Pomegranates are one of the best antioxidant-rich fruits available, making them a perfect choice for you and your growing bump. Want to know more about them and the best way to eat them? Read on…
Although originally and mainly cultivated in Middle Eastern countries, pomegranates are now grown in NSW, Vic and SA, which is great news because they have nutritional benefits for the whole family. The best time to buy this tropical, apple-sized fruit is from April to August, and it’s important to know the seeds are the only edible part. If you’re pregnant, pop some on your shopping list and reap the benefits.
5 reasons pomegranates are good for your pregnancy:
- Pomegranates contain a number of phytochemical compounds, which have been proven to be good for your heart. They may help lower blood pressure, which is great news if you’re in the later stages of pregnancy or suffering from pre-eclampsia when your blood pressure is likely to be elevated.
- Rich in vitamin C, pomegranates are excellent for the immune system and when your body is busy growing your baby, it needs all the extra immunity it can get.
- Studies have shown that eating pomegranate has a positive effect on bone health and density – perfect for giving your developing baby a boost.
- Pomegranates contain more antioxidants than cranberries and green tea, making them ideal for all-round health and nutrition.
- Many skincare products contain pomegranate juice. Its oils penetrate deeply into the skin so it helps to combat dryness, breakouts and promote healthy cell regeneration.
3 ways to add pomegranate to your pregnancy diet:
Slice the fruit in half and, holding one half over a bowl, release the seeds and juice by squeezing it then tapping it firmly with a wooden spoon.
- Sprinkle the seeds across a salad or dessert to give it that little bit of extra pizzazz.
- Pomegranate goes perfectly in a smoothie, either blended in (although the seeds can make it quite bitty) or by adding the seeds as a garnish.
- Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and juice, along with fresh mint, over a slow-baked shoulder of lamb to serve a perfect and nutritious winter warmer.
Fresh fact: The ancient Egyptians used the pomegranate as the symbol of fertility and also used it to treat infections.
Inspired to include pomegranate in one of your meals this week? Tell us below how you use it. For more tips on healthy eating during your pregnancy read What to eat when you're pregnant.