Pomegranates

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This week let’s have some fun and try something a bit different: Pomegranates!

I have vague recollections of eating this exotic fruit as a child, but until it’s recently resurgent popularity, I hadn’t really thought much about it. But I should have! Pomegranates have significant anti-cancer qualities; just the edible seeds are readily available as a snack, salad addition or garnish; and the juice is a fabulous mixer, marinate and flavoring element.

So this week, your mission (a very enjoyable mission!) is to add pomegranates to your diet.

Why Eat Pomegranates?

From an anti-cancer point of view:

  • Preliminary studies may show that pomegranates slow the progression of prostate cancer (Mayo Clinic)
  • Pre-clinical studies on lab animals showing that oral feeding of pomegranate extract inhibits the growth of lung, skin, colon and prostate tumors (Natural News)
  • “Recent research has shown that pomegranate extracts selectively inhibit the growth of breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer cells in culture.”(PubMed)

Ok, I bought a pomegranate. What do I do with it?

This is a short video that shows the fast track to pomegranate pleasures (the seeds are also available ready to eat at some markets):

Recipes

Easy ideas: Add the seeds to any salad (Trader Joe’s has ready to eat pomegranate seeds in their produce section); enjoy some juice; enjoy the seeds as a snack.

Bobby Flay Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts
Can anyone say serious anticancer yum? Olive oil would also be an oil to consider in this recipe.

Pear and Pomegranate Salad
This salad would be great with spinach, swiss chard, kale, arugula or all the above! The higher nutritional quotient of these deep green vegetables would be preferable to lettuce. Click here for a similar, even easier salad.

Pomegranate Merlot Braised Lamb Shanks
I recently had a dinner party with a leg of grass fed lamb. We had a fair amount of leftovers and I pulled this recipe to create a ragout. From Williams Sonoma and simply amazing!

Pomegranate Pork Loin

Pomegranate Rosemary Marinade

More Reading

Cancer.gov
Pomegranates from SuperfoodsRx.com

 

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