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For quite a while now, "antioxidant" has been a big buzzword in wellness circles. Everyone wants the benefits of antioxidants — improved cellular health and protection against immunity-destroying free radicals. People are chugging down everything from green tea to red wine in an attempt to up their antioxidant quotient. But chances are they're missing out on one of the biggest sources of health-giving antioxidants — pomegranates. Studies have shown that pomegranate juice has higher amounts of antioxidants than green tea, blueberry juice and even the much-lauded red wine. It's even healthier to eat the actual seeds, which are filled with highly beneficial flavonoids and fiber, along with hefty amounts of Vitamin C and potassium.

Pomegranates are a highly seasonal fruit, and are only available from August to December. Their warm, red color makes them festive decorations for the holidays, but attractive as they are, they are meant to be eaten rather than admired. Pomegranates have a sweet, slightly tart taste, very much in line with the seed's bright red hue. Don't be intimidated by the hundreds of seeds contained in each fruit — just be prepared to get a little messy, and do be careful, as Pomegranate seeds can stain clothing. If you break open the fruit, the seeds are easily removed by hand. (Cutting the fruit open may cause the juice to squirt.) You can enjoy the pulp and just spit out the hard seeds within, or you can eat the seeds too. You can also have fresh pomegranate juice by taking a whole, unopened fruit and pressing it against a counter. Roll the pomegranate and continue to add pressure so that the seeds burst inside, releasing the juice. Then puncture the fruit or make a small cut and squeeze the juice out. (If that's too much work, you can just buy pomegranate juice at the store.) Either way you have your pomegranate, it's a low-calorie treat — one medium pomegranate has around 120 calories; 6 ounces of juice has 105.

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