3 February 2016

Vegesentials: Beetroot, Pomegranate and Carrot (Waitrose) [By @SpectreUK]

I can't claim on trying out a health food fad since the New Year, as although I've been to the gym today and done some weights and the usual cycle to no where, I have had a sizeable bar of chocolate for pudding after a burger and chips, and I fully intend to have a beer later this evening. Having said that, I thought I'd try and make myself feel better in the meantime with this Vegesentials Beetroot, Pomegranate and Carrot flavour juice drink. It sounded so weird in the store I just had to pick it up. Pomegranate sounds okay as an ingredient, so does carrot, I suppose, but I've never been keen on beetroot juice. I couldn't see how the overpowering earthy flavour of beetroot could be overshadowed by the other two flavours. The science behind the drink also confused me a little. I'm sure NLi10 would fill me in on the biological knowhow of this drink and whether it really does help with "blood pressure, immune system, skin, and muscular function" as it claims to on the label. I suspect the workout I did earlier probably helped more. It certainly helped to calm me down after a rather rotten day at work. It also states on the label that this drink is half fruit and half veg, but it has three outstanding ingredients and two of those are veg, so I'm not quite sure where to go from there...

Anyway, after a good shake and a deep apprehensive breath I opened the bottle. First smell yielded only beetroot, which I was quite surprised at been as though I'd noticed banana was also in the ingredients and that usually overshadows any other ingredient. There was an initial punch from the beetroot to start with which smoothed out very quickly with a mixture of pomegranate and sweet pear, there was also carrot in the flavour too, but fortunately no banana. The flavour went full circle ending in an aftertaste of fruity sweet earthy beetroot. A bizarre blend of flavours and actually not completely unpleasant. If I wanted to try a detox health food fad then I'm sure a drink like this would be something someone would mention to me in passing, possibly followed by a snigger. Having said that, I'll just go and get my beer...

Information on the label;
250ml bottle has 115 calories, 0.3g of fat, 75mg of salt, and 23g of sugar. Ingredients included; carrot, beetroot, banana (oh, no!), pear, Apple, parsnip, watermelon, pomegranate, and spinach... Try getting "half fruit and half veg" out of that lot!
By Spectre

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