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Pomegranate: Antioxidant Action

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The pomegranate's luscious little seeds are packed with antioxidants -- a healthy addition to your diet. Here, learn to buy, prepare, and enjoy this healthy fruit.

Super-Healthy Seeds

A symbol of fertility and rebirth, the pomegranate was once believed to hold mystical healing powers. While that claim has yet to pass scientific muster, the ruby-red fruit filled with luscious, edible seeds is a great source of heart-protective nutrients. With nearly as much potassium as a banana, it could also help ward off hypertension. Plus, recent research from the University of Naples in Italy shows that the polyphenol antioxidants in pomegranate juice may protect against hardening of the arteries. To eat, halve the fruit with a knife to release the seeds; enjoy them as is, sprinkled on anything from savory meat dishes to yogurt, or in this refreshing compote.

Pomegranate Stats

Serving Size: 1 pomegranate
Calories: 105
Protein: 1 g
Carbohydrates: 26 g
Fiber: 1 g
Potassium: 399 mg
Vitamin C: 9 mg

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