The Eye Why – Simple Pomegranate Juice

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Drinks, Food
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In regards to health foods, food companies like to use buzz words/phrases to catch the consumer’s attention. Companies use bold phrases such as “All Natural” “No Trans Fat” and “Sugar Free” on their packages to sell an item higher than its actual worth. Other companies like to talk about the ingredients that make their product healthy. For example, some yogurt companies like to mention the presence of bacteria in their products that assist with digestion. Fruit snacks often come with the phrase “100% [Daily] Vitamin C” despite the amount of sugar, gelatin, and artificial ingredients in the fruit snacks. Juice manufacturers love to throw the word antioxidants out to the public; sadly, the majority of the general populace cannot tell you the definition of an antioxidant. In short, antioxidants serve as a super-nutrient to your body, because it can improve organ function, lower the risk of diseases & other hereditary problems (heart disease, high blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc), improve oxygen flow throughout the body, and more. Take care not to believe every beneficial claim of antioxidants, as some companies make up claims to better sell the product. For example, no one has proven that antioxidants lower the risk of prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction. Because of this, you should consume something based on its taste and facts rather than claims by the manufacturer. That said, we shall turn our attention to a fruit regarded as having high levels of antioxidants – the pomegranate.

All around the world, people cherish pomegranates for its versatility in culinary use. Those less familiar with pomegranates may recognize the more widespread POM Wonderful red bottles of pomegranate juice in grocery stores. Think of pomegranates as an inverse fruit – whereas in most other fruits you eat the pulp and discard the seeds, in a pomegranate, you consume the seeds and not the pulp. Eaten raw, the pomegranate seeds feel watery and rubbery, and taste sweet and tart; however, this all varies with the region that the pomegranate derives from. Regardless of its origin, no one can deny the health benefits of pomegranates. While no one can prove the levels of antioxidants in a pomegranate, all pomegranates contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Now in season in the northern hemisphere, you can find pomegranates at your local grocery store, or visit a local farmer’s market for fresh batches of pomegranates.

Pomegranate juice purchased from a store often contains exceeding amounts of sugar, negating the health benefits of pomegranates. For a refreshing homemade pomegranate juice, following this simple recipe: combine two parts pomegranate seeds and one part water in a blender, and blend until it liquifies. Pour out the juice through a strainer into a jar or bottle, and serve over ice, or refrigerate immediately. Your resulting mixture will taste just like pomegranate seeds, but in liquid form with no sugar added. If you want to get fancy, substitute this as a mixer in your favorite cocktail or martini. Drink this up as you would any juice or drink, and enjoy a true guilt-free all-natural refreshment, perfect for hot days, or just to accompany a meal.

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