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Is Canned Vegetable Juice Nutritious?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,

Ask the Diva: Is Canned Vegetable Juice Nutritious?

Q. The ad for V8 claims that it provides 2 servings of vegetables. What do you think of the nutritional value of canned vegetable juice? 

A. Compared to what? Compared to a big salad, a can of V8 doesn’t stack up very well. Compared to a Coke, it’s a nutritional bonanza!  Seriously, canned vegetable juice is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you can reduce many cups of vegetables into a single cup of juice, allowing you to consume several servings of vegetables in a single glass. On the other hand, a lot of nutrients, particularly the antioxidants, are lost in the processing. Canned vegetables juices also tend to be very high in sodium.

I think canned vegetable juice is fine as a way to get an extra serving or two of vegetables, but ideally it shouldn’t replace fresh vegetables in your diet. Vegetable juice can also be a good alternative to sugary drinks or fatty snacks.

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