Many people wait all year for pomegranates to come into season. Typically, pomegranate season is from September to December, which puts it right in line with the holiday season. But this special fruit isn’t your typical heavy holiday treat, it’s sweet and delicious, and above all, it’s actually good for you! Pomegranates can be an interesting fruit to eat, but that makes it part of the fun. And having to work at eating something can slow our consumption down and help us eat less as our brain takes its time to signal that it’s no longer hungry, which can contribute to weight loss.
Sounds perfect for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, right? So if you’ve never tried a pomegranate, we’ve got five fabulous facts to help inspire you to break one open today!
- The word pomegranate means apple with many seeds. Some scholars believe it may have been a pomegranate, not an apple, that Eve used to tempt Adam.
- Pomegranates can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- Scientific evidence dates pomegranates as far back as 1000 BC!
- Each pomegranate contains hundreds of sweet and tangy, juicy and crunchy seeds known as “arils.”
- The ruby red color of the pomegranate comes from the polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants.
Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA, encourages his gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients to choose healthy snacks, and pomegranates can be a great choice. Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric weight loss patients come from all over Florida, including Boca Raton, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, for his esteemed reputation as a Center of Excellence Surgeon and for his compassionate and caring bedside manner. To schedule a surgical evaluation with Dr. Shillingford or to attend one of his free informational sessions, please call his Boca Raton office at (561) 483-8840.