V8 Energy Drink Review

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If you’re looking for an energy source that can give you energy, convenience, a sweet flavor, and health benefits, you may have come to the right place. The V8+ Energy Drink is 8 ounces of blueberry pomegranate delight. In each can, you will find a whole serving of fruits and vegetables, naturally occurring caffeine, no added sugars, no artificial coloring, and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The sweetener used in this making of this energy drink is sucralose. The drink is a great source of B Vitamins and is gluten-free. There are 50 calories in each can. The effect this amount of calories will have on your meal plan depends entirely on your caloric intake goal for the day. For most people, there is room for a 50 calorie energy drink in their day.

The 80mg of caffeine in this drink comes from black and green tea extract. People who try this drink either love the taste or think it tastes awful. That’s all about personal preference. The label is a little confusing because it claims no added sugars but contains sucralose. The sucralose comes from the fruit juices and there is only 10mg of it in each can.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Fruits & Veggies

Gluten-Free

Natural Energy

B Vitamins

Low Sugar Content

Cons

Some Say Tastes Like Medicine

Misleading Sugar Label

Fruits & Veggies

In each can of this energy drink you will consume 1 full serving of fruits and vegetables, thanks to the juices used to make it. On average, you should be trying to consume, at the very least, 4 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. They are an important part of any healthy diet for many reasons. They’re good for you, naturally, and have many minerals and vitamins that you need to help keep you in good health and protect you from some diseases.

Some of these vitamins and minerals include Vitamin A (AKA beta-carotene), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, folic acid, and phosphorous. Folic acid reduces the level of homocysteine found in your blood. This is a substance that poses a risk for coronary heart disease.

You won’t consume a ton of sugar, salt, or fat when you’re eating fruits and veggies (unless you add those contents). Fruits and veggies are a great source of fiber, which is important to your digestive system. Eating enough fruits and veggies can help you avoid or counteract obesity as well as helping you to maintain a healthy weight once you’ve achieved it. They can help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, too.

Plant chemicals, also known as phytochemicals, are found in fruits and vegetables. These substances help to protect you from certain diseases. You can lower your risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. There are other sources of energy, vitamins, and minerals you can look into.

B Vitamins

This energy drink contains Vitamins B3, B6, and B12. Each has its own benefits and downfalls. Firstly, B3, also known as niacin, is an important nutrient that helps your body to function as it should. It has the ability to lower cholesterol levels, ease arthritis pain, and even boost the functioning of the brain.

However, if you consume too much Vitamin B3, you could experience some side effects from “niacin flush”. This flush can appear on your chest, neck, and/or face. The flushing occurs because niacin dilates your blood vessels. Along with the red appearance, you could experience tingling, burning, and/or pain.

Next is Vitamin B6, which is also known as pyridoxine. This vitamin is essential for many bodily functions. It helps to optimize your body’s ability to metabolize fat, carbs, and protein. It also helps your body to create red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, Vitamin B6 doesn’t occur naturally. Fortunately, we can consume it in our diet from other sources.

Vitamin B12 is the final vitamin contained in this energy drink. It is beneficial for your health for many reasons. It keeps your nerve cells and blood cells healthy and aids in producing DNA. It can help prevent anemia (a lack of red blood cells). Vitamin B12 can improve mental clarity, reduce fatigue, boost energy, balance out moods, and reduce stress. It can be found in many energy sources.

Sucralose

The V8 +Energy Drink is sweetened with sucralose. There is 10g of it contained in each drink. It is an alternative to regular table sugar (sucrose). It gained popularity in 1999 and has become so popular that it’s used in over 4500 different products. It does not contain any calories and your body doesn’t fully absorb it.

Sucralose poses no risk of carcinogenic, neurological, or reproductive issues. However, you should only consume 5mg of sucralose per each kg of body weight per day. Simply take your weight and divide it by 2.2. Take that result and multiply it by 5. That is how many mg of sucralose you should be consuming.

Sucralose is not a naturally occurring sweetener. Some people confuse it with sucrose, which is regular table sugar. If you’re avoiding table sugar, pay attention to the food labels. The downfall that comes from sucralose is that it contains small amounts of chlorine. It’s a carcinogen that’s found in some pesticides, plastics, poisonous gases, and disinfectants.

If you’re taking any medications, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional before changing what kind of sugar you’re consuming. Sucralose has shown to affect the ability of certain medications to do what they’re created to do. This could pose a risk to your health.

Calories

For those on restricted diets or those who are simply paying attention to their daily caloric intake, you’ll be happy to know that each can of these energy drinks only contains 50 calories. When it is part of a balanced diet, this drink won’t have a huge effect on your weight. One can is only 0.025% of the daily recommended intake (according to a 2000 calorie diet).

Lowering your calorie consumption is typically a good thing, especially if you love snacking. However, if you restrict your intake too much, you could be hurting your body and your overall health. If you’re not consuming enough, you will make yourself more fatigued and have less energy to make it through your day. So, while it’s a good thing that these drinks have few calories, you need to be sure you’re consuming calories throughout the rest of your day.

Caution

While the V8 +Energy Drink may be mostly healthy for you, there are a few warnings to be aware of. Do not allow children to consume this drink simply because of the caffeine content. Do not consume this product if you are pregnant, or if you are currently breastfeeding a baby. You should also avoid this drink if you have any sensitivity to caffeine.

