Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds

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When you eat pomegranate seeds, some people try to spit each one out, but that isn’t necessary, as they have a number of important health benefits!

What Are Pomegranate Seeds?

Pomegranate seeds are the small white seeds contained within the juicy arils of the pomegranate fruit. These red, nectar-filled arils provide many nutrients such as vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, and even protein. Beyond that, pomegranate seeds also contain powerful antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, tannins, and ellagic acid.

Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

Although some people choose to spit out each individual seed, they are completely edible and will make the fruit far more nutritious in the long run.

For those who insist on removing the seeds, it is possible.

  • Simply scoop out the arils into a bowl and whisk or beat them with a wooden spoon.
  • This will free the seeds from the arils, along with the juice; essentially, this is a low-budget way of making pomegranate juice!

However, as is strongly suggested due to the many health benefits, simply eat the seeds right along with the juicy arils.

Now, if you don’t want to eat an entire pomegranate in one sitting, simply spread the arils out onto a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for a few hours. After that, you can store them in a plastic bag in the freezer until you are ready for another nutritious snack. If you are looking for better ways to use pomegranate seeds, try sprinkling them into your morning yogurt or oatmeal, or using them as a tart topper for salads.

Adding pomegranate seeds to your diet can help improve digestion and metabolism, boost the immune system, and keep your bones strong. The impressive antioxidants will further protect you against cancer and other chronic diseases while improving your skin appearance.

Early research suggests that the concentration of antioxidants in these seeds is incredibly high – even better than green tea!

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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