V8 Original is perhaps the most recognizable vegetable juice brand. But is this juice actually good for you? Morgan Brod, RD, CND, gave MSN Lifestyle her opinion of V8 Original juice, its nutrient value and the benefits or drawbacks of drinking it.
All in all, Brod gave V8 Original a pretty good grade. Read on to learn the specifics of V8 Original ingredients and what this expert said about the popular veggie drink.
4. V8 Original Ingredients
According to their website, V8 Original’s key ingredients include tomatoes, plus various vegetables such as carrots, celery, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes and more. Fruit is also a key player in this juice, including mangoes, blueberries, pomegranates, and others. The V8 Original product label also lists the following ingredients: salt, potassium chloride, citric acid, natural flavors (derived from fruits and vegetables), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and beta carotene (vitamin A).
Nutritionist Morgan Brod gave this juice props for missing an ingredient that many other store-bought juices have in spades. “I love that there is no added sugar in this vegetable juice,” Brod told MSN Lifestyle. No added sugars means no empty sugar calories and less of a glycemic load that could spike blood glucose levels. However, people with diabetes should carefully consider all fruit and vegetable juice intake. One 11.5 fluid ounce can of V8 Original has 10 grams total natural sugars.
According to the company website, the “only product remaining in the V8 portfolio containing GMO ingredients is V8 Bloody Mary. The sugar and vinegar used in this product contain GMO derivatives.” Apparently, V8 consumers wanted their juice without GMOs and made that desire loud and clear. The company took consumer requests to heart and started making changes. Their website claims that “a vast majority of our products are Non-GMO” since 2019.
3. Nutrient Facts for V8 Original
A 64-ounce bottle of V8 Original 100% Vegetable Juice drink has eight 8-ounce servings. Each 8-ounce serving contains the following nutrition facts, according to the food label: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 640 mg sodium, 9 g total carbohydrates (9 g dietary fiber, 7 g total sugars), and 2 g protein. Other nutrients include 10% daily value (DV) of potassium, 20% DV of vitamin A, and 80% DV of vitamin C. “The only carbs are vegetables and there is no added sugar,” Brod explained. “[Vitamin] A is important for essential functions like your immune system and vision. Thirty percent of the recommended daily amount is a great start!”
According to the nutrient facts label, an 8-ounce glass of V8 Original equals two servings of vegetables. However, Brod recommends adding additional veggies for optimal health. “The more variety the better, as each vegetable provides unique nutritional content,” she told MSM Lifestyle. “Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach contain calcium, folate, and vitamin K, while red and yellow-hued vegetables like peppers and tomatoes provide vitamin C and vitamin A.” She also said that “getting a variety of fruits and vegetables in their many different forms (juice, raw, cooked)” is best for a wide variety of nutrients.