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The pomegranate… a “super fruit” we should never miss!

Who among us doesn’t love enjoying many of our Mediterranean dishes to which is added the delicious “pomegranate molasses”? And who among us doesn’t like to taste our famous “Baba Ghannouj” decorated with these reddish beads? Whether sweet or sour, the pomegranate is a delicious fruit that is found in many Mediterranean countries. As a fact, its brightly red, watery and luscious seeds have a particularly high antioxidant content. As to such seeds’ attractive red color, this is due to their concentration in anthocyanin pigments.

– With a moderate content in vitamin C and beta-carotene, 80% of the pomegranate is made of water; also, 100 grams of this fruit provide us with 74 kcal.
– The pomegranate is known to have a double anti-cancer action thanks to its richness in tannins and flavonoids which, according to several researchers, act against certain cancers, mainly the prostate cancer and the breast cancer.
– It is a fruit that promotes youth by way of regenerating our cells; this is due to its antioxidant effect which is greater than that of green tea.
– The pomegranate protects as well against cardiovascular diseases. This has been proved by several studies which have concluded that its consumption helps increase the good cholesterol levels.
– The pomegranate may have beneficial effects in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other hand, always try to choose the pomegranate pieces that have a smooth, shiny skin that is free of brownish spots. Also, the heavier pieces are usually the juiciest. Tip: To ensure that the pomegranate is quite ripe, you must its “metallic” sound when you pat it. Finally, the pomegranate can be easily stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. However, its juice can only be stored for a few days in the fridge.

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