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Pomegranate Nutrition Facts: Juicy Balls of Nutrition in Your Mouth!

By Edited Jun 5, 2014 0 0

Pomegranate nutrition facts. These funny little fruits have become famous for their high antioxidant count, and because of fruit juices like Pom. They also stand out because of their unusual structure and tart flavor. You don't eat the hard shell around the outside; rather, you have to get their little seeds out and eat those. This can be a tricky maneuver (although there are shortcuts I'll share with you in this article), but it's definitely worth the nutritional benefits you'll get when you devour these tasty little morsels.

One easy way to separate the seeds from the fruit is to cut the fruit in half, and then place the halves face-down in a bowl of warm water. Leave them there for a while, maybe fifteen minutes or so. When you come back, the seeds should fall out easily. The seeds are tart and sweet at the same, which if you ask me, leads to their being one of tastiest fruits out there. They also supply a satisfying little crunch, which adds some great texture to their taste.

Let's dig into some more specific pomegranate nutrition facts. One pomegranate, depending on the size, will net you about 150-250 calories. They're low in fat (maybe 3 grams per fruit), low in protein, and high in carbohydrates. The downside is that they have a lot of sugar (coming in the form of fructose, like other vegetables): one fruit may have 30-40 grams of sugar, which is a lot. But they're also high in fiber, which has been linked to lowered LDL cholesterol levels. The take-home message here is that you probably don't want to overdo it when it comes to pomegranate seeds, because too much sugar will add pounds to your weight and inches to your gut. But in moderation they're a great food, and here's why.

In addition to the fiber mentioned above, pomegranates are high in folate, potassium, copper, and vitamins B, C, and K. But their most famous health benefit is their antioxidants. Antioxidants will help rid your body of harmful free radicals, which can contribute to all kinds of different diseases and disorders, including plain old aging! So eating pomegranates on a regular basis might just help keep you young.

What about pomegranate juice, like Pom? Pomegranate is one of the most desired fruit juice flavors out there, because it's both nutritious and delicious. Pomegranate juice is also especially convenient given how much of a pain it can be to get the seeds out of an actual pomegranate. If you prefer to get your pomegranate in juice form, just make sure not to overdo it; also, I would recommend buying Pom. This is because many other so-called "pomegranate" juices actually are composed mainly of apple juice (because it's cheaper to make), with a little pomegranate thrown in afterward. Check the ingredients list to find out.

Thanks for reading these pomegranate nutrition facts. Want to try more healthy foods? Check out green beans, papaya, eggplant, or pineapple! Yum!

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