Colorful, delicious fruit packs a powerful antioxidant punch.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
As a kid, I was one of the few people in my family willing to work at eating a pomegranate. I'd patiently peel away each pomegranate kernel until I had a mouth's worth in my hand, then pop them into my mouth, carefully sucking away the juicy outside, then spitting out the hard seeds. No matter how careful I was, I ended up with pink hands and pomegranate juice stains on my shirt.
Now, all that fruity fun has been eliminated for you; you can buy pomegranate juice in bottles at your friendly neighborhood grocery store. It's rather pricey, in terms of both the green stuff and calories, so you might want to mix it with mineral or seltzer water to make it go further.
Why should you give pomegranate juice a second look?
Antioxidants in pomegranates include polyphenols, such as tannins and anthocyanins. In fact, pomegranates may have even more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or green tea, Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, a nutrition advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research, has written in the AICR's "Nutrition Wise" newsletter.
As for other possible health benefits, while more studies are needed, there are indications that:
Yes, more research needs to be done on pomegranate juice for us to know anything definitive about its benefits. But, so far, the future looks bright for this vibrant, fuchsia-colored fruit.
Pomegranate Juice Recipes
If you're ready to add pomegranate juice to your diet, try one of these colorful recipes.
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup regular yogurt sweetened OR 1 portion light dessert + 1/2 cup fruit juice
Depending on the color of your pomegranate juice, this pudding can turn out to be different shades of pink or dark purple.
3 tablespoons Minute tapioca
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