Many of us are already aware of how important it is to incorporate fruit into our diets. However, with so many different varieties to choose from, it is sometimes difficult to decide which ones we should include in meals. At diabetv, we strongly encourage our readers to incorporate pomegranates as one of their fruits of choice. Even amongst similar foods, it has outstanding nutritional benefits that are difficult to match, especially for those with diabetes.
Researchers first started becoming interested in pomegranate because of its long cultural history of being used for medicinal purposes. The studies they conducted on this fruit found that its contents were extremely rich in vitamins and antioxidants. As such, it soon became to be regarded by many as a “superfood”, essentially a consumable that is highly beneficial for one’s health and in alleviating certain medical conditions.
Pomegranate has been shown to be particularly effective in preventing the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. This is because it prevents the buildup of plaque in one’s arteries, and even increases blood flow in those who already have developed heart conditions. One may wonder how this is even possible with pomegranate, and any juice made from it containing such high amounts of sugar. It is well known in the medical community that too much of it increases the chance of one developing atherosclerosis (plaque buildup). When consumed in abundance, this sweet substance begins to gather in the bloodstream and combines with proteins in the walls of the arteries, making them more susceptible to plaque formation. Researchers maintain that because the sugars in pomegranate are bound to its antioxidants, it is able to neutralize the former’s ability to cause heart disease. In that regard, it is also interesting to note that even after frequently drinking the sugar rich pomegranate juice on a daily basis, individuals with diabetes did not see a rise in their blood glucose levels.
Pomegranate is an extremely rich source of vitamin C, with its seeds containing 40% of one’s daily recommended amount. This wonderful fruit is also contains an abundance of fiber, which is what makes it so potent in halting the development of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, digestive problems and obesity. Some early research has suggested that pomegranate might be effective in combatting and preventing the occurrence of prostate cancer. However, studies concerning this topic are still in the early stages of testing, and this relationship has yet to be confirmed.
Pomegranate is usually enjoyed either raw, as a smoothie, or in a salad. The fruit on average contains 105 calories, 1 g of fiber, 25 g of sugar, and 1.5 g of protein. We mentioned earlier in the post that a few individuals with diabetes did not see a rise in their blood glucose levels even after eating the sugar laden pomegranate. We still recommended however taking into account the fruit’s seemingly heavy glycemic load into account when consuming it. If the individual seems to be having no problems with their blood sugar levels even after eating pomegranate for an extended period of time, perhaps they can start to be a bit more lax with the amount they intake daily.