Some people drink pomegranate juice to prevent them from getting sick. The sweet and sour juice would – especially because of the antioxidants it contains – help against all kinds of chronic diseases and certain types of cancer. But according to the Voedingscentrum it is healthier and better for the line to eat the pomegranate seeds.
Seven sugar cubes
There is a lot of sugar in pomegranate juice. A glass (200 ml) can easily contain around 28 grams. That amounts to about seven sugar cubes! And they are 112 calories again.
More fiber in the seeds
Yes, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals. But you also get that when you eat the pomegranate seeds, for example in the yoghurt or with a salad. It is better to eat fruit and vegetables than to drink in the form of juice. That way you also get the fibers and you are saturated faster. Juice saturates less well and you get a lot of sugar (so calories) unnoticed. (Do you find it a hassle to pick the seeds from the pomegranate? That is much easier! How? You can read that at the bottom of this article.)
Does pomegranate juice help against cancer?
Some people drink pomegranate juice to prevent them from getting sick. Pomegranate juice would – especially because of the antioxidants in it – help against heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers. But according to the Nutrition Center there is insufficient evidence for this. You do, however, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer by eating healthy and varied food.
Well proven healthy: coffee and tea
Do you want to drink something that has been shown to be good for your health? Drinking three cups of green or black tea a day reduces the risk of stroke and lowers blood pressure. There is also a proven link between two to four cups of coffee per day and a lower risk of heart disease or stroke. Coffee and tea are both in the Disk of Five. Without sugar, of course.
This way you quickly remove the seeds from a pomegranate
Cut the pomegranate in half. Hold one of the halves with the cutting surface down above a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon against the side of the fruit. This way, the glossy red seeds release easily. Repeat this with the other half of the pomegranate.