I say: You could have had a vegetable! *face palm myself in the head*
There are lots of companies out there I could wag my finger at for doing this:
Why eat your fruits and vegetables when you can drink them!?
Well let's start with what these juices have.
Many of them brag they have over 2 servings of your fruits and vegetables in just one serving. True, they may have used two or more servings of vegetables to make this drink, but how much actually makes it in?
Here is the ingredients list on the back of V8 100% vegetable juice
Ingredients: Tomato juice from Concentrate (Water, Tomato Concentrate), Reconstituted Vegetable Juice Blend (Water and Concentrated Juices of Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach), Salt, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Flavoring, Citric Acid.
Minus the salt and artificial flavors not bad right? Maybe, but keep in mind that during the processing of this juice they have to pasturize it, killing off a whole bunch of the potential vitamins and nutrients from those vegetables.
The one thing these liquid veggies are missing that makes real vegetables so much better is fibre. They have to take it all out, otherwise you'd be sucking back veggie sludge (yum!). The fibre is key to healthy eating:
1) because many of the nutrients we get from vegetables are embedded into it
2) because it's what helps us feel full
3) It helps keep blood sugars and cholesterol lower
Vegetables are great because they are loaded with fibre which fills us up without filling us out. How filling is a glass of garden cocktail versus a huge salad?
And let's not forget the 480mg of salt per serving as well (some cocktails will have as much as 650mg depending on the brand!)
Salt in the plain veggies? Not so much.
See my point? So if you think you can drink your vegetables please take the palm of your hand and forcefully strike yourself in the forehead...it'll do you as much good as the juice.