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Pomegranate oil has been featured in several articles on the site. The oil is pressed from the seeds found in the red pulp of the fruit, with each fruit having as much as 1, 400 seeds. It is rich in essential fatty acids and is the only source of punicic acid, a very powerful antioxidant.
The previous articles deal with using pomegranate oil for hair but this article will discuss ingesting it as well. You can’t have too many ways of getting the nutrients from seeds into your body.
Pomegranate seeds look like tiny red rubies and inside these is a slighty tangy sweet tasting nectar. There are no side effects to eating the seeds and they taste delicious.
What are the Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds?
- They are rich in rich in vitamin C, containing over 45% of the recommended daily vitamin intake.
- It has a low calorie count of only 234 calories in a whole pomegranate.
- The high antioxidant content helps the body fight free radicals and inflammation.
- They can help fight several fungal infections common in women. Another seed that can help with this is cranberry seeds.
The recipe I’m sharing today is courtesy of Tip Hero. They combine two of my favourite things – chocolate and pomegranate in the video below for a great tasting desert. It requires only 4 ingredients and no cooking time. The recipe also shows you how to get the pomegranate seeds out, which can be a tad challenging.
The only thing I would do is substitute milk chocolate for dark chocolate so there are even more antioxidants included in the recipe.
Other Ways to Get Pomegranate Seeds in Your Diet
- Sprinkle generously over salads. I love them in my Asian inspired rice noodle salad.
- Sprinkle over hummus before refrigerating.
- If you like bulgur wheat or quinoa, you can add the seed before serving. Personally, I feel they taste better on cold dishes.
Do you include pomegranate seeds in your diet? If so, in what ways do you do so? Share in the comments section.