V8 Vegetable Juice – Twice the Salt of McD’s French Fries

From Fooducate reader Luke: “My question has to do with V8 (the original, or the spicy hot version of the original). Avoid? OK to buy? Please help!”

We certainly can understand the confusion. Just take a look at V8′s marketing messages on each and every bottle:

“Essential Antioxidants”

“Heart Healthy”

Heart Check Endorsement from the American Heart Association

“100% Vegetable Juice”

Reads as if  we should be drinking gallons a day…

What you need to know:

Let’s begin with V8′s claims that it is “100% Vegetable Juice”. Too bad their website does not include the ingredient list. Is there something to hide? We found the ingredient elsewhere, and reading it, one can see that, true, all the juice is from vegetables, but there are added ingredients. Here’s the list:

Tomato Juice From Concentrate (Water, Tomato Concentrate), Reconstituted Vegetable Juice Blend (Water and Concentrated Juices of Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach), Salt, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Flavoring, Citric Acid.

The number 1 addition is water! Notice that V8 is from concentrate. This means that the veggies were at one point juiced, but for logistical purposes, the water content was removed. (Same thing happens with orange juice). So you’re not getting freshly juiced vegetables. For all we know the veggies have been stored in refrigerated vats as concentrate for months.

Interesting addition to the list are the salt, vitamin C, and flavorings. A single glass of V8 contains 480mg of sodium, or 20% (!!!) of the daily maximum. Compare to 135mg for a small McDonald’s French Fries, or 290mg for a medium.

Why so much salt you ask? Because it tastes good. There’s a low sodium option with only 140mg, and after you taste it, you’ll understand. But could there be a middle ground, or some attempt to slowly reduce the salt content over time?

The added vitamin C is worth mentioning too. Why would a vitamin rich juice need any additions? Well, vitamin C is one of the mot volatile micronutrients, in a sense that it easily and quickly “evaporates” from fruits and vegetables the moment they are exposed to oxygen. So food processors simply add more. V8 adds a lot more – it contains 120% of the daily value.

The added flavorings are always a riddle. They are trade secrets, and are usually crafted to make a product smell and taste better. So is V8′s great taste to be attributed to the natural veggies, or some laboratory in New Jersey? Most likely a mix of both.

A glance at the nutrition panel shows only 2 grams of fiber, which is really low considering all the fiber rich vegetables that went into the juice. But that’s what happens when you turn a solid into a liquid – lots of the fibrous content is discarded. The sugar count is 8 grams (2 teaspoons), but none has been added, it’s all from the vegetables themselves.

What about the calories? a glass of V8 will set you back only 50 calories. Compare to a glass of orange juice with 120 calories, or soda pop with 90.

As for the other marketing claims – shame on the American Heart Association for endorsing this product. High sodium intake leads to heart problems, and the AHA is actively encouraging people to reduce their consumption. From the AHA website:


High-sodium diets are linked to an increase in blood pressure and a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can help lower high blood pressure or prevent it from developing in the first place. Keeping your blood pressure at healthy levels is important, because high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks or stroke.

The American Heart Association recommends that you choose and prepare foods with little or no salt to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.


So why in the world would the AHA recommend a product that with once glass reached a third of the daily maximum? (hint: Campbell’s, the owner of V8 brand, pays the AHA a hefty sum for each product endorsed.)

As for the “Essential Antioxidants” blurb, it has absolutely no meaning, no way to be verified, and unfortunately misguides shoppers.

Bottom line: V8 may not as bad as soda, but is a far cry from a daily, nurturing habit. The high sodium content is very worrying, and from a veggie perspective, you are better off consuming the real deal, fiber and other fresh nutrients included.

What to do at the supermarket:

As an occasional treat, juice and even soda can be OK. But make it a habit to avoid the beverage aisles at the supermarket. Drink tap water. Save money. Save the earth. And save your “discretionary calorie” allocation for a really decadent dessert…

[Update: See V8's response in the comments below. What do you think?]

  • http://foodsheal.com DrBillDean

    Forget the NaCl energetically no one should be drinking this :)

  • Kirk Fontenot

    What about Low Sodium V-8?

    • compmaster

      What about it.

      • Byoung66

        Just about anyone transitioning from a diet of 2400mg to a diet of less than 1500 mg will lose very close to 10lbs within a month. Try it….you’ll like it.

