If you enjoy the benefits of vegetables but don’t eat a lot you are in luck. V8 vegetable juice was created by Chicago native Frank Constable. He was employed as a contractor for the W.G. Peacock, company who founded the New England Products Company. This was the manufacturer for the brand name Vege-min, which sold individual vegetable drinks. Mr. Constable began blending his own formula and added spices including dill to his juices. It is Frank Constables concoction of the liquid from eight vegetables that V8 lovers enjoy today. Constable gave the name a double meaning as it refers to the V8 engine which is most powerful and also stands for eight vegetable juices in the tasty drink. The Campbell Soup Company did not acquire the brand until 1948 when they purchased it from the Charles Loudon Packing Company. Campbells has continued for over 60 years, to provide this delicious alternative juice beverage.
There are only 45 calories in an eight ounce glass of V8 vegetable juice. Each eight-ounces counts as two daily servings of fruits and veggies. This product is mostly tomato puree, but also contains the juice from parsley, spinach, lettuce, watercress, beets, carrots, and celery. The label on the back of a container of the original product indicates that each eight ounces has 4% RDA for dietary fiber, 20% Vitamin A, 80% Vitamin C, 2% iron, 10% potassium and 2% calcium.
I began drinking V8 in 1980 and found it an easy way to obtain a few servings of veggies. Drinking this juice added to the fruits and vegetables that I was consuming each day. I have also found this product to be beneficial for my health in other ways. On more than none occasion, perhaps six or seven, my blood pressure spiked for no particular reason. After drinking V8 juice it began to come down. This is because of the celery having potassium which regulates blood pressure whether it is high or low.
Once I was dieting and drank about 10 glasses of water when using pills that were diuretics. One afternoon everything became fuzzy and I felt I was blacking out, I got on my knees and crawled down the hall and pulled myself up on the living room love seat. I checked my BP and it had dropped to 90/55. I asked my son to bring me a can of V8 and a banana. Almost immediately after drinking the juice, I checked my pressure again and it was 100/59 and from that point, it continued to climb.
The bottom line on V8
One of the issues that detractors have with V8 is that it is not 100% pure vegetable juice. For this reason, it has so little fiber. Raw Veggie's that are processed in a juicer retain much more of their nutritional value. Livestrong reports that fusion brands of the vegetable drink have been shown to cause loose stools but found no problems with the original product. They do indicate that anyone dealing with acid reflux may want to use caution in the amount of this juice they drink. Those who have been diagnosed with hypertension should consider the low sodium brand., because of the salt in the original V8. Overall, there really is no reason not to drink V8 juice, if you find you cannot consume the recommended daily allowance of veggies and fruits.
My husband is type 2 diabetic and he drinks V8 to make sure he gets enough servings of veggies and fruits. We both know that processed juice is no substitute for raw foods, but V8 juice is delicious and nutritious and that is the bottom line. Someone may say make your own veggie juice but some people are simply too busy or don't want to deal with the time and effort. Not everyone is going to be able to eat eight or nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. V8 tastes great, can, boost energy is a reasonable veggie substitute that is low calorie and high in health benefits.
Be creative with V8
Drinking V8 from the can or from a bottle that has been refrigerated is fin, but there are other ways to enjoy this nutritious drink. Add the Campells vegetable drink to vegetable soup to up your veggie intake for the day. Make your own homemade vegetable soup replacing the tomato sauce with V8. Click on this line to find recipes with other foods where V8 can be used. There are also alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drinks where V8 can be utilized. If you want you can even try your hand at your own brand of homemade vegetable juice. The accompanying video can help get you started.
Keep in mind the television commercial from 1977 where people would slap themselves on the forehead and say: "I should've had a V8." The announcer's words ring true forty-two years later. The best time to have a V8 is before you've had something else. You ca order Campbell's popular vegetable juice online or purchase it in most every convenience or grocery store. It conveniently comes in single cans, six packs, a 32 oz an 64oz glass or plastic containers.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 16, 2019:
Thanks for giving us the facts on V8 and for sharing how it helped you. Nutritious and delicious is a great combination.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 11, 2019:
I remember those old commercials. I use to drink V8, but I haven't for a while. I like it and guess I just haven't thought about it lately. I enjoyed your article and learned a lot about the beginning of V8 and the nutritional value.