Eating Pomegranate Seeds

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Question. My 5 year old son loves pomegranates. He eats the seed and swallows the hard part in the middle after chewing it up. This is the way I've always eaten my pomegranates. Is this ok for my children to do or should they only extract the juice? My sister told me that the seeds can get lodged in the intestines and create problems. Is this true? Mike, California

Answer. Although they might be considered a choking hazard for younger kids, it is usually considered safe for older children to eat pomegranate seeds.

Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

According to the Pomegranate Council, when eating a pomegranate, you should 'roll out the arils (juice sacs)', discard everything else, and then 'eat the arils whole, seeds and all.'

They go on to say that it is a 'personal choice' as to whether or not you eat the seeds. However, keep in mind that 'most of the fiber that you get from eating pomegranates comes from that little seed.'

In addition to having some fiber, pomegranates are a good source of Vitamin C and potassium. Most of the calories, about 105 calories for a medium pomegranate, does come from sugar.

Eating Seeds

As we often spit out watermelon seeds and grape seeds or even look for seedless varieties of these fruits, eating pomegranate seeds might seem a little weird.

Some seeds are even bad for you, including apple, apricot, pear seeds. And you also aren't supposed to eat plum, peach, or cherry pits.

But then again, we do eat plenty of other seeds without thinking twice about it.

Many kids enjoy eating sunflower seeds.

Do your kids like almonds? They are actually seeds, not nuts.

And many people eat toasted pumpkin and cantaloupe seeds.

So is it so strange to eat pomegranate seeds?

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