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Feb 13, 2008 08:58 AM

Healthier substitute for V8?

I'm a long-time V8 fan, but am trying to cut down on sodium. Their low-sodium version tastes bland to me, does anyone know of an alternative that's both healthy and tasty?

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  1. Have you tried adding salt to the low-sodium version? :)

    I believe the usual tricks for dealing with blandness in low sodium diets are:
    - let you tastes adapt
    - make things more acidic (e.g. lemon juice)
    - make them sweeter
    - make them hotter (e.g. hot sauce)


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    1. re: paulj

      I'm guessing you meant that tongue-in-cheek but that is really what I do. I find that adding just a little salt to the low sodium version makes it much more palatable and still much lower in sodium than the regular stuff.

      1. re: smarsh

        have you calculated it to know for sure?

    2. There is no alternative to V8, IMO, unless you juice your own.

      I add lemon or lime juice and hot sauce to mine and it perks it up pretty well.

      I suppose you could try adding something like Braggs liquid aminos.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        i love bragg's and use it in almost every dish, but be aware that whilst adding sodium, it will significantly alter the taste of the juice... much like a soy sauce would.

        another *trick* would be to drink a glass of water first... comparatively the juice will taste much saltier.

      2. I am also on a low sodium diet, but I must be the exception rather than the rule since I actually prefer the low sodium V8 to the regular. I also like drinking it non-chilled -- the flavors seem to be more developed that way.

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        1. re: mshpook

          You're not alone...I too prefer the low sodium V8 to the regular.

          Other ideas are to add worcestershire sauce or MSG.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Hmmm... I always add some NaCl when things seem flat.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  duh...i'm such a dork. Thank you for reminding me that msg has salt.

            1. Maybe worcestershire sauce? It's a high sodium product but a tiny bit goes a long way so you'd still come out ahead.

              Tabasco, lemon juice.

              I love V-8 and also switched to the low sodium version. Believe it or not, after a while it might taste good to you again as you adapt to lower sodium intake overall. In the meantime...good luck!

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              1. re: fern

                I agree that one can adapt to low sodium overall - used to think it was bland, now the real thing tastes way too salty.

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