Tangy, sour, tart, and sweet, Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice dances on your tongue with every sip. Its flavor makes you want to purse your lips and cringe and at the same time smack your lips and say “Ahhh” after every refreshing sip.

It’s a drink with split tastes. Cranberry juice most similarly relates, but Pom kicks your tongue just that much harder. But yet you still keep drinking it. It’s as though the intensity of the juice, its fierce assault on your tongue forces you to drink more. And more. Until that distinctive figure-8-shaped bottle is all empty.

Pom claims its juice provides number of health benefits. Among them – increased blood flow to the heart, decrease in arterial plaque, improved prostate health, improved erectile function, and high antioxidant potency.

A graph in the documentation sent to us along with samples from the company illustrates that Pom Wonderful contains even more antioxidants than red wine, whose health benefits have been long touted. Nonetheless, these health claims should be taken with a grain of salt – antioxidant supplements have shown few health benefits in clinical trials, leading some researchers to believe that the increases in life span and drops in cancer rates seen from eating fruits and vegetables may be due to other nutrients. Nonetheless, in spite of this doubt about the role of antioxidants, the nutritional benefits from consuming fruits such as pomegranates are backed by substantial research, as evidenced here.

The price of the beverage also seemed a bit high – our local grocery stores sold the juice in 16 ounce bottles for $3.99, or roughly 25 cents per ounce. But this high price is likely due to the fact that manufacturing 100% pomegranate juice is often an excruciating process, as each individual pomegranate yields only small amounts of juice.

Nonetheless, this product is a delicious beverage with a unique, astringent taste that’s as refreshing as any juice we’ve tested.

Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice is listed in the most recent edition in our Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. As always, we are never paid to review a product, but we did receive a free sample of the juice from Pom.

Have any of you tried Pom? What did you think of it? Let us know!