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Is V8 Splash Good for You? We've Got the Scoop!

Have you tried V8 Splash yet? With dozens of V8 juice drinks—from the original V8 vegetable juice to veggie and fruit juice blends and even energy drinks—on the market, chances are you have. But do you know what you're drinking? After all, a lot of fruit and vegetable blends claim to be healthy, and the V8 Splash line of products is no different. But is V8 Splash good for you? Let's find out.

What Is V8 Splash?

V8 Splash is a line of fruit and vegetable juice blends put out by the Campbell Soup Company—yes, that's the same company that's been extolling the virtues of tomato soup and grilled cheese for decades.

There are 15 different varieties of V8 Splash:

Strawberry banana Tropical colada
Diet berry blend Diet tropical blend
Tropical blend Berry blend
Strawberry kiwi Fruit medley
Mango peach Cherry pomegranate
Orange pineapple Blue raspberry
Island strawberry Watermelon cherry
Strawberry lemonade  


All are advertised as "refreshing" and touted for their antioxidant, B vitamin, and/or calcium content. 

So far, so good.

But lots of products promise more than they deliver, so let's see what we find when we dig a little deeper.

V8 Splash: The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Pretty

To get a good idea of what you're getting when you buy V8 Splash, let's take a closer look at each of the 15 different varieties and see what the ingredients have to say.

1. Strawberry Banana

Sold as a smoothie, strawberry banana V8 Splash is billed as a good source of both calcium and vitamin C. But what exactly is in it?

According to the ingredient list, we have, in descending order:

Water Phosphoric acid
High-fructose corn syrup Soy lecithin
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of sweet potatoes) Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Soy protein isolate Sucralose
Pectin Red 40
Natural flavoring Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Citric acid Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Calcium phosphate Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


As you can see, the first ingredient on the list is water, which means if you were hoping for 100% vegetable and fruit juice, you're out of luck.

Second on the list we find high-fructose corn syrup—a highly processed form of sugar that's associated with obesity, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. What's more, most high-fructose corn syrup, including that found in V8 Splash, is manufactured using GMO corn.

Once we reach the third ingredient, we finally see vegetable juice. But look inside the parentheses, and you see the veggie juice in V8 splash is just water and concentrated sweet potato juice—not exactly a colorful bouquet of vegetable variety.

Next on the list we find soy protein isolate, another highly processed extract that's usually made using GMO soy. However, whether that's the case with V8 Splash is up for debate, as the company's website says only that the soy protein isolate—as well as soy lecithin (number 10 on the list)—used in its products "may be derived" from GMO sources.

After the soy protein isolate we see pectin, a type of soluble fiber that is known to lower cholesterol and blood sugar and help you feel fuller longer. Not bad.

Next we find the ubiquitous and equally ambiguous natural flavoring. Though this catch-all term is seen in slews of processed foods, it refers only to something that has its origin in a plant or animal source. Which means the natural flavoring used in V8 Splash could be almost anything. You'd have to ask the Campbell Soup Company.

The next ingredient on the list is citric acid. While this substance is what gives citrus fruits their sour taste, the citric acid added to foods is created in a lab. Even so, citric acid, which is often included as a flavor enhancer and preservative, is generally recognized as safe.

After calcium phosphate, which is a form of calcium, we have phosphoric acid. Like citric acid, phosphoric acid acts as a flavor enhancer. It also serves as a mold and bacteria inhibitor. The main issue with this additive is that too much of it is linked to the development of heart disease and osteoporosis. In addition, both phosphoric acid and citric acid can erode tooth enamel.

Most of the remaining seven ingredients are vitamins, which have been added to bolster the manufacturer's claim that the product "helps deliver the vitamins and nutrients you and your active family need."

And we've already discussed the potential issues with soy lecithin.

However, the remaining ingredients, sucralose and red 40, pose several potential problems.

Sucralose is a controversial artificial sweetener that's been linked in some studies to negative side effects, such as disruptions to metabolism and changes in gut bacteria, while red 40 is an artificial food coloring manufactured using either petroleum distillates or coal tar. 

Tasty.

You may also have noticed that, while this V8 Splash variety is called strawberry banana, it contains absolutely no strawberries or bananas. In addition, the amount of sugar in the recommended serving size of 8 ounces is almost 25% of the recommended daily allowance. 

