“ Manufacturer: Campbells / Type: Juice „
I came across this stuff about 8 years ago on a Garuda flight to Singapore, and didn't know what it was. I had assumed that it was a freshly made oriental speciality. I loved it so much that I spent seven years trying to recreate it in my own kitchen without even getting close!
Now I know that its Campbells V8, my life is much simpler :)
I am such a fan of this - I drink loads of it. This is a really tasty juice, particularly suitable for breakfast, or for use as a cooler on hot summer days. I have just had a chilled bowl for lunch with some bread, in place of my usual hot weather favourite of cooled Spanish Gazpatcho soup - it really goes down well in hot weather.
It mixes well. I mix mine with soda water on hot days. It can also be used as a base for alcoholic cocktails, such as the 'Bloody 8' (a bloody mary of vodka and tomato juice, but with V8 substituting for the tomato juice)
It is thinner than tomato juice, so your dishwasher will have no problems cleaning your glass after use. (Hurrah)
An unopened carton has a long shelf life. They say it should be refridgerated after opening and consumed within a few days - but mine never goes unconsumed after a couple of hours!
Its major taste is that of tomato, but with some subtleties. There is a light 'top note' of celery, and a hardly perceptible bottom note of 'root vegetable, but the blending of the ingredients is so well done that the other individual ingredients cannot be tasted as what they are. In other words, I can tell that it contains tomato, with a touch of celery - but couldnt imagine what the other ingredients were.
Its called V8 because of the 8 vegetables it contains:
Tomato (87%), with beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, and spinach.
Compared to orange or tomato juice which can be bought for 70-90p a litre, its price of £1.30 - £1.50 (or more) looks a bit pricey, especially since it also contains some cheaper ingredients. I suppose that we are paying for the blending.
From its ingredients, it is a fine way of getting more vegetables into the diet. The variety of veg used gives a wide spread of vitamins and minerals, and you're on your way to your '5 a day'
And its only 16 calories per 100 grammes !
SALT - this is the bad news. The salt content is quite high - 263 mg per 100 grammes. I do wish manufacturers would use less salt - users can always add salt, but they can't take it out! The good news is that there is a low salt version of V8, but I have never seen it on UK supermarket shelves.
Worldwide, there is a range of other versions, but some are unavailable, or very difficult to find in the UK. These include: Original, Spicy Hot (my favourite!, - but normally I just add hot cajun sauce to regular 'original' V8) , Lemon, Picante, Low-Sodium, and Organic.
V8 also does a V8 100% Fruit & Vegetable Juice, combining vegetable juice with fruit juices. These are of different varieties, based on different fruits. Again, they are comparatively difficult to find on UK supermarket shelves, but could prove to be a winner with your kids if you can find them. I have seen a pomegranate and cranberry version in Tescos.
As I've stated previously I absolutely cannot stand the taste and texture of most fruits and vegetables and in my quest to become more healthy I have come across V8 vegetable juice.
This juice contains 100 per cent vegetables the majority of it being tomato at 87% but also carrot, celery, beetroot, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach. It's not as natural as the manufacturers would have you believe as it also contains salt and spice extracts for flavour. Not too bad but a small glass des contain nearly a gram of salt so those restricting salt in their diet need to be aware of this.
One small glass contains approximately one of your recommended 5 a day and is a much easier and enjoyable way of doing this than munching your way through a plate of green beans.
When I read it contained lettuce and watercress mixed with carrots and tomatoes I was dreading tasting it but I was pleasantly surprised. When you pour it into the glass it is a rich deep red colour and actually looks appetizing and as for taste this is where I was most shocked I was expecting to have to knock it back really quickly so I wouldn't taste it but its surprisingly tasty and I've actually come to enjoy having a glass when I'm feeling peckish. You can definitely taste the tomato in it but I can't really taste any of the other vegetables it contains which is fine by me as I actually like tomatoes. It has a spicy flavour that really comes through and reminds me of a bloody Mary minus the vodka obviously 
The consistency is actually like a juice but it's not watery but thick and probably about the same consistency of tomato juice.
The good news is if you are on a diet you can enjoy this juice without any guilt as it only contains 19 calories per 100ml and it does fill you up. A large glass fills me up as much as a bowl of soup does so afterwards I don't really feel the need to snack for a couple of hours.
The price is really reasonable too, for a litre carton in tesco it is only one pound which is much cheaper than say innocent smoothies and will last months in your cupboard before it goes off but once opened it needs to be drunk within a few days. I can definitely recommend this to anyone looking to try and improve their 5 a day but it's such a tasty juice I can also recommend it to anyone who is just looking for a tasty savoury drink.
Not being a big fan of fruit, I tend to get most of my 5-a-day by eating vegetables. This can get a bit tedious- aside from eating veg in cooking, it's a bit of a chore to crunch your way through a load of cucumber and celery sticks to reach the elusive 5. Which is where this V8 juice comes in.
Manufactured by Campbell (the soup people), this juice is available in several different varieties, but having tried the others, this 100% Vegetable Juice is my clear favourite. It's marketed as 'a delicious blend of 8 vegetable juices, packed with beta carotene, a good source of vitamin A'. So far, so good.
Onto the 8- the vegetables that have obligingly contributed their juices are: tomato (87%), carrot, celery, beetroot, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach. I was a bit surprised the first time I read this list- I'd never really thought of juicing watercress or parsley before! But it certainly sounded like an intriguing blend. Added to the juices are salt and spice extracts, so this isn't, strictly speaking, pure vegetable juice. But at least all the ingredients are natural, and there's no added sugar.
The tall, 1L carton comes with a red screw cap and is recyclable. Unlike fresh juices, this carton has a very long shelf life- usually at least 8 months. But once it's opened, it only lasts for 4 days in the fridge.
The juice itself is red in colour, as you'd expect from the high tomato content. Its consistency is fairly thin, but not watery- about halfway between a fruit juice and a smoothie, I'd say. I was surprised to read on the back that this is a 'wholesome source of fibre'- being juice, I'm a bit dubious about this claim. Still, it's certainly got some thickness to it, so maybe it is a bit better on the fibre front than standard juice.
Unsurprisingly, the primary taste of this juice is tomato, but it's made a lot more interesting by the other ingredients. There's a definite hint of celery in there, but overall, the vegetable flavours just blend together to make something that's unique, and far more interesting for your tastebuds than the individual flavours would be. The combination seems to bring out the best in each of the ingredients, and the overall result is a juice that's packed with flavour which will keep your tastebuds satisfied. I always find that a bland snack leaves me craving unhealthy, strong flavoured foods, but the natural tastes in this drink are enough to keep those junk food cravings at bay.
Perhaps one of the reasons this tastes so good is the fact that it contains salt. A 150ml glass contains 0.9g of salt, or 15% of your RDA. That's the downside to this drink, but I'm glad to say that in all other respects this is a guilt free option. There are only 29 calories per glass, not bad for such a tasty snack that also provides you with 1 of your 5-a-day. A small glass is also surprisingly filling, so it's a healthy way of staving off hunger.
At around £1.30 for a carton of this, it's pretty good value, and something that I'm happy to buy as part of my regular food shop. It's very rare to find something that's so tasty and filling with so few calories in it, so it's definitely a worthwhile buy.