Are Pomegranates Paleo?


The key to living a Paleo lifestyle is to eat plants, animals, nuts, and seeds. Well, with pomegranate, you can kill two birds with one stone. Although the pulp of the pomegranate is certainly edible, many people eat only the seeds and there’s nothing wrong with that, because the seeds contain plenty of nutrients.

The Nutritional Content of Pomegranates

Notably, pomegranate seeds are rich in various B vitamins (particularly folate), vitamin C, vitamin K, and trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorous, and potassium. They also contain a fair amount of dietary fiber and polyphenols, both of which are necessary for a healthy immune system and gut biome.

Beware of “Superfood” Claims

Pomegranate (particularly the juice) has gained a reputation as a superfood from producers and marketers who have touted its health benefits to customers. Although pomegranate juice may certainly convey a number of health benefits (including the possibility of protection from heart disease, diabetes, and even the common cold) we should always beware of those who claim that their product is a superfood. Packaged foods in particular are liable to have added sugar so be especially wary of any and all packaged products.

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