It was suggested to me this morning that I post something on V8 juice. An innocent looking drink that has lots of benefits, thanks to the vegetable content.
There are so many different types of V8 juice and it’s available in lots of sizes. I’m going to concentrate on two types that I assume are the most popular: 100% Vegetable Juice and Low Sodium V8 juice.
I don’t have photos today but here are the ingredients for 100% Vegetable Juice: RECONSTITUTED VEGETABLE JUICE BLEND (WATER AND CONCENTRATED JUICES OF TOMATOES, CARROTS, CELERY, BEETS, PARSLEY, LETTUCE, WATERCRESS, SPINACH), SALT, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), NATURAL FLAVORING, CITRIC ACID.
Aside from the offputting “reconstituted” phrase to start it off, the list looks good until you get to natural flavouring. Reconstituted probably means a loss of a lot of nutrients along the way, so although you may get 2 servings per can, it won’t do you as much as good as eating the real thing.
Natural Flavouring is misleading. “Natural” means the flavour has to be sourced from a natural food. But after that, it’s anyone’s game. All flavours are developed in a lab by a flavorist, whether they are natural or artificial. So you can be assured there are some chemicals included in the process.
I tried to find out what the Natural source was. After 4 phones calls to Campbells (who makes V8), including one that pretended he had a problem with his phone, I gave up. I couldn’t even establish if it was suitable for vegans or vegetarians.
Moving onto the Nutrition Facts, a juice of so many vegetables should contain more than 1g of fibre. Which supports my point about the reconstitution. Also alarming is the amount of sodium. 450mg is 19% of the daily intake. I generally ditch a product right away that is more than 400mg per serving. (A way around this would be to buy the smaller size which results in less sodium).
V8 does have a Low Sodium variety. This one does cut the sodium in half but instead it has 2 scary ingredients added; DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE. These additives are flavour enhancers. Although they aren’t directly MSG, they work in synergy with MSG; i.e.: they don’t do much alone. So you can probably assume that this product has MSG in it.
I didn’t even bother troubling the guy at Campbell’s about this one!
So if you are going with V8, go with the small size real one and avoid the low sodium one completely. But better still ….. make a salad.