Pomegranate Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate is a nutritional rich fruit, with unique flavor, taste, and health promoting characteristics. Botanically it grows on a small size, fruit bearing deciduous tree. The fruit is thought to have originated in the Sub-Himalayan range of North India.
The pomegranate fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamins and high in phytochemicals that may promote heart health and help to prevent cancer.
The name for the pomegranate is derived from Latin and literally means “seeded apple.” Only the seeds are edible and are found inside a large hexagonal-shaped red fruit. A bitter, inedible membrane holds the seeds. An average pomegranate contains about 600 seeds, known as arils, which are encapsulated in white pith. The arils are delicious eaten raw or processed into a health juice.
The fruit is moderate in calories. 100g provides 83 calories, slightly more than that found in apples. It contains no cholesterol or saturated fats. It is a good source of Vitamin C, providing about 17% of the daily requirement. Consumption of fruits rich in Vitamin C help the body develop resistance against infections by boosting immunity.