POM Wonderful sent me some pomegranate juice, and I have been thinking of ways to use it… I was thinking of making a cocktail with it (ah ha! a way to have a “healthy” alcoholic drink), or perhaps a smoothie (berries, yogurt, juice).
In the past I have never bought pomegranate juice because it is expensive, and I am not a big fan of juice. I just don’t like the flavor of sweetened beverages that much. But, I enjoy cranberry and grape juice a little, so why wouldn’t I like pomegranate juice equally? A few years ago there was a lot of hype about the antioxidants and health benefits in pomegranate juice.
There still haven’t been enough clear well-controlled human studies to say exactly what the health benefits are. But, we do know that pomegranate juice is definitely up there with red wine health benefits. After all, pomegranate juice is made from a fruit, and we all know that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables leads to healthier lives. The studies that have been done have shown heart health benefits, and slowing down prostate cancer (again, there still needs to be more conclusive evidence). There is more solid evidence for pomegranate juice helping to sustain current general health and not allow/slow rapid progression of disease.
If you drink pomegranate juice for the health benefits, you need to make sure you are drinking a pure brand such as the POM Wonderful brand, or other comparable juice. And remember, the FDA has not approved any health claims for the juice which means we have no conclusion about the true health benefits. But, we can begin to speculate, and feel healthy when getting our serving of fruit!
*1 cup (8 oz) pomegranate juice=1 serving fruit
*1 cup= 160 calories, 40g carb, 430 mg potassium (12% daily value); and has a lower glycemic index (in the 50s) which means the types of sugars in pomegranate juice will be less likely to cause an energy/sugar crash.