{"id":606066442546,"title":"Is V8 Good for You? An Ingredient Analysis","created_at":"2023-08-15T23:46:42-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is V8 Good for You? An Ingredient Analysis\",\n \"keywords\": \"is v8 good for you, is v8 bad for you, is v8 healthy, is v8 unhealthy, v8 ingredients, v8\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the sourcing and types of meat sold by Good Chop to give our take on whether or not the brand is a healthy option. 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It’s composed of vegetables, fruits and flavorings, and the brand describes itself as “The Original Plant-Powered Drink.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is V8 actually healthy, or is it a waste of money? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? Are there healthier alternatives? And how do real users describe the taste of the drinks?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in V8 based on medical studies to give our take on whether the brand is good for you or not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll highlight some questionable additive ingredients and feature unsponsored customer taste tests.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – V8 Original\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/V8_Juice_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1692157548\" alt=\"V8 Original ingredients\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in V8 Original are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe main ingredients are a blend of vegetables: carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2017 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5372571\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e documents that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efruit and vegetable juice can have favorable effects on the cardiovascular system, including potential reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol depending on the fruits and vegetables used.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost medical studies on juice from produce suggests more health benefits than risks, as we documented in our article on the popular \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-naked-juice-healthy\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNaked drink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIf the only ingredients in V8 Original were filtered water and these seven veggies, we would likely recommend the drink from a nutritional perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, there are also two additive ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause inflammatory reactions in the body according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eToxicology Reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavoring\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a broad categorical descriptor that fails to document the specific chemical compounds used to create the flavoring.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2013 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3620743\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggests that some flavoring additives and their metabolites may be unhealthy for humans.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBeta carotene\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a naturally-derived antioxidant that was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8950884\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNutrients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal to slightly increase risk of cardiovascular events.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t understand the need for V8 to add vitamins and nutrients when vegetables are already nutrient-rich.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we believe that the pros outweigh the cons and consider V8 to be good for you, especially for the average American who may not consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not currently recommend this drink due to the inactive ingredients highlighted above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut before analyzing the ingredients in V8’s energy drink, we’ll feature some unsponsored user reviews including taste tests.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal People Try V8\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “JustJordan33” has a video taste testing various V8 drinks that has over 200,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/zM4GcdSSb9s\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Mostly Healthy Food Reviews” shared his thoughts on the taste and effects of V8’s energy drink:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/MXBJa8S2_aY\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – V8 Energy\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/V8_Energy_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1692157679\" alt=\"V8 Energy ingredients\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in the Sparkling Orange Pineapple flavor of V8 Energy are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis drink has less caffeine (80 milligrams) than the average energy drink we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, which may make it a safer option for those with anxiety or cardiovascular issues. This is less than the caffeine in one cup of coffee.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis energy drink is partially flavored with fruit and vegetable juice, making it a more nutritious and healthy option than commercial energy drinks like Red Bull.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, there are still some questionable additive ingredients in this formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe explained why we don’t recommend citric acid, natural flavoring and vitamin additives in the previous ingredient analysis section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSucralose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener that’s clinically shown to worsen insulin function, as we discussed in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-muscle-milk-good-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMuscle Milk\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we do not consider V8 Energy to be good for you, although we do consider it to be a healthier option than commercial alternatives such as Monster and Red Bull.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Homemade V8 Healthier?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube video from a channel called “Plant Abundance” shows how to make homemade V8 using fresh produce. This may be a healthier option than the brand-name drink due to the lack of additive ingredients:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/FsdliGyqzhY\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Veggie Juice Pick\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Veggie_Juice_Image.png?v=1692158229\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/45rLaaL\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVery Veggie\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e from RW Knudsen is our top pick for a vegetable juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis juice is organic, packaged in glass rather than plastic, and free of citric acid and flavoring additives. The only ingredients are organic vegetables and filtered water.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePurchasing juices packaged in glass rather than plastic may be better for human health (and the environment), because plasticizing chemicals are \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31424294\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to leach and have hormone-disrupting effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Very Veggie \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/45rLaaL\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product’s Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eV8 is good for you because it’s mainly composed of filtered water and a mix of vegetables.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany Americans don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so we believe this brand is likely to improve the health of most people who drink it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend V8 due to the inclusion of several inactive ingredients like citric acid and natural flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find it strange that a vegetable juice, which is already rich in naturally-occurring nutrients, would also add vitamins and nutrients to their drink.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not consider V8 Energy to be good for you given that it contains an artificial sweetener. However, we do think it’s a healthier option than most energy drinks.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRW Knudsen sells a vegetable juice that’s a better option in our opinion, given that it’s packaged in glass and free of additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-15T23:57:17-04:00","updated_at":"2023-10-19T21:09:54-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in V8 Original and V8 Energy based on medical studies to give our take on whether the drinks are good for you or not. We highlight some questionable additive ingredients in both drinks, and feature unsponsored customer reviews.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-v8-good-for-you","tags":"_related:nutrition, _related:vegetarian"}

Is V8 Good for You? An Ingredient Analysis

Is V8 Good for You? An Ingredient Analysis


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V8 is one of the original health drinks in the US. It’s composed of vegetables, fruits and flavorings, and the brand describes itself as “The Original Plant-Powered Drink.”

