If you don’t want to eat your fruits and vegetables, now you can drink them. V-Fusion, is one of the latest fortified “health” beverages to hit supermarket shelves. The manufacturer claims t an 8-ounce serving “gives you a full serving of vegetables plus a full serving of fruit.” It’s touted as a blend of vegetables and fruit which sets it apart from its veggie-only brother, V8 juice.
I am not usually one to believe everything I hear in advertisements, but with a son who thinks the word vegetable is a four letter word and never says ‘no’ to a sweetened beverage, I thought I’d take a closer look.
Ilaria St. Florian, RD-Mom Reviewer at AppforHealth.com
In terms of taste, V-Fusion is sweet enough for kids, tastes more like a fruit than a vegetable and comes in many flavors and three varieties including Regular, Light and Plus Tea which includes a shot of green tea extract (and caffeine). The Light and Tea versions both list “water” as their first ingredient and in fact taste lighter and crisper than the Regular version, however they both contain only one combined serving of vegetables and fruit, not two.
Does V-Fusion live up to its health claims?
The label states that an 8-oz serving contains ½ cup of vegetables and ½ cup of fruit, which is the equivalent to one serving each, per USDA.
It’s made of 100% fruit and vegetables juices but not freshly squeezed as one may infer (it is after all sold in the non-refrigerated aisle). Instead, it is made of “reconstituted” juices, which is another way of saying juice concentrate. Plus there is added water, no added sugars and vitamins C and E which allows the manufacturer to put an “antioxidant” label on the packaging.
But watch out because healthy doesn’t equal low calorie. Eight ounces of V-Fusion contains 100 – 120 calories, plus sodium and natural sugars.
I certainly believe in getting your fruits and vegetables from the real thing and not a fortified drink. However, if you or your kids are craving a sweetened beverage that has fewer calories and more nutrients than a soda or fruit punch, V-Fusion is not a bad choice, especially the Light and Tea versions which are lower in calories (50–80 calories per serving), due to higher water content and added Sucralose, the same artificial sweetener found in Splenda.
V8 V-Fusion + Tea comes in Raspberry Green Tea, Pineapple Mango Green Tea, and Pomegranate Green Tea.
V8 V-Fusion Light comes in Concord Grape Raspberry Light, Cranberry Blackberry Light, Açai Mixed Berry Light, Strawberry Banana Light, Peach Mango Light, and Pomegranate Blueberry Light.