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Pomegranate - is it an essential vitamin fruit?

Answered on October 13, 2014
Created December 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

My partner and I had supper last night with friends. Desert was a pomegranate and prosecco jelly - large, and the arils of a whole pomegranate in each. Delicious.

This morning I checked on google the nutritional profile of Pomegranate and I was amazed. Masses of potassium (so hard to get in my FitDay analysis), magnesium, loads of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folate, among other things.

As it is not a sweet fruit, I feel like including one almost every day - would this be a good idea? Anyone here "supplement" their diet with pomegranate? I feel like adding Pome, mango and kiwi regularly; will the health benefits compensate for any increase in sugars??

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 24, 2011
at 05:33 PM

Then I have magic floating arils to munch on :)

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:27 AM

gydle's right-- the white stuff floats, the seeds sink, pour of the water, no stains. yerm.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 22, 2011
at 06:30 PM

@Gydle - weird, my seeds float. One reason why they don't last very long as I just scoop off the surface and into my mouth. Some of the other bits as well but mostly seeds.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 22, 2011
at 06:29 PM

Hey LB! I edited and added a few ways that I use the seeds :)

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on December 22, 2011
at 05:28 PM

actually, the seeds sink, it's the non-seed stuff that floats. I seed them in a big bowl of water to avoid those stain-producing red squirts as you pry the fruit apart.

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on December 22, 2011
at 02:49 PM

hey jsj. what are your fave recipes to use poms with? i've been eyeing these in the store myself.

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on December 22, 2011
at 12:44 PM

No, pomegranate is not an essential fruit. But you should definitely enjoy it while it is in season!

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on December 22, 2011
at 09:30 AM

Whole foods are always fine, andrew. But I wouldn't call 7% of the RDA "masses of potassium".

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 22, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I eat seasonally and with pom's in abundance right now I eat about 1-2 a week.. so about two cups of seeds in addition to other seasonals. I cook with them and also eat raw. Nutritionally they're a great package as well as being tasty as hell - they're one of my favourites so I jam on them while I can.

If you love the poms, and you don't feel that they will be preventing you from achieving any of your goals, then enjoy.

Note: Best trick is to clean your sink really well, fill with water, cut the pom in half then drop into the water and start to break it apart. All the seeds will float to the top and you can scoop them right up.

EDIT - Ways I use le pom:

Salad: Roast chicken, spinach, mac nuts. Root veg salad: shave beet, fennel, celery root, toss in the seeds and dress with a little neutral oil, usually avocado, and lemon juice. Sorbet. Make guac and add the pom seeds with some mango. Seriously, it's good. Onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro.

I mostly use them in salads, or when I used to eat grains would fold them in at the end. Cardamom, toasted slivered almonds, pom seeds - really nice. Actually.. that would be good good with cauliflower... with some mint. Hmm!

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on December 22, 2011
at 02:49 PM

hey jsj. what are your fave recipes to use poms with? i've been eyeing these in the store myself.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 22, 2011
at 05:28 PM

actually, the seeds sink, it's the non-seed stuff that floats. I seed them in a big bowl of water to avoid those stain-producing red squirts as you pry the fruit apart.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 22, 2011
at 06:29 PM

Hey LB! I edited and added a few ways that I use the seeds :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 24, 2011
at 05:33 PM

Then I have magic floating arils to munch on :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 22, 2011
at 06:30 PM

@Gydle - weird, my seeds float. One reason why they don't last very long as I just scoop off the surface and into my mouth. Some of the other bits as well but mostly seeds.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on December 23, 2011
at 02:27 AM

gydle's right-- the white stuff floats, the seeds sink, pour of the water, no stains. yerm.

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on October 13, 2014
at 08:47 AM

Yeah.. one of the best fruit for ever. Here is the nutritioin of pomegranate juice 100 grms- 

  • Total Fat 0.3g
  • Saturated fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 9 mg
  • Potassium 214mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
  • Sugar 13g
  • Protein 0.2g

 

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on February 23, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I am a pomegranate junkie. I used to binge on them like there was no tomorrow. This craving is over. But I want to tell you - it has something that my body definitely needs. In my culture it is suppose to be given to people who lose lots of blood - not sure why, but this is what most people believe about the medicinal properties of it.

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on December 22, 2011
at 06:58 PM

No fruit is essential, but this is one of the good guys, so have at it. Much better than apples or bananas.

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