        • Brigg Z

          Cut out dairy and red meat and there’s another 10.

          • Tzu Wu

            “Cut out anything that tastes good,you’ll like it” You health freaks bug me.No wonder the supplement business is booming,with everything health food people are cutting out of their diets.

  • http://www.campbellsoup.com Juli Mandel Sloves

    I wanted to respond on behalf of Campbell Soup Company, the makers of V8. Sodium reduction is our top priority and we have made great advancements in offering great-tasting foods that are lower in sodium. In just the past three years, we have lowered the sodium in V8 not once, but twice. It is now at 420 mg sodium/serving, and meets the criteria designated by the government for healthy foods. We also lowered the sodium in our Spicy Hot V8 juice so that the whole line is now at healthy sodium levels. Low Sodium V8 is another option at 140 mg sodium/serving and its the fastest growing part of our portfolio. When you consider that 7 out of 10 people don’t meet the government recommendations for vegetable servings, V8 can be a great way to get more vegetables in the diet — not as a replacement for, but in addition to eating fresh and frozen vegetables.

    The reason the juice is made from concentrate is that we grow 90% of our tomatoes and the 7 other vegetables in V8 between July and October. So we bring them directly from the fields to our paste facilities to concentrate the juices and this enables us make V8 juices throughout the year.

    • leo

      I am currenly looking at the ingredients on v8 vegetable juice essential antioxidants and it say in the ingredients 480mg sodium per serving.

      • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

        So does the company website!

        • major7

          Not any more it doesn’t.

          • Joe

            No- now it’s 650mg per serving.

          • Alex

            The new world order has recently been pressuring corporations to increase the rate of population control. Next year will be over 900mg of sodium to ensure higher rates of heart attack and strokes.

          • Edgaras F

            Now it’s 920mg. Quite opposite of what OP was claiming. The sodium level per serving is increasing!

          • FNetV1

            Now it’s 980mg, just 20 mg shy of 1 full gram of sodium!

            Today (April 29, 2016), I purchased a 12oz V8 after reading its ingredient list and thats it. After I finished drinking it I read the nutrition label and was shocked to find out that it had 980 mg of sodium.

            I will definitely be taking the extra time to fully read the nutritional label the next time that I purchase any drink.

            Here is the picture of the label of the V8 I bought.

    • dfwenigma

      Juli I’m glad the industry is responding. But here is my take: food producers simply add far too much salt PERIOD. Salt is a natural, cheap preservative. It also enhances flavor – but then so do other things that we know are bad for us. Today consumers are more conscious and better educated than ever about our food sources. In my opinion the Federal government should forbid the use of salt as a preservative and limit endorsements of products that include so much salt. People don’t make foods anymore so you the vendors are “it”. “Trying” to lower the amount of salt is a cheap ploy. Eliminate salt from your products and replace it with wholesome, natural ingredients that are good for us. Come clean on additives and preservatives. And start creating biodegradable packaging that actually does what additives and preservatives are supposed to do: make food more palatable, safe and enjoyable. What we get out of a V-8 bottle should be what we’d get out of a food juicer if we had the time, money and inclination plus safe, natural ingredients that don’t ruin our health. That should be true of all Campbell’s products and we know it’s not. But be certain Campbell’s isn’t alone. Your industry controls the FDA and the Department of Agriculture. Fortunately for us the Consumer Protection Agency has some teeth. Maybe a few visible lawsuits will cause food makers to re-evaluate their business models.

      • George P

        How would you suggest they provide wholesome natural products year-round? Should they spend energy importing fresh vegetables from around the world as seasons change?
        And the government should tell companies not to use salt? And how much responsibility is on the vendors? They made a low sodium version and it doesn’t taste as good. If consumers choose the higher sodoum product, how is that the vendors’ fault? And should they just fold up and go out of business?
        Your suggestions don’t make practical sense and I’m just a consumer. Think about what you would actually do if you were king of Campbell’s, instead of idealistic platitudes about the environment and nutrition and responsibility.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38714116 FishscaleBoy Run C

      I’ll tell you what, this 980mg of sodium in the 12 fl oz bottle of V8 cant be healthy. 41% of the daily value of sodium in one small drink???? Oh no

      • Craig

        But if thats all the salt you are getting all day its still not enough! Duh?

