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How the Heck Do You Even Eat a Pomegranate?

Pomegranate seeds, or arils, are not only delicious and fun to eat (Don't you just love how they pop in your mouth?), but they're also really good for you, providing 3.5 grams of fiber per half-cup serving, which may help control blood sugar levels, keep you full, and decrease cholesterol levels, says Keri Gans, R.D. "This nutritious fruit also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, that is important for our immune function and growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body," she explains.

Plus, because pomegranates are high in vitamin C and polyphenols, they may even help fight diseases like breast cancer. "Dozens of lab and animal studies show that pomegranates may halt the spread and recurrence of the disease," Lynne Eldridge, M.D. told us in Food and Cancer: What Superfoods Protect Your Body.

So, that's great and all, but what good are these good-for-you facts if you don't know how to eat them? As Cooking Channel's Eden Grinshpan of Edeneats.com shows you, it's actually much easier than you might think. First, slice the pomegranate in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Then take one half, with the open flesh side facing down, and hit it hard on the top of the peel-side with a wooden spoon to release the seeds—a medium sized pomegranate yields about one cup. Watch the video to see how it's done.

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