And the amount of juice? 

Like all varieties of V8 Splash, strawberry banana contains very little actual juice. So little, in fact, that the company isn't saying how much is really in the product. And that's never a good sign. But based on their other offerings, we estimate an upper limit of around 5%.

2. Tropical Colada

The second and final smoothie in the V8 product line is tropical colada, which contains:

Water Phosphoric acid
High-fructose corn syrup Soy lecithin
Vegetable (water and concentrated juices of sweet potatoes, yellow carrots) Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Soy protein isolate Molasses
Pectin Sucralose
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring (contains coconut) Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Calcium phosphate Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

As you can see, the ingredients in tropical colada are very similar to those found in strawberry banana. However, this variety also contains juice from yellow carrots (but no actual fruit) as well as an additional sugar in the form of molasses. This gives tropical colada an even higher RDA of sugar, at 26%.

3. Diet Berry Blend

The first diet version of V8 Splash is diet berry blend, which contains:

Water Sucralose
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juices of carrots, sweet potatoes) Acesulfame potassium
Natural flavoring Red 40
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Malic acid Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Potassium citrate Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)


Unlike some of the other V8 Splash varieties, diet berry blend is marketed as containing a 5% carrot juice blend. Also included in the ingredient list is potassium citrate, a form of potassium, and malic acid, a flavor enhancer.

While malic acid is naturally found in many fruits, including apples, a class action lawsuit filed against the Campbell Soup Company in 2018 alleged the company was using DL-malic acid, which is a synthetic form of the substance that's created using benzene—a known carcinogen.

Diet berry blend V8 Splash also omits the HFCS but instead includes two artificial sweeteners instead of one—sucralose and acesulfame potassium. 

What is acesulfame potassium, you ask?

Another controversial sweetener, acesulfame potassium has been linked in some studies to both cancer and changes in brain function.

4. Diet Tropical Blend

The second and final diet offering in the V8 Splash line is diet tropical blend, which contains:

Water Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Sucralose
Malic acid Acesulfame potassium
Natural flavoring Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Potassium citrate Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)  


As you can see from the ingredient list, V8 Splash diet tropical blend is almost identical to the diet berry blend. We can only assume the flavor difference is a result of using a different combination of natural flavors.

Also like the diet berry blend, this product is marketed as containing a 5% carrot juice blend—though we're unable to discern what constitutes a blend in this case since only carrot juice is included in the ingredient list.

5. Tropical Blend

V8 Splash tropical blend is listed as containing:

Water Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
High-fructose corn syrup Mango puree
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Sucralose
Malic acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Fruit juice (water and concentrated juices of apples, pineapples, kiwis, limes) Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Natural flavoring Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


The first member of the V8 Splash family to contain actual fruit juice is tropical blend. Like its diet version, this offering is advertised as containing a 5% carrot juice blend. However, an 8-ounce serving size of tropical blend also contains a whopping 32% of the RDA of sugar.

6. Berry Blend

V8 Splash berry blend contains:

Water Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
High-fructose corn syrup Red 40
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juices of sweet potatoes, carrots) Sucralose
Natural flavoring Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Fruit juice (water and concentrated juice of cherries, strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries) Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Citric acid Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Malic acid


While the regular version of V8 Splash berry blend contains a 5% carrot juice blend, unlike the diet version, it also includes fruit juice. Again, though, like all varieties of V8 Splash, the amount of real juice is quite small. In addition, the amount of sugar per serving remains quite high, at 32% of the RDA.

7. Strawberry Kiwi

V8 Splash strawberry kiwi contains:

Water Sucralose
High-fructose corn syrup Red 40
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Malic acid Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Natural flavoring Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)  


As you can see, like many of the other V8 Splash varieties, strawberry kiwi contains neither strawberries nor kiwis, though it does contain 32% of the RDA of sugar in every serving size.

Is V8 Splash Good for You?

8. Fruit Medley

V8 Splash fruit medley contains:

Water Fruit juice (water and concentrated juices of apples, pears, pineapples, cherries)
High-fructose corn syrup Red 40
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Malic acid Sucralose
Natural flavoring Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


Aside from the 5% carrot juice blend, V8 Splash fruit medley also contains a smattering of apples, pears, pineapples, and cherries, along with an even higher 34% of the RDA of sugar for every 8-ounce serving size.