        • FishscaleBoy Run C

          Now would have made such a statement if all the salt I consumed in on a daily basis came from a fuckin drink shit head!!?? No I wouldn’t. Duh..asshole

          • Ray Buschow

            shit head indeed

    • Assika126


      Thanks for your response. Could you tell me if V8 has MSG or derivatives in it? I have a medical condition where MSG gives me bad diarrhea for about a week. I used to love V8, so I bought some at the store. Before I had a chance to drink it, I got ‘tomato juice’ at a bar . I had a bad reaction to it and now I’m scared to drink my V8. I know tomato juice has some natural glutamic acid but I do NOT react
      to plain tomato juice. I believe based on the taste that it was V8
      which caused the reaction at the bar. Can you give me a yes/no answer to whether MSG or similar compounds have been added to V8?

    • Banditgirl99

      Anything from campbells is a non food product if you have to add vitamins and minerals to your food and then can it and over process it then its NOT FOOD….. get back to making your own foods and stop feeding your body these toxic foods campbells, kelloges are all gmo products and worst kids homicide ever…

      • Fokkter


      • George P


    • tom

      Whenever you say we meet government standards you lose.

      • PJones

        Says YOU, without offering a rationale.
        That means you lose.

        • tiredofstupidty

          It is the absolute minimum standards. That is too much sodium period. But please go have a few glasses ;)

          • PJones

            Say you, STILL without offering a rationale.
            Look, your first statement was a blanket one about government standards. Now instead of rehabilitating that outburst you shift to a non sequitur about “too much socium” along with some nonsense about “go have a few glasses.”
            Well, I buy 28, 11.5 oz cans of V8 at a time. I love it and I’m in excellent health. But more importanly to you, I never stick a foot in my mouth or my head up my ass. So go figure out what you’re doing wrong before you criticize others.
            Wow. For someone supposedly “tired of stupidity” you sure exhibit more than a minimum daily allowance of it.

          • tiredofstupidty

            Please drink nothing but the high sodium V 8 11.5 oz juice 15 times a day. Enjoy because we need more people to pay into social security and not collect any. Bye Felicia

          • PJones

            First, I’m already collecting Social Security. You should hope to live as long and well. Also, better idea just for you: Please only post sober. Bye Hemorrhoid.

    • Cindy Lou

      Juli – I am grateful to the manufacturers of V8 for the high sodium content in V8. I have a condition that is quite different from hypertension: it is Dysautonomia with POTS (postural orthostatic hypotension syndrome). There is no cure for this syndrome, but a high sodium diet helps. V8 juice works best for me, better than sodium chloride tablets and fluodrocortisone (Rx that causes the body to retain fluids). Even my two MD’s recommend it as better than all the pills because it acts more “evenly” on the body. PLEASE don’t stop making the “high sodium” V8′s while you expand the low sodium. The “high sodium” V8′s are a life saver for people like me, and there are plenty of us. It’s esp wonderful that u make it in such convenient portable sizes that we can carry around with us.

      • Lindy


      • tiredofstupidty

        Just eat salt it is cheaper.

    • Lindy

      no they are not at healthy levels YET only low sodium does…the rest are still not healthy alternative to vegetables…shame on you but keep trying, maybe you will get it right yet ….I just bought spicy bottles 12oz and 70 calories BUT 980 sodium….returning it…I was lied to…11. oz can…920 sodium….both have ABOUT 40% of the DAILY ALLOWANCE FOR HEALTHY ADULTS….SO NO GOOD FOR DIABETICS, HEART TROUBLE OR WEIGHT LOSS!!! THERE IS LESS SALT IN MCDONALDS FRENCH FRIES!!

      • George P

        How were you lied to? And why are you just repeating what you just read in the article but in all caps?

    • Jim C.

      anything with government guidelines has to be bad from the start

      • George P

        Why’s that, Jim? Cuz “government bad”? Where’d you learn that?

    • Stella Chen

      I need sodium for my neurocardiogenic syncope – I just got it under control again with V8, although I don’t really enjoy taste of tomato and veggies…much rather have V8 splash…PLEASE DONT STOP MAKING! It’s helping me not pass out as frequently!~

    • Tori Goeringer

      I am currently drinking an 11.5 oz can of V8 which is why I am here.
      It has 920 mg of sodium, 38% of the avg daily value.
      That would make an 8 oz glass of V8 contain 640 mg of sodium.

