Pomegranate or Punica granatum, is a type of fruit that has a round shape and is full of juicy, red seeds. Pomegranate is a native fruit of South East Asia, usually grown in countries such as Armenia, Malaysia, Turkey, etc. However, it is popular globally due to its high nutritional value, because of which it is also sometimes known as the ‘super fruit’. The seeds of the pomegranate are either dark red or pale yellow in color and are stacked in the fruit, separated by a thin membrane that is white or yellow in color. The fleshy red part of the pomegranate is the part that is either eaten simply or used to extract juice. The seed portion of pomegranate is bitter in taste as compared to the fleshy part; however, it is known to have numerous medicinal properties. Now a very important question arises: "Can pomegranate seed be eaten?"
Yes, pomegranate seeds can be eaten. You can not only eat the pomegranate seeds but also the bark of the pomegranate. In a pomegranate fruit, the seeds are stacked over each other, the different layers being separated by paper-thin whitish or yellowish colored membranes. These membranes have a bitter taste. The inner membranes and the rind portion of a pomegranate have a high amount of tannic acid. Hence, they are not usually eaten, but they are beneficial for a skin wash.
Free radicals are chemicals that cause damage to the cells of the body, leading to various types of diseases and other complications. Pomegranate seed extract is rich in antioxidants-compounds that help in controlling the damaging free radicals. Antioxidants also help in the maintenance and repair of the damaged cells of the body. Pomegranate seeds are also packed with nutrients including minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium, vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A and folic acid. They are also a rich source of fiber.
Due to the rich nutrient content of pomegranate seeds, pomegranate is considered as a magic fruit which helps in maintaining the health of our heart. Eating pomegranate regularly helps in evading diseases of the heart and also diminishes the risk of occurrence of a stroke. Apart from preventing heart diseases, pomegranate seeds are also known to improve various other diseases such as skin allergies, arthritis, urinary tract infections, osteoporosis, sore throats, digestive disorders, worm infestation, impurities of blood and diabetes mellitus. It is also suggested by modern scientists that pomegranate seeds can help in alleviating cancers such as that of prostate and skin. Pomegranate seeds have also proven effective in removing the fat from the body, especially from the digestive system.
Therefore, as you can see, there are lots of health benefits of eating pomegranate seeds regularly.
After knowing the answer to can you eat pomegranate seeds, here's how to eat.
The steps to eat a pomegranate are explained below:
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There are multiple ways to eat a pomegranate.
An excellent way to get the benefits of pomegranates is by drinking their fresh juice. The three methods used to juice a pomegranate are described below: