With pomegranate juice readily available any time of the year, why not try a new refreshing drink and enjoy some in this Pomegranate Iced Tea? Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
Are pomegranates good for you?
I promised myself when I started this blog that I would not talk about anything political or controversial. I blog about food, my silly stories and my unglamorous life. In the news this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a prior ruling against POM Wonderful and their health claims about pomegranates and pomegranate juice.
Basically, our beloved government didn’t find the research on the benefits of fiber and antioxidants to be worth much. Begin rant.
I am, by education, a marketing and advertising person. I learned my trade writing and designing automotive ads. Oh yes, I’m oozing with glamour. Talk about legalese and walking the line. You don’t walk the legal line any closer than you do with automotive advertising.
Now, I’m all over truth in advertising. And, I’m all over being honest.
But, I will not get my nutrition facts or information from the U.S. government – the same government who pushed the not-so-nutritional food pyramid on us for decades. The same government that switched it to the even more not so great food plate.
What about salt? Salt is bad for you. Now, salt is good for you. Eggs are bad for you. Eggs are good for you. AAARGH! Make up your minds!!!!
Half of me is Persian. My grandfather and my uncle were both pharmacists back in Iran. There was ZERO doubt about the health benefits of the pomegranate, even in the days and age of no tv. We had centuries of research, yes word of mouth research, about pomegranates.
Pomegranates are rich in fiber and incredibly high in antioxidants. We all know the health benefits of antioxidants. There is countless research showing that foods high in polyphenols (like pomegranates and olive oil) and good for the heart, body and mind.
Are pomegranates good for you? Centuries of pomegranate consumption and studies have made me a believer.
What kind of tea to use for pomegranate iced tea?
Iced tea fans are pretty passionate about the best tea for iced tea. I’m pretty neutral on the subject as I prefer hot tea to iced. And for hot tea, I’m an Earl Grey fanatic, no question.
The rest of my family love iced tea, in all of its varieties. From dark teas to green teas, they love iced tea. For this particular recipe for pomegranate iced tea I used Earl Grey. But you can easily use green tea or any of your favorite teas.
Is tea healthy for you?
Well, here we go again with the health questions! Many teas have been found to be rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. This is the unprocessed teas like green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.
But tea can also be brewed with flowers, like hibiscus, chamomile and echinacea. All of these teas have additional health benefits, as well. Check out this article for more information on the health benefits of different teas.
Final words on pomegranate juice
You can find pomegranate juice at your grocery or you can juice it yourself. I have a directions HERE for juicing a pomegranate. The video at the top of the post shows you the best way to shuck a pomegranate (and you can read MORE on that here).
Eat more pomegranates. They really are GOOD FOR YOU!
And no, this is not a sponsored post. The pomegranates POM Wonderful sent me years ago are long gone. Every year I am still buying pomegranates with my own money. Do your own research and due diligence, and educate yourself. No one will look out for you and your family better than yourself.
- 3 cup chilled brewed tea
- 2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint
- 2 tsp granulated sugar or honey (optional)
- In a large pitcher combine tea and juice, stirring until combined.
- Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey (optional).
- Divide into four glasses filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint and pomegranate arils.
Serving Suggestions: Great alternatives to sugar is honey, agave nectar and stevia. For extra zing, add a squeeze of lime.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 30mg Carbohydrates: 53g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 47g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g