      Thanks for all your bullshit claims of advancements in the defense of your motherboard company that would discard you in an instant.

      I will be throwing out the rest of the V8 I have at home, will not be buying more, and will advocate that V8 is comparably as healthy as ramen.

    • TexanForever

      Great response. I keep low-sodium V8 as a staple in the fridge. It prevents nighttime leg cramps. But mostly I drink it because it tastes good and os healthier than sodas, which I also like.

    • Adrienne Murray

      WHY is there so MUCH sodium even in the “low sodium” version???
      No one wants it!!!
      It is NOT ‘heart healthy’!!!
      Put it in the bottle as it is in nature and sell it and do not add ANYTHING!!!
      Be “NO SODIUM” instead of “low sodium”!
      DOWN with sodium/salt (and sugar) PERIOD!

  • Heidi

    I just think many products need sodium adjustment.. not to the extend of low sodium (which in some products can be almost tasteless) but many products contain so much that all you taste is salt.

    • Chris mall

      If you don’t like v8 for whatever reason high sodium or whatever then don’t freakin drink it. We sure dont need the government telling us what to eat and drink . Think for your selves people. Geez. Leave everyone alone.

  • http://www.whosmydaddy.wordpress.com Cassie

    @Juli Mandel Sloves I see your point, Juli, but something’s got to give. Sometimes it’s just that people don’t eat fresh veggies because this product is available. They figure it’s easier…but that’s just my take.

  • terri bella

    Att: Campbell soup in response to why your product uses concentrate
    Your response: because the vegetables that are in it are not in season all year long so you make the concentrate so year long production is possible

    My response as a nutritional science student and green citizen: How about just eating the fresh vegetables that are in season instead of V8

    • George P

      Because they are a company that makes v8? What part of commerce don’t you understand? Individuals could make the choice you suggest. But they don’t. They buy the hifh sodium version of v8 instead. Now what do we do? Any real suggestions as an expert? Not sarcastic. I genuinely am asking. Because above they suggested that the company be forced, by the government, to make a product that doesn’t sell well.

  • Bruce

    “…some laboratory in New Jersey”
    Hey! You got a problem with New Jersey?!

    PS: The maximum allowed sodium in the criteria for “healthy” was lowered to 360 mg in 1998, but industry lobbying resulted in it being raised back to 480 mg in 2005.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Editorial Staff

      @Bruce, no problem with NJ, grew up in Bergen County :-) . It’s just that several big food flavoring companies call the state home…

  • http://www.palateworks.com Carol

    “Essential Antioxidants” is called an implied nutrient content claim. An antioxidant claim is allowed when the product contains at least a “good source” (i.e., at least 10% of DV) of any antioxidant for which there is an RDI established (read: vitamin A, C, E or Selenium). So, on that point, all the V-8s meet the bill (all contain at least 10% of DV for vitamins A and C). However, such a claim also requires some fine (but not too fine) print:
    “The names of the nutrients that are the antioxidants must appear in the claim. For example, ‘high in antioxidant vitamins C and E’” or, the claim headline must be linked by a symbol/asterisk “to the same symbol that appears ELSEWHERE ON THE SAME PANEL of a product label followed by the name or names of the nutrients….” 21 CFR 101.54(g)(4) (emphasis added with CAPS).
    I can’t tell if they’ve done this correctly from the small resolution image on their site.

  • http://www.palateworks.com Carol

    “…some laboratory in New Jersey”
    Hey! You got a problem with New Jersey?!

    PS: The maximum sodium allowed for a “healthy” claim was reduced to 360 mg in 1998, but industry lobbying resulted in it being raised back to 480 mg in 2005.

  • c

    @Editorial Staff
    at least they smell better than pharmaceutical companies, like the one that was in my NJ university’s backyard :-}

  • http://www.stellareaats.blogspot.com christellar

    It’s worth noting that the Canadian label lists all ingredients: and legally cannot list the claim “100% vegetable juice” if any ingredient comes from concentrate.

    I love V8 and i like this article because it notes the fact that the consumer should always be aware of sodium intake!

