Pomegranate seeds are edible. They contain healthy nutrients and antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory properties. But if you have chronic constipation, eating a lot could cause an intestinal blockage.
Pomegranates are beautiful red fruit filled with seeds.
In fact, the term “granate” is derived from the Medieval Latin “granatum,” meaning “many-seeded” or “containing grains.”
The seeds comprise about half of the weight of a pomegranate (1). Each seed is encased in a sweet and juicy covering known as an aril.
While the seeds themselves are hard and fibrous, you might be missing out on some health benefits if you discard them.
This article tells you everything you need to know about pomegranate seeds.
Eating pomegranate or drinking its juice has been linked to several health benefits.
Pomegranate seeds may have value, too.
Many of the nutrients in pomegranates come from the arils, but the seeds themselves provide a few nutrients as well.
Unique fatty acids
There is some research on humans confirming the effect of pomegranate seed oil on blood sugar, as well as research showing that punicic acid may decrease inflammation in the brain.
Learn more on how to open and seed a pomegranate and watch the demonstration below.
Pomegranate seeds are different from the arils, which are the sweet, juice-filled pulps that this fruit is known for.
The seeds themselves appear to be perfectly edible.
They are a good source of antioxidants, insoluble fiber, and punicic acid. Animal studies suggest that this unique acid provides anti-inflammatory effects for the body and brain.
While no evidence indicates that pomegranate seeds are unhealthy, a very high intake may increase the risk of intestinal blockage in people with severe, chronic constipation.