Pomegranate juice

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Squeezed pomegranate juice
A worker preparing juice from pomegranates at a market in Istanbul, Turkey

Pomegranate juice is made from the fruit of the pomegranate. It is used in cooking both as a fresh juice and as a concentrated syrup.

Possible health benefits and risks[edit]

While preliminary research suggests that the fruit juice may play a role in reducing the risk of cancer, reducing serum cholesterol, and protecting arteries from clogging, more research is needed to validate these findings.[1] Its possible benefits also need to be balanced against its high caloric content derived from its natural sugars.

There have been no large clinical trials showing that antioxidants can prevent heart attacks or other major heart-related events.[2]


The health benefits of pomegranate juice were promoted by POM Wonderful, a pomegranate products manufacturer. As of September 2010, the company and its principals were the subject of a false advertising complaint by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).[3] In May 2012, after a hearing, the administrative law judge issued an opinion upholding certain false advertising allegations in the FTC’s complaint—based on implied as opposed to express claims—and finding for Pom Wonderful on other points.[4] Pom Wonderful's action in the U.S. District Court has been pending since May 23, 2012.[5]

Pomegranate molasses[edit]

Pomegranate molasses from Iran

Pomegranate molasses is a fruit syrup made from pomegranate juice, not sugarcane-derived molasses. It is a reduction from the juice of a tart variety of pomegranate, evaporated to form a thick, dark red liquid. It is used in Iranian fesenjān and Turkish pilaf and çoban salatası.[6] It is called دبس رمّان (dibs rumman) in Arabic, nar ekşisi in Turkish, narşərab in Azerbaijani.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pomegranate: superfood or fad?". UK National Health Service (NHS). 
  2. ^ "Pomegranate Juice May Clear Clogged Arteries". webmd.com. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Wyatt, Edward (September 27, 2010). "Regulators call health claims in Pom juice ads deceptive". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "US FTC Office of Administrative Law Judges Docket No. 9344 In the Matter of Pom Wonderful LLC and Roll Global LLC, et al Initial Decision dated May 17, 2012" (PDF). U.S. Federal Trade Commission Office of Administrative Law Judges. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ Kardell, Nicole (May 24, 2012). "Why POM Wonderful Can Celebrate FTC Judge's Ruling in Advertising Case". The National Law Review. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Willoughby, John (March 23, 2010). "Making a foreign staple work back home". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-25. ... pomegranate molasses. Made by boiling down the juice of a tart variety of pomegranate, this thick, dark brown, deeply flavorful liquid is also used in Turkish pilafs and, in southern Turkey, in the ubiquitous shepherd’s salad. In other Middle Eastern cuisines, it is most often found in soups and stews. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Levin, Gregory M. (2006). Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden. Floreant Press. ISBN 978-0-9649497-6-8
  • Seeram, N.P. / Schulman, R.N. / Heber, D. (eds. 2006). Pomegranates: Ancient Roots to Modern Medicine. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-8493-9812-4