    I also enjoy the “High Fibre” version :D

  • http://www.stellareaats.blogspot.com christellar

    also worth noting canadian site:

    and that “antioxidant” claims aren’t allowed on any Canadian Food products according to CFIA regulations :)

  • http://rebeccassite.net Rebecca

    You bet, cuz juice os alright in moderation

  • clc7

    This recent article from CSPI’s Nutrition Action Health Letter has some more info on the subject of V8:


    Thanks for doing what you do! :)



    • responder

      Typing in caps doesn’t make you more right, it just makes it easier for others to see when you are wrong…

    • Lindy


  • Merrill

    Thank you for this very useful article. I don’t eat enough fresh vegetables, and had been swayed by the commercial saying that V8 is equivalent to two helpings of vegetables. I was amazed to find out how much sodium is contained in V8 (600 mg in the can I just drank). I notice that the can also contains 670 mg of potassium!

    Thank you also to the reader who pointed out that industry lobbyists succeeded during the Bush administration in getting the allowable amount of salt in a “healthy” portion raised by 33% over the limit set during the Clinton administration. It is yet another reminder, if 2008 wasn’t enough, hat politicians who advocate less oversight of industry are not acting in our best interest.

  • Dsxds02

    We want to know where the vegetables come from that go into V8?  It doesn’t state anything on the label.

  • kirke

    Can of coke or V8 juice? i know what one i’ll choose!!!

  • Charles Frasier

    I have had a glass of V8 every day for several years,since I dont ea any veggies.  Now I am having a problem with excess gas.  Could the V8 be the cause?

    • HighTaxes1

      That was funny!

  • Wood7079

    If you follow this simple concept from NY Times food editor Mark Bitman then you will not go wrong. “Eat food, ….not too much!

  • Bubba

    There’s a side-by-side comparison of sodium content with McD’s french fries, but why not a complete comparison with the rest of the nutritional value? It’s easy to make something look good (or bad) when comparing a single facet instead of going with the entirety of the information.

    • HighTaxes1

      You could look it up online on McD’s site. A SMALL french fry has 230 calories, 160 mg sodium, 1.5 g sat fat, 3 g fiber. Hey, a small one isn’t really all that bad!

  • HighTaxes1

    I prefer the taste of Low Sodium V-8 over the high-sodium version. I actually wish Campbell’s would significantly REDUCE the 140 mg of sodium in the 8 oz serving. I tried a store brand (Stop&Shop) equivalent; its label also stated 140 mg/serving of 8 oz, but the salt taste was overwhelming in the S&S generic. I assume S&S is putting in double what the label states.

  • Joe

    The new “Original” V-8 juice has 650mg of sodium per serving!!!!

  • http://hoverspot.com/blog.php?userId=989817 Mike Won

    The absence of the word ‘organic’ means poisons are included in the price!

    • willieB

      Oh what the fuck ever

  • Contexx

    Has the author read the recent Institute of Medicine ‘s review of clinical study of sodium intake? Maybe he should and revise his rebuke of V-8.

  • Brownielox

    I understand that it’s always healthier to eat the actual vegetables themselves. But to get the same vitamins A and C value that V8 has, you’d have to eat a LOT of vegetables. And for some people, drinking them in a beverage is a heck of a lot easier than eating them in solid form. I think it’s very nice that all of those vitamins are packed into one cup, not a huge plateful of solid foods. Also, it costs less to buy one can of V8 than it does to buy all the vegetables necessary to have the same amount of vitamins. For a poor college student – V8 is a lifesaver. Yes, the sodium content is a lot, and I do agree that the sodium should be lowered to a level somewhere between the 920 mg and the 480. If people are smart and drink lots of water and make sure their sodium is lower in other foods they eat that day, they’ll be fine.

    • George P

      Yeah. Skip the v8 then go eat a giant pile of nacho grande at the pub.

  • Feeling Salty

    I was disgusted to find that the V8 original I just drank contains 980mg/1bottle (12 FL. OZ) 980!!! that is 41% of my daily value on a beverage. this is an older post but I thought I would update. Obviously they have increased the salt over the years…

    • Tzu Wu

      Then don’t drink it, easy fix.

  • lang

    they lowered the sodium on the regular so they could get our totalitarian government’s stamp that it is heart healthy, even though sodium does NOT cause everyone problems…..at 480mg per serving, it tasted like crap, and i switched to regulare tomato juice which has around 600mg per serving….i guess me and enough people complained cause they moved it back up to 600mg and simply do not have the heart emblem on their regular product…good for them! and good for us, the fans of good tasting V8! come on, they provide a low sodium for those who need or the people who blindly believe sodium is evil, so don’t complain that the good high sodium is available…..why is it some people want EVERYONE to have yucky tasting food like they eat? if you can get your yucky food, please dont be upset at me for being able to get good tasting food!