If you consume too many of these drinks in one day, you may exceed the amount of caffeine you’re supposed to consume in order to be safe. When you get too much caffeine, you can cause yourself some serious health risks and sleep issues. Caffeine may be able to help reduce fatigue and improve mental clarity, but it can also do exactly the opposite if you overload yourself and end up losing sleep.

Gluten-Free

Gluten intolerance has been around for a long time. The reason it seems like a new issue is because we weren’t able to put a finger on the cause of certain symptoms caused by certain foods. Studies showed that those who are sensitive to wheat, rye, and barley, are most likely sensitive to the gluten that is in them. When those people chose foods without gluten, their symptoms lessened or disappeared.

In the most advanced cases, gluten intolerance can turn into Celiac Disease. This is an autoimmune disease which has affected 1% of the population. It causes damage to the digestive system. People who suffer from this disease often have foul-smelling and pale-colored feces.

One of the most tell-tale signs of gluten intolerance is a swollen/bloated stomach after eating. Bloating can happen for many reasons, but if you’re wondering whether or not you have an intolerance to gluten, it would be a good idea to pay attention to when you’re bloating and what you’re eating before it occurs.

Gluten intolerance can cause migraines, extreme fatigue, joint and muscle pain, tingling/numbness in arms and legs, brain fog, dermatitis, anxiety, depression, and even weight loss. Those with Celiac Disease are at risk of developing anemia because the body can’t absorb iron the way it’s supposed to. There are other gluten-free energy sources to choose from.

Ingredients

The ingredients in the V8 +Energy Drink are kept simple because they should be. This drink isn’t loaded with unnecessary ingredients. It contains pure water, blended vegetable juice from purple carrots, carrots, and sweet potatoes, fruit juice from apples, pomegranates, and blueberries, natural flavor, citric and malic acid, green tea caffeine and healthy black tea, sucralose for a sweet taste, health-giving Vitamin C, Vital B3, B6 Vitamin and Vitamin health-boosting B12.

Natural Energy

There are 80mg of caffeine in this energy drink. The caffeine comes from naturally occurring black tea and green tea extracts. The benefits of black tea include improved mental clarity, increased focus and information retention, lowered fatigue, a stimulated metabolism, and normalized activity of your heart. It can also prevent cataracts.

On the other hand, black tea extract can cause varicose veins, slow down digestion, tinnitus, constipation, heart palpitations, insomnia, and fatigue. If you mix it with water that contains fluoride, it could be dangerous to your health.

The green tea extract has antioxidants that help your body lower blood pressure levels and blood fat levels. These actions will help keep your heart healthy. Green tea can also be great for brain health. It can help you to retain information as well as protecting your brain from certain diseases. Green tea can help your body to burn more calories too.

On the other hand, green tea extract has been linked to liver damage and failure. It has also caused abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation. In a day’s time, you should only consume between 300 and 400mg of caffeine. Consult your doctor before suddenly changing your consumption. There is another option for clean energy.

Carbs

This energy drink has 12 grams of carbs. While there are energy drinks with fewer carbs, this one is still suitable for low-carb and keto diets. One of the main reasons people are drawn to this diet (besides the obvious weight loss assistance) is because it can lower insulin levels. Insulin is naturally made by your body and it helps your body digest glucose.

When you lower your insulin levels, your body starts to get its energy by burning up stored fat. When you begin to burn this fat, it can lead you to lose weight. However, you don’t want to burn too much of your stored fat. Without it, you could end up developing gallstones.

If you are diabetic, you’ll want to steer clear of diets that influence your insulin levels. When you can’t control your insulin, you can end up with many side effects that aren’t necessary. According to the dietary guidelines, you’re supposed to allow carbs to take up between 45 and 65% of your daily caloric intake. For those on a typical 2000 calorie diet, it is recommended that you consume between 225 and 325 grams of carbs a day. However, if you’re looking to lose weight, you’ll have better luck when you keep your consumption between 50 and 150 grams.

Nutrition Facts

This energy drink is simply made with simple ingredients. The nutrition you receive from these ingredients is beneficial to your health. There are just 60mg of sodium. The recommended intake for an entire day is 1500mg - 2300mg. There are 140mg of potassium, which is 2% of the daily recommended intake. There are 10mg of Vitamin C (10% DRI), 0.34mg of Vitamin B6 (20% DRI), and 0.48mg of Vitamin B12 (20% DRI).

Verdict

While some customers were very impressed by the flavor of this drink, there were also some who were disappointed. The important thing to remember about any V8 drink is that it’s got ingredients from both fruits and vegetables. If you love the taste of fruit, but hate vegetables, a V8 +Energy Drink might not be the right fit for you. It is a common complaint that this drink does taste similar to cough syrup.

The label makes it seem that there are not any added sugars in this drink. However, there is sucralose, which is not a naturally occurring sweetener. While it is an unnatural sweetener, there isn’t a lot of it included in the drink. Some people like to mix this energy drink with alcoholic beverages.

Bottom Line

If you're trying to have a more balanced diet, lose weight, get an energy boost, or have something great-tasting for your lunch break, this may be the drink you're looking for. It is just 8 ounces, which means it can be consumed quickly. It only has 50 calories, 10g of sucralose, 80mg of caffeine (from black and green tea extracts), and 12g of carbs.

The V8 +Energy Drink has Vitamins B6 and B12, Vitamin C, and potassium. There is 60mg of sodium as well. This energy drink is gluten-free, which is great news for many people. This energy drink comes at a very competitive, affordable price. It has a lot more good reviews than bad reviews, so we think it's worth a try.