Dates and pomegranates, which both make brief appearances in the fall, are delicious and healthful seasonal treats-
-especially when you eat them together.
Pomegranates are rich in polyphenolic antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress. Dates are high in phenolic radical scavenger antioxidants, which stimulate the removal of cholesterol from arterial cells, according to research in the journal Food & Function. And in animal experiments, the two fruits consumed together along with date pits proved more beneficial than either one eaten separately.
The researchers suggest grinding the pits into a paste to eat, but a fruit salad sans pits with pomegranates, pomegranate juice and chopped dates is also a nutritious treat.