What can be a reason for pomegranate juice induced headache aside from tannins?

Answered on November 06, 2014
Created September 25, 2014 at 2:56 AM

I don't seem to have tannin sensitivity, but I get headache from pomengranate juice. What other possible explanations?

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on November 06, 2014
at 03:08 AM

There are two other possibilities. Juice manufacturers aren't required by law to list ingredients that are below a certain threshold. POM juice adds natural flavors just as most orange juices (see below reply from a 2006 enquiry).  Some natural flavors are produced on bacteria or yeast, so although natural, if fermented foods give you a headache, you could be sensitive to tyramines. The second possibility is that almost all processed fruit is hydro cooled in a chloramine wash before processing, and this includes even organics like the packaged greens.Pomegranate fruit and seeds have problems with fungus growing, so the wash disinfects them. Most tap water is disinfected with chloramine. 

"[i]Thank you for your inquiry and the opportunity to answer your question.

Please rest assured that the natural flavors in our juice are exactly as stated. They are from botanical sources and are added in very small amounts to enhance the flavor of the juice. An example of a natural botanical flavor enhancer is lemon zest, which is added to some recipes to help bring out the flavor of a dish. We do not use lemon zest. In POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, natural botanical flavor enhancers are added in small amounts to bring out the flavor of the juice. In order to label ingredients in this manner, they do indeed need to be natural.

POM Wonderful is 100% juice and does not contain any preservatives, MSG or MSG-related compounds or precursors, sulfites, methanol, salicylates, added sugar, corn syrup or beet juice, dyes, or artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors. Our juice does not contain gluten, wheat, corn, nuts (including peanuts), soy or other major allergens.

Healthy Wishes,

POM Wonderful Customer Service"



on September 26, 2014
at 06:00 AM

Speaking about pomegranates and sugar, a surprising article:





on September 25, 2014
at 10:22 AM

How about the sugar bomb from the juice itself?  Do you get headaches from other juices?



on September 25, 2014
at 08:13 PM

No, not at all.

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