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Eating for Detox: Pomegranate

by Lisa Bolard

pomegranateThe nutritional benefits of pomegranates abound.  As the weather gets colder, we know that it is again the season to harvest these fabulous fruits.  The list of pomegranate benefits seems to get longer all the time, and there seems to be plenty of research being done even by the medical establishment which actively supports the value of eating this fruit.  Some of these claims have been extensively studied and others are beliefs of many people from different parts of the world over time.

Here is a partial list:

  • Contains vitamin C, folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and E
  • Combats hardening of the arteries which also translates to avoiding heart attack and stroke
  • Contains much more anti-oxidants than either green teas, which fight free radicals, culpable in causing cancer and other diseases
  • Fights osteoporosis
  • Can help prevent the return of prostate cancer
  • Lowers bad cholesterol (proven in mice at this point)
  • Lowers blood pressure for people with hypertension
  • Pomegranate seed oil can cause breast cancer cells to die and keeps healthy cells intact
  • It is believed to support the body’s natural defenses against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Long-term use may help combat erectile dysfunction

It is believed that regular ingestion can create and maintain clear skin, a youthful glow, and soothe skin inflammation.

One word of caution:
Pomegranate juice might interfere with some medications in much the same way as grapefruit juice; when grapefruit juice is risky, it is safest to assume that pomegranate juice is also risky.

How to Eat Pomegranates

pomegranate-seedsThe edible portion of the fruit is the seeds, and the white membrane portion and shell should be discarded.  The seeds taste slightly sweet and tangy at the same time.  First cut the top of the pomegranate off and score the rind in several places around the fruit to make it easier to cut the fruit into sections.  Put the sections in a bowl of water and pull the seeds out with your fingers.  The juice stains, so be sure to keep it off your clothing.

Pomegranate Recipes

Apple Pear Cobbler with Pomegranate Cream Sauce
by Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo

Equipment Needed: Food Processor and Blender

Ingredients

    Crust:

  • 10 dates
  • 1 cup almonds, soaked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    Filling:

  • 4 large apples
  • 4 large pears
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried pomegranate powder
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Make the crust by putting all crust ingredients in food processor and process with S blade until well combined and crumbly.
  2. Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 8 x 5 inch pyrex dish.
  3. Shred apple and pear slices. Add lemon juice, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  4. Put mixture into the dish on top of the crust.
  5. Crumble the remaining crust over the filling.
  6. Slice open the pomegranate (see Pomegranate article above) and sprinkle the seeds on top of the cobbler.
  7. Blend the macadamia nuts, pomegranate powder and water until smoothe and creamy.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over individual servings.
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