You should have had that V8..

I should have had a V8, really? Okay, well I had one today, hurrah for my health. Let’s read the label.

“The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that
* Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
* Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
* Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.”

Oh, did that just say low in salt and added sugars? Bummer. V8’s have 690mg of sodium, that’s 29% of the daily recommended amount, and 11g of sugar, well, added sugar. (what’s that?) Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those that occur in milk and fruits.

Let’s run with that. How much sodium occurs naturally in fruits and veggies combined? About 14%, so a V8 has 15% more than you need, but c’mon, that may not be fair. I mean, it’s not like you can live on V8’s, have 3 of em and be done with your daily salt intake.

For me, a 2200 calorie diet allows for 290 ‘discretionary calories’ – looking just at sugars, thats 12 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 56 grams. So if I drank 5 V8’s I would be done with sugars for the day. Is that so bad? It doesn’t sound so bad. But let’s compare that to what we got, 2 full servings of vegetables. I could have sworn the commercials said something about a serving of fruit, but there’s no fruit in a standard V8. Anyway, 1 cup of veggies, or 2 servings, is only half of what I need for my daily requirement. That also allows me 40g (or 10 tsp) of sugar per day.

In summary, would having 2 V8’s a day be good for me? I wonder if I really should have had that after all. Even with just drinking one of them, my tongue is burning from the amount of salt I just consumed, that can’t be good.

What is good? Well 60% of vitamin A, 170% of Vitamin C, 4% of Calcium, 4% of Iron, and 670mg of Potassium, which is 19%. 0 fats or trans fats. Yeah, that’s alot more than what I’d get if I had a can of soda or a bottle of water, though, the water would probably do me the best good.

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