But is V8 actually healthy, or is it a waste of money? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? Are there healthier alternatives? And how do real users describe the taste of the drinks?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in V8 based on medical studies to give our take on whether the brand is good for you or not.

We’ll highlight some questionable additive ingredients and feature unsponsored customer taste tests.

Ingredient Analysis – V8 Original

V8 Original ingredients

The ingredients in V8 Original are shown above.

The main ingredients are a blend of vegetables: carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.

A 2017 medical review documents that fruit and vegetable juice can have favorable effects on the cardiovascular system, including potential reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol depending on the fruits and vegetables used.

Most medical studies on juice from produce suggests more health benefits than risks, as we documented in our article on the popular Naked drink.

If the only ingredients in V8 Original were filtered water and these seven veggies, we would likely recommend the drink from a nutritional perspective.

However, there are also two additive ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause inflammatory reactions in the body according to a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal.

Natural flavoring is a broad categorical descriptor that fails to document the specific chemical compounds used to create the flavoring.

A 2013 medical review suggests that some flavoring additives and their metabolites may be unhealthy for humans.

Beta carotene is a naturally-derived antioxidant that was shown in a medical review published in the Nutrients journal to slightly increase risk of cardiovascular events.

We don’t understand the need for V8 to add vitamins and nutrients when vegetables are already nutrient-rich.

Overall, we believe that the pros outweigh the cons and consider V8 to be good for you, especially for the average American who may not consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

We do not currently recommend this drink due to the inactive ingredients highlighted above.

But before analyzing the ingredients in V8’s energy drink, we’ll feature some unsponsored user reviews including taste tests.

Real People Try V8

A YouTube creator named “JustJordan33” has a video taste testing various V8 drinks that has over 200,000 views:

A YouTube creator named “Mostly Healthy Food Reviews” shared his thoughts on the taste and effects of V8’s energy drink:

Ingredient Analysis – V8 Energy

V8 Energy ingredients

The ingredients in the Sparkling Orange Pineapple flavor of V8 Energy are shown above.

This drink has less caffeine (80 milligrams) than the average energy drink we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, which may make it a safer option for those with anxiety or cardiovascular issues. This is less than the caffeine in one cup of coffee.

This energy drink is partially flavored with fruit and vegetable juice, making it a more nutritious and healthy option than commercial energy drinks like Red Bull.

However, there are still some questionable additive ingredients in this formulation.

We explained why we don’t recommend citric acid, natural flavoring and vitamin additives in the previous ingredient analysis section.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that’s clinically shown to worsen insulin function, as we discussed in our review of Muscle Milk.

Overall, we do not consider V8 Energy to be good for you, although we do consider it to be a healthier option than commercial alternatives such as Monster and Red Bull.

Is Homemade V8 Healthier?

A YouTube video from a channel called “Plant Abundance” shows how to make homemade V8 using fresh produce. This may be a healthier option than the brand-name drink due to the lack of additive ingredients:

Our Clean Veggie Juice Pick

Very Veggie from RW Knudsen is our top pick for a vegetable juice.

This juice is organic, packaged in glass rather than plastic, and free of citric acid and flavoring additives. The only ingredients are organic vegetables and filtered water.

Purchasing juices packaged in glass rather than plastic may be better for human health (and the environment), because plasticizing chemicals are clinically shown to leach and have hormone-disrupting effects.

Interested consumers can check out Very Veggie at this link to the product’s Amazon listing.

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Conclusion

V8 is good for you because it’s mainly composed of filtered water and a mix of vegetables.

Many Americans don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so we believe this brand is likely to improve the health of most people who drink it.

We don’t currently recommend V8 due to the inclusion of several inactive ingredients like citric acid and natural flavors.

We find it strange that a vegetable juice, which is already rich in naturally-occurring nutrients, would also add vitamins and nutrients to their drink.

We do not consider V8 Energy to be good for you given that it contains an artificial sweetener. However, we do think it’s a healthier option than most energy drinks.

RW Knudsen sells a vegetable juice that’s a better option in our opinion, given that it’s packaged in glass and free of additive ingredients.