    • willieB


  • Craig

    We actually need salt to survive. As long as you are counting your daily intake of salt who cares how much this product has? BTW, Did you know that too little salt is worse for you than too much? For a juice this has a decent amount of fiber as well as the two servings of veggies. You liberal tree huggers need to stop telling others what they should and should not be eating and mind your own business.

    • Lindy

      ummm not if you have high blood pressure and heart trouble which is 50 % of America…probably because for the last 50 years we be eating too much salt!

      • Jack B. Nimble

        I would try to avoid making blanket statements, use a context for the facts you state, and make sure you’re getting the facts from the latest studies.

        It’s actually the out of balance sodium-potassium balance that causes high blood pressure – not just sodium. The amount of sodium in V8 is balanced by the vegetables in it providing a huge amount of potassium – 1180mg of potassium per serving. Try cutting all the sodium out of your diet and watch how fast you’ll go to the hospital because you can’t retain water, become dehydrated, and your heart can’t retain a steady rhythm.

        The latest studies out of McMasters University (you can Google that to read them) state that low-sodium is just as bad as high sodium and they found that a sodium intake of 3g-6g per day to be the sweet spot. Anything below or above that had a high incidence of cardiac issues.

        In addition, it’s very dangerous for people on low-carb diets to follow any lower sodium advice because they NEED more sodium as the body excretes all of the electrolytes out with the excess water and without extra sodium in the diet they will have nausea and dizziness – and are at a real risk of cardiac arrhythmia and other effects from severe dehydration.

        • tiredofstupidty

          Another Campbell’s employee

      • tiredofstupidty

        These Campbell employees are all over this site posting how good too much salt is for you. Everything in moderation but the regular version has too much salt no matter how heart healthy AHA says it is as they all go to Hawaii paid for by Campbells.

        • George P

          Check your logic. Is the big bad government wrong to say 2800mg/day or is it right? We seem to be saying both on this site. The govt is evil and wrong but v8 has too much sodium. You know, according to govt standards. Which can’t be trusted.

  • Banditgirl99

    Table salt is bad but we need sea salts to help in digestion, alkaline your body with baking soda sea salts and other minerals and this will help with inflammation forming disease… do no use table salt it was boiled and over processes.. acid vs alkaline do your research..

    • Fokkter


  • maddie

    Don’t drink tap water! The chemicals being released into ground water through fracking practices are horrible, always always always drink filtered.

  • terrell

    there is not one viable study that says salt (sodium) is bad for you. it’s an assumed myth. other than the gov., show me the study.

    • tiredofstupidty

      Please drink 19 serving a day guy. Enjoy

      • Tzu Wu

        He wasn’t even talking about the product,what is wrong with you?

        • tiredofstupidty

          lol please read it is fundamental!!!

    • http://www.chinarut.com/ chinarut

      Naturally occurring sugar, oil, and salt is fine. Read The Pleasure Trap in regards to the impact of adding more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pleasure-Trap-Mastering-Undermines/dp/1570671974

  • khan

    unless you have hypertension salt is harmless. if you don’t eat much more than the RDA for salt you need to exercise more. there is no reason to believe reconstituted food can’t be healthy. you’re being alarmist.

    • tiredofstupidty

      You are correct Campbell employee. But hypertension is rampant in this country but feel free to drink a few serving a day yourself.

      • Tzu Wu

        People state opinions,even good ones,and you call them “Campbell Employee”,I think someone needs to get a life.

  • Carolyne Nguyen

    They have the original and the low sodium available. If the original is too high in sodium.. purchase the low sodium. Obviously it wouldn’t taste as good. Salt makes food tastes better. v8 makes consuming vegetable convenient. As long as you’re monitoring your own sodium intake.. it shouldn’t matter. We are solely responsible for what we put in our body. If v8 isn’t for you, don’t buy it.. move on.. juice at home etc. I love v8 but most certainly do not rely on it as a main source for my daily vegetable intake.

