Dr Oz: Bell Peppers & Pomegranates + Red Super Foods

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Dr Oz: Red Bell Peppers

Dr Oz shared one super food you should have in your kitchen, saying that it can help maintain healthy skin, can reduce cancer risk factors, and can help build strong bones. Dr Oz first hinted that the food he’s talking about is a fruit, although most people think it’s a vegetable. He then shared that it has a crunchy texture and then said paprika is actually made from it. So what is he talking about? A red bell pepper!

Dr Oz explained that red bell peppers have tons of antioxidants in them and they also boost your immunity. Registered dietitian Sharon Richter explained that you should look for a pepper that has a bright green stem, and one that doesn’t have a lot of blemishes.

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Dr Oz: Eating Raw Bell Peppers

Dr Oz: Bell Peppers & Pomegranates + Red Super Foods

Dr Oz shared the health benefits of Pomegranates, and we have a secret to help you free those seeds! (Melica / Shutterstock.com)

They’re actually best to eat raw and fresh, but if you can’t find fresh ones, Sharon said a lot of people don’t know that they actually start out green, and then turn red and get sweeter. If you have a green one, it will get more and more red. Once it’s red, it will last in your fridge for  seven to 10 days with a wet paper towel. Once you’re ready to eat it, wash it under cold water to preserve the antioxidants.

Dr Oz: Benefits Of Pomegranates

Next, Dr Oz said there was another food that his daughter Daphne from The Chew actually brought to his attention. Daphne said she loves cooking with raw pomegranate seeds, adding them to her salads, and using them in rich, meaty stews.

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Dr Oz said pomegranates are perfect for your heart health. He liked Daphne’s idea of adding them to a salad, but also suggested drinking the juice by putting the seeds into a blender. Dr Oz said it’s a sweet drink and pomegranates are easy to find and full of benefits.

Although Dr Oz didn’t touch on it, my tip for removing the seeds quickly is to slice the fruit in half and then bang on the back of it with a wooden spoon, causing most of the seeds to pop right out. It’s a lot easier than picking each seed out yourself!

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