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What's the verdict on V8 Vegetable Juice?


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I tried searching the forum and site first... nothing about V8... so I figure I'll ask.


Is V8 a good enough source for vegies during busy times?   I know it's a bit high in sodium (29% for the big 11.5oz can) but other than that it's low cal (70 cals, again for the big can), zero fat, zero cholesterol, high in vitamin A (and C), high in dietary fibers... and overall seems like a good healthy choice.


I know many can't stand the taste, but it tastes fine to me.


So are there any real negatives with V8?

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I'm sure it's fine although that salt content looks rather scary!  Vegetable juice only counts as 'one portion' of your five-a-day, no matter how much you drink.   If you're busy, things like salads, frozen peas and raw vegetables don't take much time to put together or eat. 

I loooove V8.  The only thing that kind of steers me away from it is a) the sodium (but I think they have a low-sod version, I just haven't tried it) and b) the fact that you get none of the fibre you would get from actually eating those vegetables.  In a pinch though, I will deff. have a v8.

I tried the low sodium once and ended up adding salt to make it palatable. 

I bought the low sodium once by mistake and also had to add salt to make it palatable. It is awful.

I love V8 and sometimes use it when I'm having a hard time controlling hunger at work. A glass of it for mid-morning or afternoon snack fills me up and takes away cravings. I personally don't count sodium at all. I'm not hypertensive and don't eat a lot of processed foods so I don't worry about it.

don't know why - i like tomato juice but can't stand V8

I get the no salt added tomato juice and add a squeeze of lime juice - YUM!

Just like fruit juice, you lose some of the fibre and benefits when you don't eat the whole food. V8 is good in a pinch but real vegetables are better.

I aim for real vegies during dinner meals.  I find V8, Bannana's, & grapes fairly convenient for packing my lunch.   I also pack my wife and kids lunches on most days so I'm usually pretty pressed for time in the morning.  It's good to hear it's not paticularly bad for me.  It does have some dietary fiber (3g).   Overall I'm still doing fine with the Sodium side of things if I go and track all of it for the day... so I'm not really worried about that.

wow!  it's funny to hear how you guys don't like the low sodium V8.  that's all i buy.  i don't much care about the taste.  i just like having it now & then for my serving of veges & i only buy the low sodium because i know i always have too much sodium to begin with.

i never heard that it's still only one serving of veges no matter how much you drink.  how can that be?  that's weird.

thanks for the post!

I absolutely love V8. The sodium doesnt bother me, Im perfectly healthy person and I will drink extra water to help keep things balanced, if I feel the need. But I think I tried the low sodium one and didnt find much difference. My favorite one is with tabasco in it. Me and my brother go nuts. I for one need to drink v8 b.c I cant stomach veggies unless its green beans. cooked spinach, or cooked carrots or corn.

"Vegetable juice only counts as 'one portion' of your five-a-day, no matter how much you drink."

- That is not true. Each 4oz of V8 vegetable juice is equivalent to 1 serving of vegetables.

That having been said, it is still not recommended that you use juices to meet your recommended 5-9 servings per day. You are missing out on the many benefits of eating whole foods, such as fiber, etc..

I like the low sodium V8 especially with the addition of fresh lemon or lime and black pepper and a little horseradish (like a Bloody Mary without the vodka).

I just wanted to add that I am a pretty picky eater and I dont like vegetables. Yet, I can drink the low sodium V8, so if your worried about sodium its worth a try!

gddrdld,


That's the same thing that the can of V8 says... the big one that I drink has the 2 servings of vegies.


Glad to hear others like V8.  I'd give the low sodium a try but I think here it only comes in the small cans and I like having the bigger can as a little snack during my day.  It's enough to be filling and it's a good deal to buy the big cans.  Infact at my local walmart they had an 8 pack for the price of the 6 pack (which is cheaper yet than buying individual big cans even).

Yes, the can says that but part of the reason that we need 5+ servings of fruit/veg a day is to get enough fibre.  So, you still need to have another 4 servings of fruit/veg to get that - no matter how much V8 you drink.  That's all gi-jane meant. 

It's the same as for fruit juices and dried fruit.  We all need to have 4+ servings/day of whole fruit/veg (pureed into a smoothie, soup or sauce counts; juiced doesn't) and an additional serving that can be whole, juiced or dried.

Delicious and perfect except it has WAYYYYYYYYY too much sodium.  But the no sodium V-8 is positively vile to me.

I picked up some Low Sodium version in the 11.5oz cans yesterday.  I was shocked to see them because last time they didn't have any.   Anyway just tried one today and it's ok.  It's not zero sodium but 200mg.  Still it's not as tasty as the original, but I think I can stomach this fine.  Also it's not 100% jucified like say grape juice... so I have to think there's a little more fiber here.  The can says 3% (12% daily value) of dietary fibers.  That's got to be worth something.

On a side note, this is by no means my only source of vegetables/fruit.  I tend to bring a banana with me as well to work and grapes.  So for the work portion of my day I'm netting atleast 3 servings.  The rest is at dinner.

I get most of my fiber from my grains. I do have at least 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies...well maybe 2 of veggies a day if I have some at lunch. Maybe for breakfast Ill work in more fruit

Cherry tomatos are a great way to get veggies and fiber in.

Original Post by nightc1:

I picked up some Low Sodium version in the 11.5oz cans yesterday.  I was shocked to see them because last time they didn't have any.   Anyway just tried one today and it's ok.  It's not zero sodium but 200mg.  Still it's not as tasty as the original, but I think I can stomach this fine.  Also it's not 100% jucified like say grape juice... so I have to think there's a little more fiber here.  The can says 3% (12% daily value) of dietary fibers.  That's got to be worth something.

On a side note, this is by no means my only source of vegetables/fruit.  I tend to bring a banana with me as well to work and grapes.  So for the work portion of my day I'm netting atleast 3 servings.  The rest is at dinner.

 nightc1,  Look at the grams of fiber not the % daily value. You need a minimum of 25gms fiber per day. A "good" source of fiber is a food that contains at least 2gms fiber per serving.

Original Post by susiecue:

Yes, the can says that but part of the reason that we need 5+ servings of fruit/veg a day is to get enough fibre.  So, you still need to have another 4 servings of fruit/veg to get that - no matter how much V8 you drink.  That's all gi-jane meant. 

It's the same as for fruit juices and dried fruit.  We all need to have 4+ servings/day of whole fruit/veg (pureed into a smoothie, soup or sauce counts; juiced doesn't) and an additional serving that can be whole, juiced or dried.

 I'm sorry, but to say that juices and dried fruits do not count the same as whole fruits toward the recommended 5-9 servings per day is just not true. Sure, whole fruits and veges are better as they are lower in cals per volume than dried fruits and contain fiber where juices don't. But to say that juices and dried fruits only meet 1 out of 5 servings is just not true with regard to current dietary guidelines and proposed by the USDA and FDA currently. Trust me. Fiber is easily obtained through grains and legumes as well and does not have to be gotten via whole fruits/veges (with regard to meeting the RDI's).

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