The Skinny on V8 Fusion

February 6, 2008 · 9 comments

V8 Fusion Vegetable Fruit drink 

I’ve posted a couple of times this month on V8, the tasty vegetable juice.  I take mine Spicy, which is loaded with taste.  But as it turns out, it’s also loaded with salt.

A number of you suggested I try V8 Fusion.  I tasted V8 Splash a few years ago and didn’t like it but I was willing to give another go to a V8 product, so I procured a couple of large bottles for a taste test.

For this test I sampled both a regular Fusion and a Fusion Light - Peach Mango flavor for both.  For taste, they are both really good.  In fact, I really, really liked both of them and would highly recommend if you are looking for something to drink that you check this line of products out.  I could barely tell the difference with the Light version, and if I were to buy this again that is the one I would get. 

Here are the numbers for all 3 V8s I drank:
per 8oz serving

Flavor Calories Sodium Carbohydrates
Spicy V8 50 620mg 10g
V8 Fusion 120 70mg 28g
V8 Fusion Light 50 40mg 13g

So based on the fact I really like the V8 Fusion Light and the calories are the same as Spicy V8 with a lot less salt, that is what I am switching to, right?

Nope.  I’m sticking with Spicy V8.  The truth of the matter is that the Fusion drinks are too damn tasty and easy to drink.  When I start my day with a 12oz glass of V8 (notice that is 50% bigger than the calculations used above) that’s usually it for me - while I love the taste, there is only so much thick tomato based juice a guy can drink.  I will occasionally have another glass later in the day but that is not often.

With the Fusion drinks, I found myself wanting more.  And because they quenched my thirst so well I would often drink some of it instead of water, when all I really needed was to hydrate.  I went through those two large bottles in record time.

So despite having a tasty low-sodium alternative, I am sticking with Spicy V8 because it’s good, but not too good.

If you aren’t weird like me you might want to go with the Fusion Light.  I recommend it.

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Diana the Scale Junkie February 6, 2008 at 8:51 am

I try not to drink my calories but I do enjoy low sodium V8 with freshly ground black pepper and a dash of hot sauce occasionally.

Frugal Dad February 6, 2008 at 8:56 am

Thanks…now I’m in the mood for some V-8! I imagine if you keep well-hydrated you can flush out a good bit of that sodium, and since you aren’t drinking it all day it isn’t that significant.

Matt Ellsworth February 6, 2008 at 9:21 am

good things to think about. I agree that the fusion ones are super easy to drink way too much of.

Lady Rose February 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

Good to know what tempts you so you don’t over do it. That’s why I gave up diet soda and crystal light - I can’t stick to just one glass, so best to not have it and stick with water. Have you tried the lower sodium version of V8? — I haven’t checked the labels in awhile, so not sure how it compares. But if the sodium is lower you can always spice it up yourself with some hot sauce, garlic powder, or onion powder or what ever herbs and spices you like.

IAAdmin February 6, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Personally, I’m not a V8 drinker. I love cranberry juice, so I usually start my day with either the low calorie one or better yet, the 5 calorie one. They’re great…………………..:)

Daissy February 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I start to avoid any high calorie food and drink…I think water is the best. But, I also drink diet milk which is low fat twice a day and stop eating rice.

Misha February 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Excellent breakdown of the products and the reasoning behind your choice. Yeah, it doesn’t matter is something is low calorie if it makes you want to eat/drink it 10 times a day. Great post.

Chris Schaffer February 11, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Great post on the products!

I personally don’t like regular V8 much at all, so Fusion is a great drink for me. This post also reminded me that I need to buy some again, it’s been quite awhile since I was regularly drinking it.

MamaBearJune February 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I like the V-8 low sodium, too. And the fusion light. I do limit it to 1 glass a day and usually drink tons of water. What I noticed with the V-8 Splash is the high content of High Fructose Corn Syrup - not good! The Abs Diet has some really good info on HFCS and other stuff.

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