Should You Drink Your Fruits and Veggies?

V8 V-Fusion 3 BottlesIf you don’t want to eat your fruits and vegetables, now you can drink them. V-Fusion, is one of the latest fortified “health” beverages to hit supermarket shelves.  The manufacturer claims t an 8-ounce serving “gives you a full serving of vegetables plus a full serving of fruit.”   It’s touted as a blend of vegetables and fruit which sets it apart from its veggie-only  brother, V8 juice.

I am not usually one to believe everything I hear in advertisements, but with a son who thinks the word vegetable is a four letter word and never says ‘no’ to a sweetened beverage, I thought I’d take a closer look.

Ilaria St. Florian, RD-Mom Reviewer at AppforHealth.com

In terms of taste, V-Fusion is sweet enough for kids, tastes more like a fruit than a vegetable and comes in many flavors and three varieties including Regular, Light and Plus Tea which includes a shot of green tea extract (and caffeine).  The Light and Tea versions both list “water” as their first ingredient and in fact taste lighter and crisper than the Regular version, however they both contain only one combined serving of vegetables and fruit, not two.

Does V-Fusion live up to its health claims?

The label states that an 8-oz serving  contains ½ cup of vegetables and ½ cup of fruit, which is the equivalent to one serving each, per  USDA.

It’s made of 100% fruit and vegetables juices but not freshly squeezed as one may infer (it is after all sold in the non-refrigerated aisle).  Instead, it is made of “reconstituted” juices, which is another way of saying juice concentrate.  Plus there is added water, no added sugars and vitamins C and E which allows the manufacturer to put an “antioxidant” label on the packaging.

But watch out because healthy doesn’t equal  low calorie.  Eight ounces of V-Fusion contains 100 – 120 calories, plus sodium and natural sugars.

I certainly believe in getting your fruits and vegetables from the real thing and not a fortified drink.  However, if you or your kids are craving a sweetened beverage that has fewer calories and more nutrients than a soda or fruit punch, V-Fusion is not a bad choice, especially the Light and Tea versions which are lower in calories (50–80 calories per serving), due to higher water content and added Sucralose, the same artificial sweetener found in Splenda.

V8 V-Fusion comes in seven delicious flavors: Strawberry Banana, Peach Mango, Pomegranate Blueberry, Açai Mixed Berry, Cranberry Blackberry, Goji Raspberry, and Concord Grape Raspberry.

V8 V-Fusion + Tea comes in Raspberry Green Tea, Pineapple Mango Green Tea, and Pomegranate Green Tea.

V8 V-Fusion Light comes in Concord Grape Raspberry Light, Cranberry Blackberry Light, Açai Mixed Berry Light, Strawberry Banana Light, Peach Mango Light, and Pomegranate Blueberry Light.

— Ilaria


 

Comments

  1. I love V8 veggie

  2. just so you all know it is addicting- and yummy

  3. Too bad I was hoping to just drink v8 lol. Back to fresh veggies…

  4. Pauline Longchamp says:

    i agree with your article. there is nothing so good as fresh picked from the garden.

  5. I’d prefer to opt to make the more expensive fruit and veggie smoothies out of fresh whole ingredients. Not a huge fan of fruit and veggie juices…but I admit, sometimes it just has to do when it comes to the kiddos. Better than soda or fruit punch!

  6. I am ssoo happy to see I am not the only person who loves this juice drink. I am addicted to the Concord Grape Raspberry. I easily drink a 46 oz bottle a day. Today, I no longer drink sodas (also known as pop, the term my fellow Minnesotan’s use for soda, you betcha ;-)) nor powered iced teas, which are loaded with sugars and high fructose corn syrups.

    I look at it this way – by drinking this product, V-8’s regular veggie juice, Florida OJ and 1% milk, I am leagues healthier with these beverages than with what I was previously ingesting. I wonder if mind over matter applies here – mentally I had my fruits and veggies for the day, so my body makes it so!!!!

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