Calories In Pomegranate: Here's Why You Should Add This Superfood To Your Diet

   |  Updated: May 31, 2018 18:44 IST

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Calories In Pomegranate: Here's Why You Should Add This Superfood To Your Diet
Highlights
  • Pomegranates is considered as a superfoods
  • Pomegranate is a snack that helps to lose weight
  • Pomegranate is known as a natural aphrodisiac
Admittedly, pomegranates make for some of the toughest fruits to cut open and eat; however, thanks to the many health benefits they have to offer, they are considered superfoods. They come packed with vitamins B, C and K and antioxidants that promote health. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, the pomegranate seeds and their juice are most valued for their antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. Moreover, it is a low-calorie fruit, making pomegranate a snack that helps lose weight without packing many calories. Let's look at how many calories are in a pomegranate and a few recipes to ensure you include this wonder fruit in your diet.

Calories in Pomegranate

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 100 grams of pomegranate seeds contain 83 calories; the majority of which come from carbohydrates. A medium pomegranate is said to contain about 10 grams of fibre and about 39 grams of sugar. Moreover, it is said to provide 48 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

(Also Read - Amazing Pomegranate Nutrition Facts And Health Benefits)

pomegranate juiceCalories in pomegranate: A medium pomegranate is said to contain about 10 grams of fibre

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

  1. According to the book Healing Foods, drinking a glass of the juice every day may lower levels of prostate specific antigen in men.
  2. Antioxidant flavonols in pomegranate may help reduce the activity of proteins that are shown to cause inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
  3. The fruit has antiviral properties that help prevent infections and maintain overall health, especially oral health.
  4. The antioxidants present in pomegranate help prevent heart conditions. Its polyphenol compounds help keep the blood pressure levels in check.
  5. Pomegranate juice has shown to increase blood platelet count, thereby preventing a condition like anaemia. In fact, it is known as the most trusted blood thinner.
  6. Pomegranate contains vitamin C, which is known to fight against signs of ageing in the long run. It is super hydrating and the presence of micronutrients and phytochemicals help keep the skin glowing.
  7. Pomegranate is known to be a natural aphrodisiac.
  8. Pomegranate seeds boost digestive health; thanks to the presence of B-complex vitamins. They also contain fibre, which is essential for digestion.
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Calories in pomegranate: The fruit has antiviral properties that help prevent infectionsHealthy Pomegranate Recipes You Should Prepare At Home

1. Pomegranate and Kiwi Salad



Recipe by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor



Toss pomegranate seeds and kiwi to make a refreshing salad. Dress it up with a tangy orange and mint dressing; make it super healthy and tasty.



2. Pomegranate Chutney



Recipe by Chef Thomas Robin Gomes



An innovative and tangy dip prepared with pomegranate, tamarind and crushed rose petals. Sounds like one amazing dip, doesn't it?



3. Pearl Barley Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado Recipe



Recipe by Chef Ritu Dalmia



A healthy salad with the goodness of pearl barley, pomegranate seeds and avocado, all of which are considered superfoods, make sure you drizzle some olive oil and lemon to add that extra flavour and tang.



4. Pomegranate Juice



Recipe by Anurag Sharma



Learn how to detox with this twisted pomegranate juice. All you need is beetroot, pomegranate and aloe vera along with some black pepper to make a magic potion for health.



Other ways to use pomegranate in your diet:



According to the book Healing Foods, pomegranate molasses is a delicious substitute for balsamic vinegar in dressings, marinades and glazes. For a salad, combine pomegranate seeds with pear, pineapple and orange segments, chopped fresh mint and lettuce. Drizzle with honey-sweetened dressing.



Note: Do not waste the pomegranate rind. You can use it in making tea. It is also known to have antibiotic properties.



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Relish this low-calorie fruit and ensure a healthy life.


 

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