Native to the Himalayas and referred to in Persian scriptures, the pomegranate is a member of the Punicaceae family.

 

The pomegranate is glossy, gold-to-red coloured fruit. The flavour and juiciness improves after several months of dark storage.

 

The interior of the fruit is filled with approximately 400-600 distinctive ruby-red arils or seed sacs which are split by thin, bitter, white membranes. As well as being attractive, the arils provide a sweet taste and often used as a garnish.

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Low in saturated fat which helps to prevent coronary heart disease and limits bad cholesterol. (1)

 

  • High in vitamin C antioxidants (10 times higher in the peel than the pulp) which promotes autoimmunity and helps to clear mucous. (2)

 

  • High in vitamin E antioxidants and iron which helps to promote healthy skin and transport oxygenated blood around the body respectively. (3)

 

  • High in vitamin K which supports the formation of healthy bones, teeth and skin. (4)

 

  • High in tannins decrease the risk of heart disease due to aggressive free radical-scavenging activities in the body. (5)

 

  • Moderate levels of fibre which help to ease digestion and stimulate bowel movement. (6)

 

Pomegranate Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0 g 1%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 3 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 19 g 6%
Dietary Fibre 4 g 16%
Sugar 14 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 5% Iron 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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