Pomegranates offer many health benefits

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Pomegranates offer many health benefits

There are many ways to use pomegranates in daily cooking.

There are many ways to use pomegranates in daily cooking.

MICHAEL LINDER | The Daily Evergreen

There are many ways to use pomegranates in daily cooking.

MICHAEL LINDER | The Daily Evergreen

MICHAEL LINDER | The Daily Evergreen

There are many ways to use pomegranates in daily cooking.

Sydney Brown, Evergreen life editor

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Health

Pomegranates are known for their abundance of vitamins, some of which prevent cell damage and can reduce inflammation.

According to Medical News Today, pomegranates contain more than 40 percent of the required daily amount of vitamin C. Pomegranate juice is the best way to receive vitamin C from the fruit. A recent study in Medical News Today showed pomegranates may assist the body in halting growth of prostate cancer cells, as well as prevent or reduce the risk of cancer developing in general.

One of the most popular benefits of pomegranates is the improvement of blood flow to major arteries and overall protection of heart disease. Pomegranates help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. According to Medical News Today, recent evidence also shows pomegranates may prevent some dental diseases and can improve overall gum health.

Pomegranates are best when plump, round and free of any soft spots or large rifts on the outer shell. Because they do not ripen after they are picked, storing pomegranates is relatively simple. They can remain on countertops, if wrapped, or be placed in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Pomegranate seeds spoil quicker, and only remain fresh for a week in an airtight, refrigerated container.

 

Uses

Pomegranate seeds are the only edible part of the fruit, and there are several ways to utilize them in daily cooking. Pomegranate seeds are versatile, with many simple uses. They can be eaten directly from the inside of the pomegranate, for instance. Adding pomegranate seeds to sparkling cider, iced tea, lemonade or nearly any beverage can help add flavor. Pomegranate seeds can also be served as toppers for avocado toast or bruschetta cheese, or alongside black olives. One could also make a pomegranate dip by blending seeds, roasted red peppers, walnuts and olive oil in a bowl and using it for crackers or pita. Pomegranate seeds can add flavor to salads, usually with any collection of greens and some other fruit.