Friday, April 30, 2010

Fit tip for you- Over Rated

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.

Vegetable Juice-

"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!

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