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

by (3277) Updated December 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM 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.


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188 · 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.

2328 · December 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM


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.

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568 · 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?

26354 · 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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