MonaVie distributors often say that drinking four ounces of MonaVie is like eating 13 fruits. When they say this, they are mistaken. The actual claim is the “antioxidant equivalent of 13 fruits.” As we’ve seen before drinking MonaVie is not equal to eating 13 fruits. In fact you have to drink 9 ounces to have the antioxidant equivalent of a single apple.
Once you discard MonaVie’s misleading marketing practices of using the “antioxidant equivalent” modifier, you are left with the question of, “How many of servings of fruit is there in 4 ounces of MonaVie?” The answer is 1. MonaVie distributors may dispute that number, but here is the irrefutable evidence that it is indeed just 1:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (commonly known as the CDC) has created a website called Fruits and Veggies Matter. As you can see the website’s “.gov” domain indicating its affiliation with the US Government. This website partners with other government organizations such as the USDA and the FDA to ensure that information on it is accurate and reputable. In short, this reference should serve as the highest standard of evidence available.
There is a FAQ on the website designed to help consumers make wise choices about fruits and vegetables. One of the questions is:
“Q: Does fruit juice count towards my recommended fruit intake?
A: While 100% juice can count towards your intake, the majority of your choices should be whole or cut-up fruits (fresh, frozen, canned, or dried). These fruit choices are better options because they contain dietary fiber. ½ cup (4 fluid ounces) of 100% fruit juice does count as ½ cup of fruit in meeting your requirements.”
Also, from the program guidelines:
“One portion of product must contain at least one serving of fruit or vegetable. One serving of fruit or vegetable is defined as… 4 oz/½ Cup 100% fruit or vegetable juice.”
I’ve highlighted the important parts in bold. MonaVie is 100% fruit juice. Thus four ounces of MonaVie is a single serving of fruit.
Now that we’ve solved that important question, let’s look back on the other things that came up in the research. There was this quote, “majority of your choices should be whole or cut-up fruits (fresh, frozen, canned, or dried). These fruit choices are better options because they contain dietary fiber.” It is important to note that while 4 ounces may count as a single serving of fruit, it is considered to be less beneficial than other forms of fruit because MonaVie contains very little fiber.
Furthermore it was mentioned that “Â½ cup (4 fluid ounces) of 100% fruit juice does count as Â½ cup of fruit.” Here are some examples of what the reputable government website listed as equal to a 1/2 cup of fruit/veggies:
- 1 snack container of applesauce (4oz)
- 6 baby carrots
- 1 small box (1/4 cup) of raisins
Four ounces of MonaVie can cost anywhere between $3.20 and $7.20 depending if you buy a bulk order of it at around $1,000 or if you buy a single bottle at the suggested retail price. Since most people don’t buy $1,000 of the juice at one time, a reasonable average is around $5 (about $32 a bottle). How much does a small box of raisins, 6 baby carrots, or a snack size container of applesauce cost? For a lot less than a dollar you can save $4 and get all that fiber that you are missing out on when you choose MonaVie.
Originally posted 2010-10-22 10:39:50. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe above article is intended to be accurate at the time of its original posting. MonaVie may change its pricing, product, or other policies at any time without notice.
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