Sunday, September 27, 2009

And the POM giveaway winner is...

Wendy! Congrats on winning the coupons for a free bottle of POMx Tea and a free 16 oz bottle of POM Wonderful juice! E-mail your mailing address to less dot sweet at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My thoughts on POM Tea and a giveaway!

I few weeks ago I was contacted by POM (the pomegranate juice people) asking if I would like to try their new tea - POMx Tea. I really like their juices, so I jumped on the chance to give their tea a try. They sent me a package with several different flavors of the tea, and my husband and I happily set out trying them.

What did we think? was a mixed bag. First, if you're a serious tea drinker, don't get these drinks expecting a serious tea. (I know, duh! No self respecting serious tea drinker would expect a good bottled tea.) Tea (green, black, or white) is the first ingredient in these teas, but the juice flavor is the prominent one. That's not necessarily a bad thing, in my opinion. The juice flavor is good with the tea flavor as a subtle accent.

I enjoyed these drinks - especially the Pomegranate Peach Passion White POMx Tea, which has a wonderfully intense peach flavor thanks to peach juice from concentrate. My husband's first response was that these drinks are too sweet - and they are, but I like sweet drinks so that's not necessarily a turn off flavor wise for me. Which brings us to the next point...

One unfortunate ingredient No, no, it's not HFCS, but it might as well be as far as our diet is concerned. Sadly, all of the teas contain fructose. I didn't realize this until after I had tried all of the drinks. In fact, I actually bought a second bottle of the peach tea before realizing that it too contains crystalline fructose as an ingredient. (You can read my thoughts on crystalline fructose as an ingredient here. In short, if I'm going out of my way to avoid HFCS - an overly processed ingredient loaded with free fructose - it makes little sense to not also avoid pure free fructose - natural only in the sense that fructose also exists in nature - as an added ingredient.)

Let's take a look at the ingredients on my favorite tea of the bunch, Pomegranate Peach Passion White POMx Tea:
Gently Brewed White Tea (Water, Superior White Peony Tea Leaves), Fructose, POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice from Concentrate, POMX (POM Wonderful Pomegranate Antioxidant Extract - Patent Pending), Peach Juice from Concentrate, Passion Fruit Juice from Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid.
Such great ingredients - except for that darn fructose. And the other flavors are similar - great ingredients plus fructose. POM - take out the fructose! The drinks don't need it!

And now for the giveaway Ok, so you know my thoughts on this tea. I liked the taste - hubby thought they were way too sweet - and neither of us liked that they have added fructose. Still...POM was generous enough to provide a coupon for a free bottle of their POMx tea, and I know that not everyone shares my dislike of fructose as an added ingredient. So, I'm giving away a coupon for a free bottle of POM tea...PLUS a coupon for a free 16 oz bottle of any flavor of POM Wonderful juice. You can read my review of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice (with no added fructose!) here.

To enter, simply leave a comment! You have until Saturday at 11:59 pm to leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced Sunday afternoon and will have until the following Friday (Oct 2) to e-mail me their mailing address. Winners must have a US mailing address.