Craving a sweet sugary treat? Quitting sugar once and for all is tough. What about if you get a little help from another sweet substitute?
Pomegranates are among the healthiest fruits on the planet. Interestingly categorised as a berry, they are filled with hundreds of red edible seeds.
The pomegranate seeds are very sweet and can help you kick those sugar cravings and stop you reaching for the chocolate. Pomegranate seeds have been shown to fight cancer, improve memory, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.
One half-cup of pomegranate seeds provides 3 1/2 grams of fibre, more than twice the amount found in apples. Eating fibre is important for your body’s function as is slows the natural sugar of the pomegranate as it enters the body’s bloodstream, preventing a sugar rush.
Pomegranates contain Vitamin B as well as potassium which helps regulate blood pressure and supports nerve function. The antioxidants in this fruit, including tannins, quercetin and anthocyanins, are all heart-healthy and cancer-preventing. Pomegranate also has vitamin K, folate and iron, which keep the blood healthy, plus vitamins C and E which boost the immune system.
No wonder ancient civilizations were so keen on pomegranates! So, head down to your local market and grab a couple of these nutrient-filled fruit. Eat it as a snack, add it to your breakfast or have it as a dessert. Enjoy!