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Healthy Food Database - Pomegranate

Pomegranates are bright coral-red with leathery skins. It's believed they originated from Persia or Afghanistan. Like many other foods, the Greeks associated pomegranates as a symbol of fertility. Pomegranate juice was once used as a colour dye. Within the inedible skin are hundreds of bright red juicy seeds with a sweet/sour flavour.
Select fruit that is firm and heavy with a rich, even colour. A shiny skin is an indication of a waxy coating; in their natural state, the skin has a dull patina. Avoid fruits that are broken or have soft spots.
The leathery skin protects pomegranates, allowing them to be stored for up to a week at room temperature or two months in the refrigerator. The juice and seeds can be frozen for several months.
1 pomegranate = about 1 cup of seeds.
To remove seeds, lightly score the skin from top to bottom. Peel back the skin, and remove the seeds from the bitter membrane with your fingers.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Autumn Winter
To Buy: Select fruit that is firm and heavy with a rich, even colour. A shiny skin is an indication of a waxy coating; in their natural state, the skin has a dull patina. Avoid fruits that are broken or have soft spots.
To Store: The leathery skin protects pomegranates, allowing them to be stored for up to a week at room temperature or two months in the refrigerator. The juice and seeds can be frozen for several months.
Tips & Tricks: 1 pomegranate = about 1 cup of seeds. To remove seeds, lightly score the skin from top to bottom. Peel back the skin, and remove the seeds from the bitter membrane with your fingers.

Nutrition (1 Unit):

Weight (grams): 154
Carbohydrates, g: 20.8
Protein (g): 3.1
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Potassium: Needed for normal growth and muscle and nerve contraction. Together with sodium regulates water and fluid balance in the body.
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Energy (kJ): 428
Fibre, g:
Fat (g): 0.0
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Eat as is or in salads. Pomegranate juice can be used in marinades.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Constipation
Intestinal Worms & Parasites
Gingivitis

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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