Some ingredients found in V8 juice include concentrated vegetable juices of carrots, tomatoes, beets, celery and lettuce. The juice also contains parsley, spinach, watercress, flavoring and citric acid, as well as vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Water is then added to reconstitute the vegetable concentrate.
The original V8 juice ingredients are vegetable concentrates. Tomato juice makes up nearly 87 percent of the total juice, and water is the top addition. Flavorings are added because the juice concentrates tend to lose flavor during the preparation process.
A glass of V8 contains 480 more milligrams of sodium than the maximum recommended daily amount because of the presence of citric acid, which is a known preservative. Ascorbic acid is added to replace the vitamin C that's lost when vegetables are exposed to oxygen. V8 contains 150 percent of the recommendation for vitamin C.
Campbell's, which makes V8 juice, has confirmed the rumor that V8 may contain animal parts in the flavoring ingredient, which may also have hidden MSG in it, which is known to increase cravings and addiction.
Make homemade V8 juice using the same but fresh ingredients for a healthier alternative. Juice or blend all the vegetable ingredients, and drink it like a gazpacho, or strain the juice before drinking.