Is Naked Juice Healthy?

Is Naked Juice Healthy?In the past I’ve written about Bolthouse Farms, and a large portion of the traffic that visits this website does so via Google searches for information about Bolthouse Farms juices and smoothies. Many of the people looking for that information are also looking for information about Naked Juices. Being a Canadian, I wasn’t sure what Naked Juice was, so I decided to take a closer look and see if Naked Juice is healthy for you, and if it’s healthier than Bolthouse Farms’ products.

First off, a little history about Naked Juice: the first Naked Juices were produced way back in 1983, with the name referring to the company’s claim that the juices had no artificial flavorings, sugar, or preservatives. Over time, the company grew along with consumer demand for more health-conscious drinks. In 2007, the company was purchased by PepsiCo in an effort to compete with Odwalla, a similar product from a company owned by Coca-Cola.

As you can see, the first red flag that should be raised is that Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi. Do you really expect a fruit juice that’s owned by a soda company to be good for you? There’s got to be something wrong with it, right? Well, it turns out there is, and a lawsuit was filed against the Naked Juice Company in 2011 which claimed the company was using false and misleading tactics to sell its juice.

Naked Juice decided to settle nearly a year later in December of 2012. It turns out that many of the ingredients listed as vitamins were actually synthetic and not natural. These were artificial sweeteners, fibers, and flavors. If that wasn’t enough, Naked Juice also contained GMO (genetically modified organisms) despite claiming that Naked Juice didn’t use GMO fruits and vegetables in its juice.

Today, Naked Juice is still made with fruits and vegetables that are mainly GMO-based, even after the lawsuit. Essentially, Naked Juice is targeting the people who are looking to eat or drink healthier but don’t know any better. Those who do know better choose superior products, such as the many varieties of juices and smoothies available from Bolthouse Farms.

A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms Juices

A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms JuicesYesterday I took a look at Bolthouse Farms smoothies to break down each flavor based on a few factors, such as calories, sugar content, fiber, protein, etc. Today I’m going to do the same thing, but with some of the Bolthouse Farms juices. While I personally haven’t tried any of the Bolthouse Farms juices, I was curious to see how they stacked up to the smoothies from a health standpoint.

Just like the smoothies, the serving size for all the Bolthouse Farms juices is 8 fl. oz. which is 240ml. In terms of calories, the Bolthouse juices with the least calories for an 8 fl. oz. serving are the Mango Coconut Splash with 60 calories, 100% Carrot and Organic Carrot with 70, and Daily Greens with 90 calories. Acai Pomegranate and Passion Orange Guava have the most calories per serving at 170, with the rest falling somewhere in the middle.

Interestingly, some of the Bolthouse Farms Juices are sweetened, either with cane sugar or with stevia, while others are not. The Bolthouse Farms juices with the least amount of sugar are 100% Carrot, Organic Carrot, and Mango Coconut Splash with only 13g of sugar each, with the Mango Coconut Splash being the only of the three that’s sweetened with stevia. Acai Pomegranate has the most with 37g of sugar, next is Passion Orange Guava with 33g, and Mango Lemonade trails behind those with 32g of sugar, though Mango Lemonade contains cane sugar as its second ingredient with water being the first.

Taking a look at dietary fiber now, Tropical + Carrot has the most with 5g of fiber per serving with Acai + 10 Superblend, Super Greens, and Mango Ginger + Coconut close behind with 3g of fiber per serving. The rest of the Bolthouse Farms juices have little to no fiber. Similarly, none of the juices are packed with protein, with Orange + Carrot and Organic Carrot containing the most fiber with just 2g per serving.

As I said at the top of this post, I haven’t tried any of these Bolthouse Farms juices before, so I can’t comment on the taste of any of them. What I can say is that the Mango Coconut Splash has definitely piqued my interest. It sounds like it could be good drink to have post-workout, made from mostly water, coconut water, and sweetened with stevia.

A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms Smoothies

A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms SmoothiesI first wrote about Bolthouse Farms a few months ago because I use its juices and blends in my smoothies so I won’t have to prepare many different fruits and vegetables myself. It turns out that a lot of people are curious about whether the company’s juices and smoothies are healthy or if they’re junk food in disguise. I’d have to say they would fall into the former category, but today I’m going to flip over the bottles and take a by the numbers look at Bolthouse Farms smoothies.

The serving size for all the Bolthouse Farms smoothies is 8 fl. oz. which is 240ml. The Bolthouse Farms smoothies with the least amount of calories are the Berry Boost and Strawberry Banana smoothies with 130 calories per serving. Next is Green Goodness and Multi-V Goodness with 140 calories per serving, followed by Amazing Mango with 150 calories, and then Blue Goodness and C-Boost with 160 calories per serving. If you’re watching your weight and counting calories, I can recommend the Strawberry Banana. It’s delicious!

In terms of sugars, the Bolthouse Farms smoothie with the least amount of sugar is Berry Boost with only 16g of sugar per serving. Next is Strawberry Banana with 22g of sugar, followed by Multi-V Goodness with 25g of sugar, Blue Goodness with 29g of sugar, Green Goodness with 30g, C-Boost with 32g, and Amazing Mango with 34g of sugar. By comparison, an equal 8 fl. oz. serving of your favorite brand of cola has about 22g of sugar. Of course, the sugar found in Bolthouse Farms comes from the fruit itself and isn’t added in for additional sweetness. These numbers are interesting because out of all of these, I’d have to put Berry Boost at the bottom of my list in terms of taste.

In terms of fiber, all the Bolthouse Farms smoothies are about the same with 1-2g of fiber per serving, with Multi-V Goodness being the exception as it has 8g of fiber per serving. Talking protein, Green Goodness packs the most with a miniscule 2g of protein per serving with the rest of the smoothies containing 1g of protein per serving. The majority of the Bolthouse Farms smoothies do not contain any fat, with C-Boost being the exception with 0.5g of fat per serving.

I think what these numbers show is that Bolthouse Farms smoothies are a good starting point for a smoothie. You’ll want to add in other ingredients for fiber (myself and many others use kale) and if you’re looking for protein, maybe look for a protein powder. I add in a couple scoops of Hemp Force to all my smoothies and that adds a bit of flavor and the protein that the Bolthouse Farms smoothies are lacking.

Is Bolthouse Farms Juice Healthy?

Is Bolthouse Farms Juice Healthy?I’m always looking for ways to save time, so lately I’ve been using Bolthouse Farms juice for smoothies in my morning shakes instead of buying and blending all the fruit on my own. It’s surprising how many fruits can be blended and poured into one of these relatively small bottles!

But my one concern with them was always whether they were healthy. A lot of these ready-to-drink “health” foods are actually packed with added sugar and salt to make them taste better. While you may be thinking you’re choosing something a lot healthier than a can of soda or Kool-Aid, it may only be marginally better for you.

Bolthouse Farms juice on the other hand contains a large amount of fruit per bottle. It’s actually listed on the side of the label exactly how many apples, bananas, pears, berries, etc. are in each bottle. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that puree of each of these fruits is in the recipe, along with some fruit juice as well. What isn’t added is sugar since this is naturally occurring in the fruit. This is precisely what you want to look for when choosing a juice for your daily shake.

I keep a variety of Bolthouse Farms juice for smoothies in the fridge at all times as they make it so much quicker to prepare a shake each morning. Depending on what I want on a particular day, I may reach for the Green Goodness (apples, kiwis, mangoes, spinach) or the Strawberry Banana as the base of my drink, adding in Hemp Force protein powder and a few handfuls of kale to take things to the next level. Delicious, quick, and healthy too!