pomegranate juice

It seems like there is a new “super food” discovered every day, and that fruit or berry becomes the base of an overpriced bottle of juice just days later.

A lot of these juices are either acai berry or goji berry juices, and they retail for $20-30 per bottle! The supposed health benefits are numerous, and the drinks usually taste delicious, but that is a lot of money no matter how you look at it.

That’s why I like the trend towards pomegranate juice, which promises a number of health benefits without being too hard on the wallet. It’s certainly not cheap stuff, but it’s inexpensive compared to acai juice, and you can actually find it in the grocery store (unlike some juices that only come from sketchy MLM companies.)

I was browsing through an Ollie’s department store the other day and happened across Bellamessa 100% Pomegranate Juice. It was on sale for $2.99 for a 33.8 ounce bottle (probably about 50% off.) Sold!

Let’s see what I got myself into…

Pomegranate Health Benefits

We’re not dealing with an actual pomegranate, but this is supposed to be “100% pomegranate juice with no added sugar.” So it should still provide most of the health benefits that the fruit would.

But, like any fruit juice, it still has quite a few calories from the natural sugar.

Without further ado, here are the many health benefits of pomegranate juice:

The tannins and punicalagins (a type of antioxidant) in pomegranate juice has been shown to help in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme. It may even inhibit viral infections and have antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

The Taste Test

pomegranate juice

It’s healthy, but is it drinkable?

When I first tried a sip of this, had I not seen the “100% pomegranate juice” label, I’d swear it was cranberry juice! It tasted just like regular old cranberry juice! So it was alright, but clearly not as awesome as I had hoped for.

Luckily, after it was in the fridge for a while and got real cold, and I was real warm from being outside, I was able to taste the pomegranate! (It was exciting because I was beginning to think I had bought nothing more than an expensive bottle of cranberry juice!)

So yes, when nice and cold, this is a very sweet pomegranate juice. It still tastes similar to cranberry juice, though. It’s just barely different enough to notice.

I bet if you mixed this juice with other stuff it would taste better. Pomegranate blueberry is a popular combination, so maybe I should have put a couple ounces of this into a blueberry smoothie!

I’ll try that with my next bottle of pomegranate juice…

My final verdict is…

This was a good drink, but not a great drink. You might really like it if you like cranberry juice though.

In the end, I’m glad I tried some, but I’ll still stick with water and green tea as my main drinks. I will probably buy more of this some day when I’m in the mood, or when I can’t find a good fresh pomegranate to eat.

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Product Review Details
Company: Bellamessa
Product: Bellamessa 100% Pomegranate Juice
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2008-11-26
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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4 Comments
  1. i believe this juice is 100% pomegranate juice made from an imported Turkey concentrate.

    That area is also well known for using cheap fillers imitating this fruit.

    Not sure what you meant by “probably about 50% off” 50% off what!

    More research should be provided on your product

  2. @Mel

    Yes, the label says it’s “a product of Turkey.”

    And the 50% is 50% off the regular price. I paid $2.99, which is about 50% off the regular listed price.

  3. ha, if it sounds too good to be true…

  4. @joe c

    Definitely! I guess I’ll go for POM wonderful if I feel the need for pomegranate juice!

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