I am sharing some information for you that I got from my Nutrition Action Health letter, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
It is about Foods that are Over rated or Under rated. Today I will share one.
"2 full servings of Vegetables," announces the V8 label. Big Deal.
V8 is mostly reconstituted tomato juice. How do we know that its other juices are scarce? The most abundant non-tomato juice in V8 is carrot. (Then come celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, and spinach.) One cup of carrot juice contains 900 percent of a day's vitamin A. One cup of V8 contains 40 percent.
And unless you buy Low Sodium V8, you get 600 milligrams of sodium in every 11 1/2 oz. can. (That much Low Sodium V8 has 200 mg.) Granted, V8 used to have more sodium. But 600 mg is still 40 percent of a day's worth.
Also overrated: V8 V-Fusion, which promises a serving of vegetables plus a serving of fruit. The "fruit" in a flavor like Pomegranate Blueberry is mostly apple and grape juice. The "vegetables" include sweet potato and carrot (and tomato) concentrate, but not much, since a cup of Pomegranate Blueberry V8 V-Fusion has just 15 percent of a day's vitamin A.
Bottom line: Once you strip away the advertising, V8 isn't much better than watered-down tomato sauce.
I always like to give good advice to people on what is best to eat and drink. When I find information to share, I will always give it out.
More to come on Pita chips, energy bars, watermelon and many more.
Some are Over Rated and some are Under Rated!