“ Fruit Juice „
A few years ago, in an effort to increase my vitamin intake I bought a juicer machine. The combinations of fruit and vegetable drinks available are astonishing and I thought that nothing available on the juice drinks market offered a more delcious blend or one that could provide an extra health boost better than I could whizz up on my own. That was until I discovered this V8 juice. I'd actually heard of V8 before but I had never wanted to try it. To me it was a drink that very health-conscious people might drink. I thought the health benefits might mean the taste was sacrificed but I was quite wrong.
This drink is made from 100% fruit and carrot juice and is branded as being 'Tropical' flavour. All juices in the drink are derived from concentrate. They are listed in order of quantity: Apple (38%), Carrot (27%), Orange (14%), Pear, Pineapple (8%), Passion Fruit (2.5%), White Grape and Banana. The term 'natural flavourings' is also listed in the ingredients as is citric acid and ascorbic acid. There is no added sugar and the drink is naturally low in fat - an easy read guide on the front of the 1 litre sized carton shows that one glass (150ml) provides only 53 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. It is suitable for vegetarians and has an official stamp to prove it. It offers plenty of vitamins and is especially rich in beta carotene, a source of vitamin A which can aid better vision.
The juice is bright russet orange in colour and has a slightly powdery look to it - almost as though there is a soluble aspirin in it! I think that this is just residue from the carrot juice, which tends to look cloudy. It has no froth or surface bubbles though and the strong colour means it can look quite exotic if served in a transparent glass!
The juice has a very strong, gorgeous smell. It's like you are instantly transported onto a tropical island or an orchard in summertime when you get a whiff of this! It's very appealling and mouth watering.
The taste of the juice is surprisingly sweet and less carrot-heavy than you might imagine. To me, the more exotic flavours of passion fruit and grape are definately some of the stronger flavours. It is never TOO sweet and sickly though, since the earthy carrot flavour counterbalances the more sugary fruits. The taste reminds me a lot of the drink called Umbongo that used to be a favourite of kids in the 1980's. It's got that cocktail-style flavour and can be served as a serious adult juice as well as being so tasty that all kids will go bananas for it! It is refreshing and thirst quenching.
You'll find V8 in the long-life drinks section of your supermarket as opposed to the chilled drinks section. The carton needs to be refridgerated after opening. It has a screw top on the flat top of the carton - this tends to make pouring a bit diffficult so go slowly. If spilt the juice stains and can suck out the colour of clothes. You should drink the juice within 4 days of opening.
I thoroughly reccommend trying V8 Tropical juice. It is definately my favourite juice drink on the market. V8 makes my juicer machine obsolete!
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Cambell,s V8 100% Vegetable Juice.
This product was brought to my attention whilst scanning a diet and slim ming site, it was used as an ingredient of a home made soup, and I had never heard of it. and although I never did use it in soup recipe, after I had found it on the shelves in Asda, I thought it was a delicious way to get some goodness on a daily basis.
The ingredients of V8 original, are all vegetable based, with tomato at 87%being the main one, it also contains, carrot, celery and beetroot, parsley lettuce, and watercress also spinach with added spice extracts and salt.
Of course, the main taste is of tomato, but there,s something distinctly different about it. and maybe the ingredients dont appeal to everyone but if you like a savoury taste, this might be for you. Personally I love the taste and the fact that this great product also gives me one of my 5 a day, if I was to say anything against it then probably its the salt content, which comes in at 15% RDA
V8 Comes in strong cartoned 1lt packs, at a price of around £1.30 although we often find its on a good offer, and sometimes, its B.O.G.O.F, which is great because the juice has a long life and can be kept for months, we always have a small 150ml glass every day and straight from the fridge, its gorgeous.
As the carton says, its packed with beta-carotene, and a good source of vitamin A, but quite honestly, its hard to believe something so good for you can taste so b..r...i..l..l..i...a..n..t.
A delicious blend of 8 fruit & vegetable juices from concentrate including orange, pineapple, passionfruit, banana & carrot.