Have you heard about the health benefits of pomegranates? This delicious fruit is an excellent choice for South Beach Dieters starting on Phase 2.
Not only are pomegranates a dense source of nutrients including fiber and vitamins A, C, and E, they also contain other cancer- and heart-disease-fighting antioxidants like anthocyanins, tannins, and polyphenols. These phytonutrients seem to be particularly good for heart health because they are anti-inflammatory and relax the blood vessels, which helps improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
juice packs a healthy punch:
Scientists at the Rambam Medical Center in Israel reported that pomegranate juice contains almost three times more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, and other juices. In addition, drinking one glass of pomegranate juice every day was found to slow down cholesterol oxidation — when free radicals in the body merge with cholesterol, triggering plaque buildup in the arteries. The juice may also reduce the retention of LDL (the "bad") cholesterol. These factors could significantly lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease. We don’t recommend drinking this much pomegranate juice on the South Beach Diet — just too high in sugar. That’s why the juice is a Phase 3 food. But this research is interesting.
enjoyable in a variety of ways:
Beginning on Phase 2, you can eat the fiber-rich seeds from the fruit on their own or as a topping for salads or yogurt. On Phase 3 you can begin to enjoy a small glass of the juice, which can be found in your supermarket’s refrigerated section. Because pomegranate juice typically has added sugars (to keep it from being overwhelmingly sour), we suggest you mix 2- to 4- ounces with seltzer or club soda, add some crushed ice and a lime wedge, and enjoy.