Fruit-and-vegetable-blend juices Which juices taste the best? We asked 35 kids
If you have trouble getting your child to eat whole fruits and vegetables, then these juices might be worth a try. Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Grape and V8 V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry rated highest with our kid testers. Most said they would drink them again.
We asked 35 children ages 6 through 16 to taste four new fruit-and-vegetable-blend juices: Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Grape, Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Tropical, V8 V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry, and V8 V-Fusion Tropical Orange. Our kid testers rated the juices' flavor and texture from excellent to horrible and noted if they would drink the juice again if they had it at home.
Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Grape and V8 V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry consistently rated highest: 80 percent of the children said they would drink Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Grape again, while 66 percent would drink V8
V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry again. The V8 V-Fusion Tropical Orange was split between love it or hate it, with very few on the fence. Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise Tropical was the least favorite among our kid testers—half said they'd never drink it again. Keep in mind that these juices are not just for kids—the more child-friendly fruit taste might also appeal to vegetable-resistant adults.
Nutritionally, the four juices are pretty much equal. Calories range from 100 to 120 per 8-fluid-ounce serving, comparable to the same serving size of plain apple juice. None has added sugar. These are basically fruit juices with a touch of vegetable juice from vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, purple carrots, tomatoes, and yellow tomatoes.
If your child doesn't like vegetables but you're trying to increase consumption because of the nutritional benefits, the V8 juices have more vegetables per serving than the Juicy Juices and a greater variety of vegetables used in the juice.
But juice should not completely replace whole produce. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting 100 percent fruit juice (pasteurized, with no added sugar or corn syrup) to no more than 4 to 6 ounces a day for children 1 to 6 years old, and 8 to 12 ounces a day for children 7 to 18 years old.
Both brands cost about the same: $3.29 for a 46-ounce bottle of Juicy Juice and $3.99 for the same size V8.
If your child doesn't eat as many whole fruits and vegetables as you'd like, these juices might be a worthy addition to his or her diet—just make sure you pick a flavor that your child likes. V8 V-Fusion juices also come in strawberry banana and peach mango. The Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise juice also has an orange mango flavor.
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