegranate quickly as well as explain some key nutritional benefits of eating pomegranates.
Despite the way it may look and seem, pomegranate does not come from some super exotic lands. Its origins are from Iran but the plant has been grown in the Mediterranean countries for centuries and it was the Spanish who brought it to America. Nowadays, the plant is also grown in the United States and the Mediterranean countries still keep it as one of their traditional fruits. Let us have a look at its nutritional facts, the potential benefits and maybe best of all a cool way to open a pomegranate. From a nutritional standpoint, pomegranate is possibly one of the richest fruits out there and should absolutely be a part of any healthy diet. To start with, 100 grams of pomegranate holds just 80 kcal, which is not a big amount, meaning the fruit can be eaten in reasonably high amounts.
Pomegranate Nutrition Facts
When it comes to basic composition, 100 grams of this fruit contains about 18 to 20 grams of carbohydrates, and about 1 to 2 grams of each fat and protein, not significant amounts, although a gram and a half of protein is not to be neglected.
Where pomegranate actually excels is its dosages of vitamins and minerals. The fruit is rich in Vitamins C and K and Chlorine as well as Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium and other vitamins and minerals. Finally, pomegranate also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber in it and one portion of 100 grams will give you 20% of your recommended daily intake, assuming you are eating the seeds.
Pomegranate Benefits For Skin
Now, let us look at some of the alleged and proven benefits of pomegranate. We have all heard of the various benefits pomegranate is supposed to bring and many say that consuming it will help your skin health. So let us see how.
For starters, pomegranate is rich in antioxidants, this is a fact. These compounds will nourish your skin and prevent the potential damage done to it by the free radicals. Some of the ingredients in pomegranate have also been said to greatly help with cell regeneration thus reversing the aging processes of your skin. What is more, the juice of pomegranate also moisturizes skin and the presence of high dosages of vitamin C in it will help the formation of collagen crucial to keeping a healthy skin.
All things considered, pomegranate can only be good for your skin and you should certainly keep it in your diet if you are having skin issues.
Pomegranate Benefits For Pregnancy
The antioxidants present in pomegranate will also help the pregnant ladies, this is a fact. For starters, the phytochemical compounds in pomegranate will help your heart health and lower your blood pressure which can be a real problem during pregnancy. The vitamin C will improve your immune system while the antioxidants will help with overall health and well-being, which means they are a well-rounded fruit and a food any pregnant lady should add to their diet as soon as possible.
Pomegranate Benefits For Hair
Just like they are likely to be very good for your skin, pomegranates are also good for your hair. Pomegranate juice has been linked to prevention of hair loss and making your hair healthier and fuller for a long time. Consuming the fruit allegedly helps make hair follicles stronger while also treating frizzy hair in individuals who have such problems.
Pomegranate Benefits For Men
Last but not the least, consuming pomegranate has been linked to improved male health. Studies have actually shown that consuming pomegranate juice can greatly help prevent erectile dysfunction, fight prostate issues, help with heart and blood pressure issues as well as helping our brain.
Now if we focus on the male part of it, various studies on men and animals have shown that consuming pomegranate juice improves sexual drive, prevents erectile dysfunction and causes a “Viagra effect” in men. The fruit seemed to raise the testosterone levels of the men taking it while also improving their general mood and well-being.
But How Do I Eat It???
After people ask us the best way to open pomegranate quickly they usually follow that up by how do they actually eat it. So how do I open a pomegranate? For all its health benefits and advantages, mother nature certainly didn’t make pomegranate easy to eat. For instance, to eat a banana or an apple you simply peel it off or just eat it whole, but pomegranates hide in their shells and the juice is divided in the little seeds which you eat. Now the main problem with pomegranate is getting to the seeds and separating them from the pulp.
But I have found an easy and fun way of doing this. The first thing you want to do is fill a bowl with water, then get your pomegranate and a knife. Now cut the pomegranate along the six ridges each one of them has, not too deep, just enough to get them to open. Now, use your hands to split the fruit into its six sections. Open the sections under the water, and use your fingers to get the seeds out. The difference in density will make all the seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl and the pulp will stay on top. This way you can simply remove the pulp and you are left with delicious seeds you can eat with a spoon, or if you prefer the messy way like I do, with your fingers.
I hope you will enjoy your pomegranates and use this super simple way of getting the seeds out the next time you get one. It will stop you from making the mess I have been making for years before discovering this method, getting the juice all over my clothes, skin and my kitchen.
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