These fruits are a 1-2 punch against cholesterol
The 'pomegranate-date cocktail,' as researchers in Haifa call it, is a veritable elixir for cardiovascular health.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: pomegranate juice rocks.
Turns out, researchers in Israel feel the same way, and in a recent study, they paired the power-fruits with our other favorite superfood: dates. The result? Double the antioxidant power for a one-two punch against cholesterol.
On their own, pomegranates have been scientifically proven to boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, combat inflammation and lower cholesterol. Other studies have suggested pomegranates may inhibit cancer cell growth.
The research out of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, led by Professor Michael Aviram of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center, showed that combining the two fruits creates a power cocktail that is more beneficial than eating the fruits separately.
The research suggests that drinking just 4 ounces of pomegranate juice with three dates (the pits of which you can also eat by grinding into a paste) every day can boost your cardiovascular health tremendously – in the study, the combination cleared out 28 percent of the cholesterol in the test subjects' arteries.
To celebrate this happy marriage of two of our all-time favorite ingredients, here are a few delicious ways you can meet your cocktail quota:
- For breakfast, spread some peach and date chutney on whole grain toast and enjoy with a half a glass of pomegranate juice.
- You can also add dates to a creamy bowl of oatmeal for a substantial and sweet hot breakfast. Puree the pits and add for an extra dose of fiber.
- For dinner, add dates to your tajine or stuff them in a turkey breast.
- If you're vegetarian, sub dates for the dried fruit called for in this tasty stuffed eggplant recipe.
- A great snack for any time of day, dates and their ground pits can go into our homemade energy bars.
- And of course, drinking pomegranate juice is a tangy treat for any time of day. Pomegranate seeds are just as healthy! Here's how to get those nutritional gems out of their pesky rind.
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