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Is there a difference between veg juice (eg V8) and clam cocktail (eg Clamato)?

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Is there a difference between veg juice (eg V8) and clam cocktail (eg Clamato)?

I enjoy vegetable juice like V8. Is there a nutritional difference between a "vegetable cocktail" type juice and a "clam cocktail" type mixes other than the clam flavour? I see both in the tomato juice section of the supermarket but have always wondered if there was a difference. If not, I'd rather just get Clamato or "clam cocktail" since I l do like Ceasars.
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I'm pretty sure V8 has a blend of vegetables whereas Clamato is only tomato (with clam juice)

EDIT: Yup.
INGREDIENTS: VEGETABLE JUICE (WATER AND CONCENTRATED JUICES OF TOMATOES, CARROTS, CELERY, BEETS, PARSLEY, LETTUCE, WATERCRESS, SPINACH), SALT, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), BETA CAROTENE, NATURAL FLAVORING, CITRIC ACID.

Also both drinks have a butt ton of salt.
250mL is apparently 25%+ of your recommended daily intake.
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With the clam juice (Clamato) you can make a caesar when you mix vodka.
With the V8 juice you can make a caesar salad when you mix vodka. Smiling Face With Open Mouth

In all seriousness death_hawk is correct on the sodium, additionally overall the V8 juice does fare better with regards to nutrition.
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You can still make a Caesar with V8, it's just called a Bloody Mary. To make a really good Bloody Mary, you mix up a bit of beef bouillon and hot water and shoot it in there - makes up for the loss of savoury clam effect.

The Clamato contains added glucose-fructose and about 4 g more sugar per 250ml (which is like an extra teaspoon (=4.2g) of sugar). It also has mmmm MSG, if that concerns you.

Clamato has about 1/3 more salt but if you do that bouillon trick with the V8, that'll fix that problem. 1/4 tsp Better than Boullion beef base in a shot of hot water in the V8 will make them about equivalent in terms of salt.

So V8 + 1 tsp sugar + 1/4 tsp boullion base + MSG ~= Clamato
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To me I have always considered a Bloody Mary to use tomato juice.
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rcmpvet wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 12:43 pm
To me I have always considered a Bloody Mary to use tomato juice.
You need to loosen up :) I think it is all the same drink with little ingredient tweaks.

(But you're right, a canonical Bloody Mary recipe uses tomato juice.)
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Yes they are different. Clamato is about 100x better:)
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DiceMan wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 1:07 am
I enjoy vegetable juice like V8. Is there a nutritional difference between a "vegetable cocktail" type juice and a "clam cocktail" type mixes other than the clam flavour?
Thry r both pasteurized, processed, reconstituted fake food products.
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Becks wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 5:28 am
Thry r both pasteurized, processed, reconstituted fake food products.
Yes, they are. Clamato is yummy though:) The other - bleh.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 12:34 pm
Yes, they are. Clamato is yummy though:) The other - bleh.
It's much more acidic. Some get heartburn from Clamato but not from veg cocktail because of all the extra acid. Citric acid is the #1 ingredient in the Clamato.

Clamato also has all that umami/savory flavour and a blast of sugar. Comparatively, ordinary vegetable juice is wallpaper paste. It needs some lime juice and beef broth and sugar, and, well, help....it just needs some help.
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Psychopathetic wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 1:22 pm
Low Sodium V8 with a dash of clam juice?
Yes...! Try to find the low-sodium V8. Add your own clam juice separately, if you want the umami.

I enjoy low-sodium V8 with a squeeze of lemon/lime, splash of Worcestershire, and a shake of black pepper. :)

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