Pomegranate is a healthy fruit; it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. In America pomegranate is also known as jewel of winter. The seeds casings are the edible part of the fruit. The seeds casings are also called arils.
Some people consume fleshy covering and hard seeds as well, while some people do not like to eat the hard seeds and they discard it.
The juice from pomegranate is extracted from the seeds and the hard residue is discarded. Experts recommend eating hard seeds along with the fleshy covering of pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate seeds nutrition: around 200 gms of pomegranate arils will contain 150 calories, 25 gms sugar, 8 to 10 gms of dietary fiber, 35 gmas of carbohydrates, 2gm fat and 2 gms protein.
Vitamin C= 18 mg, 400 mg potassium, folate=60mcg, vitamin K= 30mcg, magnesium =20 mg, calcium =20mg.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds
- Low calorie and high dietary fiber in pomegranate seeds help to manage weight.
- Pomegranate seeds are rich in vitamin C; it enhances the immune system and fights the free radicals which are detrimental for our body.
- Vitamin C present in pomegranate seeds aid in fast healing of wounds. It promotes healthy gums.
- The iron absorption capacity increases with consumption of vitamin C, hence the seeds are valuable in treating anemia. Especially pregnant woman should incorporate pomegranate seeds in her diet.
- Vitamin K, present in pomegranate seeds aids in blood clotting. Patient suffering from bleeding pile should eat the seeds of pomegranate.
- The polyphenols such as tannins, quercetin, and anthocyanins prevent the damage to heart.
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