28 Things You Didn’t Know About V8 Veggies

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V8 Juice is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. While you might already know that, we’ve rounded up all our favourite interesting facts about the veggies inside V8 juice that you probably don’t know! 

Fun Facts About Beets

Beetroot is one of V8’s primary ingredients, and it has so many fantastic qualities. Researchers have known for some time that beetroot juice may help lower blood pressure, but in 2010 UK researchers revealed that nitrate is the special ingredient in beetroot which lowers blood pressure, and may help to fight heart disease. Here are some more fun facts about beets…

  1. Raw beetroot can help combat garlic breath
  2. Beetroot helps cleanse the liver, which helps reduce hangover symptoms
  3. Albert Einstein was known to hate beets
  4. Beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables
  5. In Australia, pickled beets are a popular topping on hamburgers
  6. Historically, only the beet greens were eaten, not the roots. The roots were only used as medicine, not food
  7. While people believe most beets are the size of a tennis ball, they can be as small as a marble
  8. Beetroot can be used as a natural dye, including for hair  

Fun Facts About Carrots 

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. They also are loaded with beta-carotene, which is naturally converted to vitamin A when consumed. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting. Carrots are a vital ingredient in V8 juice, and here are some of our favourite facts about the veggie…

    1. Carrots were first grown in Afghanistan
    2. Baby carrots aren’t actually a type of carrot
    3. Cooked carrots are better for you than raw ones
    4. Carrots are 87% water
    5. One carrot can give you the energy to walk one mile
    6. Carrots aren’t always orange. They can also be purple, red, white and yellow
    7. The carrot is in the top 10 of most economically important global vegetable crops
    8. One teaspoon can hold 2000 carrot seeds.

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Interesting Facts About Celery 

Celery is known to be popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, and its vitamin K & C count. It’s very popular for drinking in juice form. Check out our favourite facts about celery below… 

  1. Celery was first used in food in Italy, in the 16th century
  2. April is National fresh celery month
  3. Celery is 95% water 
  4. Celery is rich in antioxidants, which help decrease inflammation in the body
  5. While peanut allergies are most common in the US, celery allergies are most common in Europe
  6. Celery can help to lower cholesterol levels 
  7. Celery should be eaten within seven days after purchase. After this time, most of the antioxidants in celery disappear

Facts on Tomatoes 

A member of the ‘nightshade family’ alongside aubergines, peppers and chillies, tomatoes are in fact a fruit, but their affinity for other savoury ingredients means that they are usually considered a veggie! Check out all the fun facts about tomatoes below…

  1. Tomatoes are the fruit of the tomato plant. They originated in the South American Andes, around the area of modern-day Peru, and were first used as food by the Aztec’s in Southern Mexico
  2. There are more than 7,500 tomato varieties grown around the world
  3. Tomatoes are very popular in Mediterranean cuisines such as Italian (pizza!)
  4. Tomatoes aren’t always red – they can be yellow, pink, purple, black and even white
  5. Tomato seedlings have been grown in space before
  6. In cooler climates, tomatoes are grown in greenhouses
  7. The heaviest tomato according to the Guinness World Record weighed 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz) and was grown by G. Graham in 1986, Oklahoma, USA

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V8 Juice 

V8 Juice is full to the brim with nutritious and tasty veggies including beets, celery, tomatoes and carrots! Make sure you don’t forget to pick up a carton on your next weekly shop.