Review – POM Wonderful Juice
Ever since doctors diagnosed AG with asthma 8 years ago and throughout our early struggles with her breathing, we’ve slowly incorporated specific foods purported to have healing properties into our eating patterns. Foods like omega-3-rich fish, for example, may promote my kid’s good lung health or it may not, but I err on the side of *just in case.* And anyway, eating fresh foods packed with vitamins and other nutrients can only benefit overall good health for this whole family, and that’s part of the key to good asthma control, too.
But. I’m always reluctant to use the words *asthma* and *diet* in the same sentence – not to mention the same post – because I know Google will send readers this way through searches for a cure-all food or supplement that makes the bronchospasms disappear.
That’s not gonna happen.
There is no substitute for controller corticosteroids or bronchodilators. There is only the hope – my hope – that loading up on healthful foods everyday within the context of the entire maintenance picture is helping to reduce my kid’s flares.
Which dovetails nicely into today’s review of pomegranate juice. More specifically, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. The folks at POM Wonderful sent me a crate of this lovely stuff to review:
I’ve been drinking pomegranate juice ever since it started popping up on the radar as a superfood a few years ago. Cardiovascular studies suggest it may help lower cholesterol, and ounce for ounce it has a higher level of antioxidants than any other juice. Studies like this one suggest a relationship between antioxidant intake and asthma. But, while the possible health benefits of this super fruit prompted me to bring the juice into the house in the first place a few years ago, I stuck with it for the taste.
See, I’m not normally a juice or soft drink person. Never have been. I drink lots of water, lots of cold, unsweetened herbal tea, and lots of coffee. But even though my sweet tooth is rather persistent when it comes to ice cream or chocolate, I don’t especially like syrupy drinks. Even on hot days, after just a sip or two of fruit juice or sweet tea, I’ll put my glass down.
With pomegranate juice, I’ll finish the whole glass. It’s not as mouth-puckery as cranberry juice and therefore goes down easier, but it’s also slightly sweet for the days when I do crave something more than water. As for taste, if you’ve somehow missed out on the pomegranate juice bandwagon, it’s a little bit berry, a little bit apple, a little bit something undefinable.
It tastes like a pomegranate, which tastes like nothing else.
And if you want to hop up on this bandwagon with me, consider this information about the POM Wonderful brand: it contains only pomegranate juice and no fillers, and the juice itself comes from the antioxidant-heavy “Wonderful” variety of pomegranate, grown in the company’s orchards in California.
I like my pomegranate juice as a straight-up beverage, but people use it in all kinds of recipes, too. Check out the website for ideas on everything from meat marinades to salads to cocktails.
I’ve never cooked or make cocktails with pomegranate juice, but I have been known to use it in an Arnold Palmer or two (half iced tea, half juice).
As per my usual when I write about food, though, I’m making no claims here about pomegranate juice’s healing (or even helping) asthma. But since AG and her sister drink juice, anyway, it might as well be the one that, to my mind, has the very best chance of boosting her health.