9. Mango Peach

V8 Splash mango peach contains:

Water Mango puree concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup Peach juice concentrate
Carrot juice concentrate Sucralose
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


Along with the 5% carrot juice blend, mango and peach concentrate, HFCS, and sucralose, V8 Splash mango peach also contains 36% of the RDA of sugar in an 8-ounce serving size.

10. Cherry Pomegranate

V8 Splash cherry pomegranate contains:

Water Red 40
High-fructose corn syrup Fruit juice (water and concentrated juice of pomegranates)
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Sucralose
Malic acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


With an ingredient list almost identical to other offerings, cherry pomegranate V8 Splash also contains 32% of the RDA of sugar per 8-ounce serving size.

11. Orange Pineapple

Orange pineapple V8 Splash contains:

Water Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
High-fructose corn syrup Sucralose
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Citric acid Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Natural flavoring Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


No real surprises in this ingredient list, either, although you can clearly see that there are neither oranges nor pineapples in V8 Splash orange pineapple. But there is 34% of the RDA of sugar.

12. Blue Raspberry

V8 Splash blue raspberry contains:

Water FD&C blue 1
High-fructose corn syrup Sucralose
Reconstituted vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of sweet potatoes) Calcium disodium EDTA (to promote flavor and color retention)
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


Interestingly, V8 Splash blue raspberry is advertised as containing a 5% carrot juice blend, but only sweet potatoes are listed in the ingredient list. However, we do have the addition of calcium disodium EDTA as well as FD&C blue 1.

While calcium disodium EDTA is generally recognized as safe, FD&C blue 1 has been linked to asthma, allergies, and ADHD and has been shown in studies to actually seep into the bloodstream, where it may affect cell respiration.

Blue raspberry also contains 34% of the RDA of sugar in a regular 8-ounce serving size—and there's a decided lack of either blueberries or raspberries.

13. Island Strawberry

V8 Splash island strawberry contains:

Water Red 40
High-fructose corn syrup Sucralose
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of carrots) Mango puree
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Fruit juice (water and concentrated juices of strawberries, apples, pineapples, kiwis, limes) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)


Unlike our friend blue raspberry, V8 Splash island strawberry does contain actual fruit juice. However, like some other varieties, it also contains 34% of the RDA of sugar in every serving.

14. Watermelon Cherry

V8 Splash watermelon cherry contains:

Water Red 40
High-fructose corn syrup Sucralose
Carrot juice concentrate Watermelon juice concentrate
Sweet potato juice concentrate Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Citric acid Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Natural flavoring Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)


Here again we have a pretty similar ingredient list, though this variety does contain the watermelon that appears in its name. And the sugar content? That's 34%.

15. Strawberry Lemonade

V8 Splash strawberry lemonade contains:

Water Red 40
High-fructose corn syrup Calcium disodium EDTA (to promote flavor and color retention)
Vegetable juice (water and concentrated juice of sweet potatoes) Sucralose
Citric acid Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Natural flavoring (strawberry juice concentrate, watermelon juice concentrate, ascorbic acid) Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Fruit juice (water and concentrated juices of strawberries, lemons) Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)


This final V8 Splash variety contains basically the same ingredients as the other products in the line, though it's the only one that reveals the source of its natural flavors. It also has one of the highest sugar concentrations, at 36% of the RDA per serving.

So, Is V8 Splash Good for You?

If you've been reading this article, we think there's about a 100% chance you've already figured this one out for yourself.

But, to recap...

While the 15 juice drinks included in the V8 Splash line do contain vegetables and fruits (at least some of them), the total amount of juice is around 5% or less, with the bulk of the drinks being taken up by potentially dangerous additives like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors.

What's more, the manufacturer derives several of its ingredients from GMO sources.

So, if you're looking for a healthy and delicious way to get a fruit and vegetable boost, we recommend leaving the V8 Splash on the shelf and choosing a 100% fruit and vegetable alternative, such as VeggieShake's All-in-One blends—and even adding a scoop to your own juice blends

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