We all know about 5-a-day and that we all should have five portions of fruit and vegetables a day (though the recent research moves the goalpost to seven). Yet apparently 70% of UK adults eat less than five portions (according to The National Diet and Nutrition Survey published last week). It is possible that people are confused about portions, but also many brands don't make it easy to understand just what exactly one serving is supposed to be. Just the other day I was reading in The Guardian that at M&S three tomatoes are equal to one portion of veg, while Asda says it's seven tomatoes, and Waitrose wants you to eat 10. Are you confused? New V8 V-Fusion, on the other hand, clearly states that one serving of 250ml is an equivalent of one whole serving of fruit and one whole serving of vegetables, which takes us to 2 of our 5-a-day. Not bad at all.
"New V8 V-Fusion is a great tasting way to get two of your five-a-day. Most people know that vegetables are an integral part of a healthy diet, yet 7 out of 10 adults still fail to consume the recommended daily serving.
Proving that ‘being good’ doesn’t have to taste bad, V8 V-Fusion is made from 100% fruit and vegetable juice. Just one tasty, 250 ml serving gives you one whole serving of fruit and one whole serving of vegetables; that’s 2 of your 5-a-day. Blended to perfection with no artificial flavours, colours, preservatives or additives, V8 V-Fusion prides itself on its scrumptious taste and inspired fruit and vegetable flavour combinations. It also provides an excellent source of Vitamin C."
We have recently tried V8 V-Fusion Raspberry & Beetroot juice. It is a sweet refreshing drink which my boys enjoyed.
Beetroot is a much maligned and understated vegetable in this country. Most of it is sold as pickled and tasting of nothing but vinegar. Yet it is such a versatile and tasty vegetable, and it's full of vitamins and minerals and also packed full of antioxidants.
It is a great ingredient in juice. On its own, it might be an acquired, rather earthy taste. But mixed with apples, carrots or/and berries, it adds a glorious colour and wonderful taste.
V8 V-Fusion Passion Fruit, Mango & Carrot and V8 V-Fusion Raspberry & Beetroot 750ml cartons can be found in the ambient aisles at Tesco and Waitrose, rrp £1.89.
Disclosure: I received a carton of V-Fusion for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.