    • http://www.chinarut.com/ chinarut

      nicely said. Be careful of the word “obvious” though – for some people who have reduced their salt intake, the low sodium variety actually tastes *better*!

    • KentComments

      As I noted in another comment, the low-sodium version actually tastes just as good — and just as “salty” — as the regular stuff, because of judicious use of potassium chloride to replace most but not all of the salt. Even my salt-fiend ex-girlfriend likes it, and can’t tell the difference.

      • Carolyne Nguyen

        I concur, I prefer the low sodium as well.

  • KentComments

    You write, “Why so much salt you ask? Because it tastes good. There’s a low sodium
    option with only 140mg, and after you taste it, you’ll understand” Er, have you (Fooducate folks) tasted it? The low-sodium option tastes just as good — and just as “salty” — as the regular stuff, because of judicious use of potassium chloride to replace most but not all of the salt. Even my salt-fiend ex-girlfriend likes it, and can’t tell the difference.

  • Havandis Stargazer

    It is true their target market is that of an addicted society.

    What need we?

    A company no longer concerned with fear of income.

    A company only concerned with purity.

    This single act of higher consciousness will create a product resonating at THE HIGHEST LEVEL.

    This product is part of a new line.

    Because of its ultra high resonance of purity it attracts those who wish to maintain the same automatically.

    The illusion of effort is no longer necessary.

    As is all greatness.

    Jimi Hendrix, after his performance at Woodstock, no longer needed advertising.

    Nor does any greatness ever.

    Word of mouth is the most powerful advertising in this world.

    If it is greatness, greats will deceminate this fact throughout the collective.

    Please contact me.

    I am egar to assist V8 in their new top of the line Purity Products.

    Let us make of it a spectacle.

    Let us bring the gentleman from this post to the facilities and create a documentary on how V8 is changing the world one bottle at a time.

  • Cat

    I understand this is an old article, but for anyone wondering there’s now a V8 fusion with just 60mg of sodium. My boyfriend uses it as a replace my for coffee in the morning as it also has green tea in it- meaning caffeine. We drink the blueberry pomegranate flavor. The flavor takes a little getting used to, but we’re poor and busy college students and our fresh fruits and veggies often go to waste. This will do for now. :)

  • TexanForever

    I’m elderly, have had my two obligatory heart attacks (the 2nd almost fatal) and the usual bypass. My heart was damaged to the extent that it’s now only 30% efficient. I’ve also had grad school pharmacology, so I feel competent to comment.

    I switched from whole milk to unsweetened almond milk and now love it. When I need sweetener I use agave to keep blood sugar from spiking and risking diabetes. It tastes great, has no aftertaste, and you can cook with it. It’s expensive but cheaper than doctor bills.

    To keep my heart-lung O2 transfer as free of water as possible and prevent edema I add no salt to my food and avoid it as much as possible in ingredients. I find low sodium V-8 perfect in both nutrition and taste. I actually think the low sodium version tastes better than the original. Also most people don’t know that processed tomatoes, i.e., ketchup, ragu, or puree, is actually better for you than fresh tomatoes. Cooking (heat) actually releases the nutrients and makes them more bioavailable. This is why the Reagan administration listed ketchup as a school menu “vegetable,” infuriating low knowledge lay experts.

    I recently discovered that if I take a few swigs of low-sodium V-8 before I go to bed I don’t get my usual night cramps in the legs. Don’t know what enzyme in which vegetable is responsible for giving me relief, but something is going on.

    I stopped using Campbell soups long ago because they are too salty and no longer have the old wholesome flavor I remember as a kid. But low-sodium V-8 is a must-have for inclusion in my fridge.

    Hope this helps someone.

    • Tzu Wu

      It’s likely the potassium helping with the leg cramps.

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  • Al Smith

    Many years ago, and only for a very short time, Campbell marketed a V-8 variety with NO salt added. To my taste, it was delicious and actually had a bit of sweetness which, sadly, isn’t even detectable after salt is added. I suppose it didn’t sell briskly enough because it tasted nothing like what salt-habituated people expected. Whatever the reason, it was discontinued, and more’s the pity. I’m guessing that the V-8 “Fusion” line contains that same unsalted V-8 since it’s mixed with fruit juices and the salt would make THAT taste pretty terrible.

  • Ungawa

    You are all picking peanuts with the pigeons again, I like V-8 and will continue to use it, so put a sock in it.