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V8 spiked with potassium chloride: must I read EVERY LABEL ON EVERYTHING?

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Created December 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I've been drinking V8 (low sodium) because I was trying to increase my potassium.

While sitting at the breakfast table, I was bored, and read the label: It contains potassium chloride!

Silly me: I thought all the potassium was from the veggies.

MUST I READ EVERYTHING?

Being Paleo is exhausting!

Mike

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

salt is still listed as an ingredient on the v8 low sodium version...they just must add less of it (compared to the original v8)

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

"I wonder if the regular version simply has added salt for taste"...yep, that would be my guess. i mentioned the potass numbers before in another comment, here are the sodium numbers as well, for an 8 oz serve,

sodium/potass:

v8orig: 481/469 mg.

v8lowSodium: 141/819 mg.

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41544 · December 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Don't believe everything you read on the internet, particularly reviews on websites selling supplements (that's probably the worst place to get legit info).

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

BINGO! I wish I could up-vote your answer twice. That makes total sense. I was drinking the low-sodium version. I wonder if the regular version simply has added salt for taste.

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 5:49 AM

"I wonder how much is from the veggies", you can tell from looking at nutritiondata.com.

The original V8 does not include potassium chloride as an ingredient, so all the potassium 'should' be from the veggies...for an 8 oz serving it is 481 mg (compared with 819 mg in the low sodium V8).

orig V8 data

low sodium V8 data

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26182 · December 11, 2013 at 1:49 AM

I think I remember reading that V8 is like 95% Carrot and Tomato Juice. not exactly stalwarts of potassium.

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Not that potassium chloride is evil. In fact, I was entertaining maybe taking it as a supplement to increase my potassium. However, I read a book on potassium and I became concerned about it harming my gut. In fact, some of the negative reviews on iherb.com were specifically about gi upset. However, I read the risk is in tablet form: if it remains in contact with one spot in your intestine too long, it can damage it. Nonetheless, I was simply surprised they added it to what I thought was simply veggie juice!

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I have a vitamix (which I love), and use it all the time. For convenience, I figured it was nice to have a pre-made high potassium beverage.

I guess I'm just surprised they had to add potassium chloride to made the label nutrition look better.

I wonder how much is from the veggies, and how much potassium is from the additive.

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM

so if you are getting 'a lot' of sodium chloride and potassium chloride you will be getting 'a lot' (too much?) chloride, which may or may not be a bad thing, idk?

i have read that the chlorine (which chloride is formed from) is not good for skin via absorption (bath, shower, swimming), that is external tho. & also being one of the halogens, chlorine also competes with iodine, so may be excess chloride may also compete?

some acu-cell info on chloride/chlorine

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

the only thing i can think of (at the moment) is, if you are 'watching' your chloride intake.

the US AI (Adequate Intake) number for chloride is based on the salt (sodium chloride) AI, ie. they have come up with a Salt AI, & from that suggested Sodium & Chloride AI's.

so for an adult male the chloride AI is 2.3 grams p/d.

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208 · December 11, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Tomatoes are rich with potassium. Since people want the salt taste they add potassium chloride which isn't much different of an affront compared to adding salt. I find it hard to eat enough food and get a decent amount of potassium so I drink a small glass of TJ's Garden Patch or V8 or one of the organic varieties if I'm feeling wealthy that day.

I spend too much time preparing food as it is, no juicing for me, easier to eat a couple of spoonfuls of tomato paste if need be.

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

BINGO! I wish I could up-vote your answer twice. That makes total sense. I was drinking the low-sodium version. I wonder if the regular version simply has added salt for taste.

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2401 · December 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

@CaveMan_Mike,

I've drunk low-sodium V8 regularly (1–2 C/day) for a couple of years and haven't noticed any ill effects. Swiss chard is a good natural source for potassium, and as long as you don't overdo them, bananas are also a decent source.

Regarding the intellectual exhaustion, you're on a steep learning curve taking in all this paleo information in a short time. If you want to ease the cognitive load, use other people's paleo recipes for a while, The 21-Day Sugar Detox is chock-full of good recipes, and if you follow the plans, you'll introduce yourself to a lot of new tastes. (Note: you'll need to buy a decent food processor with at least a 10-cup capacity.)

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598 · December 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Potassium Chloride is evil? Am I missing something I should know about? I mean sodium chloride is okay, so what's wrong with potassium chloride?

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

the only thing i can think of (at the moment) is, if you are 'watching' your chloride intake.

the US AI (Adequate Intake) number for chloride is based on the salt (sodium chloride) AI, ie. they have come up with a Salt AI, & from that suggested Sodium & Chloride AI's.

so for an adult male the chloride AI is 2.3 grams p/d.

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4458 · December 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM

so if you are getting 'a lot' of sodium chloride and potassium chloride you will be getting 'a lot' (too much?) chloride, which may or may not be a bad thing, idk?

i have read that the chlorine (which chloride is formed from) is not good for skin via absorption (bath, shower, swimming), that is external tho. & also being one of the halogens, chlorine also competes with iodine, so may be excess chloride may also compete?

some acu-cell info on chloride/chlorine

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Not that potassium chloride is evil. In fact, I was entertaining maybe taking it as a supplement to increase my potassium. However, I read a book on potassium and I became concerned about it harming my gut. In fact, some of the negative reviews on iherb.com were specifically about gi upset. However, I read the risk is in tablet form: if it remains in contact with one spot in your intestine too long, it can damage it. Nonetheless, I was simply surprised they added it to what I thought was simply veggie juice!

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26182 · December 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I know you don't need a snarky answer -- and despite that prologe, this is not intended that way.

If you want potassium why not eat bananas, potatoes, leafy greens, avocados, etc...

If you want juice, why not juice yourself, then you know what's in it.

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3280 · December 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I have a vitamix (which I love), and use it all the time. For convenience, I figured it was nice to have a pre-made high potassium beverage.

I guess I'm just surprised they had to add potassium chloride to made the label nutrition look better.

I wonder how much is from the veggies, and how much potassium is from the additive.

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