Diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This comes as no surprise, considering the fact that fruits and vegetables are nutrient powerhouses, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, yet considerably low in calories. While all fruits and veggies offer benefits, certain varieties are exceptionally nutritious, making them well worth emphasizing within a balanced diet.
These ruby red fruits are high in three types of potent antioxidants known as polyphenols, according to the Pomegranate Council, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
Antioxidants are beneficial because they provide protection against free radicals — harmful substances that damage your body’s cells and may increase your risk for diseases, such as cancer. Pomegranates are also loaded with the antioxidant vitamin C, the electrolyte potassium and healthy digestion-promoting fiber, yet relatively low in calories.