Any 100 percent vegetable juice counts toward a person’s daily recommended vegetable intake.
However, due to the importance of fiber, many nutritionists recommend eating whole vegetables and fruits. V8 may also contribute to a person’s salt intake.
With these guidelines in mind, how healthful is V8?
Possible health benefits
The makers of V8 claim that it is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Additionally, it contains no artificial colors or flavors, and no preservatives.
About 90 percent of “original” V8 juice is tomato puree. The product also contains:
- carrot juice
- celery juice
- beet juice
- parsley juice
- lettuce juice
- watercress juice
- spinach juice
- citric acid
- natural flavors
Also, V8 contains the following nutrients per 100 milliliters:
Below is more information about the purported health benefits of V8.
According to the Campbell’s website, 8 ounces (oz) of original V8 can supply 40 percent of a person’s daily vitamin A requirement.
An 8-oz glass of V8 provides 1,999 international units (IU) of vitamin A. Although the juice is a good source of the vitamin, many whole foods are better.
For example, half a cup of carrots provides 9,189 IU, or 184 percent of a person’s daily vitamin A requirement.
Other foods rich in vitamin A include:
- sweet potatoes
An 8-oz glass of V8 has 150 percent of a person’s daily vitamin C requirement, according to Campbell’s website.
However, all juices go through a pasteurization process, which involves heat. This heat treatment destroys some of the vitamin C.
The following whole foods are good sources of vitamin C:
- red peppers
- oranges and orange juice
- cooked broccoli