MonaVie touts it’s 19 different fruits and it’s star ingredient, the acai berry, every chance it gets. Is one to assume that makes for a super-juice? MonaVie would have you think so. However, rather than take MonaVie’s highly biased word for it, why not have an independent 3rd party test it? Well that’s exactly what Men’s Journal did.
Men’s Journal commissioned independent (i.e. non-biased) lab ChromaDex to test various fruit juices. Miriam Pappo, director of clinical nutrition at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, says that there are four things to look for in a juice:
- Phenolic Acids – To help prevent cancer
- Anthocyanins – To prevent aging
- Vitamin C – To aid in healing wounds
- Beta-carotene – To boost the immune system
Given that, Men’s Journal had 8 juices tested:
|Juice||Phenolic Acids||Anthocyanins||Vitamin C||Beta-carotene||Cost|
|Bolthouse Farms Purple Carrot||No Mention||162mg most of all||No Mention||No Mention||$1.25/serving|
|Vemma||“Sky-high”||“only juice with beta-carotene”||$1.88/serving|
|Tropicana Orange Juice||“fair levels”||“Superhigh”||$0.75/serving|
|Welch’s Grape Juice||highest of all juices tested||“good levels”||“good levels”||$0.75/serving|
|AgroLabs Superberry Upgrade||“moderate levels”||“moderate levels”||$0.84/serving|
|Naked Pomegranate Blueberry||“2nd of juices”||“4th of juices”||$1.25/serving|
|MonaVie Active||“extremely low”||“extremely low”||1/5 of Welch’s||$1.20/serving|
|Kagome Purple Roots & Fruits||“high”||“okay”||none detected||none detected||$0.94/serving|
Conclusion: Looking at this table, it seems pretty clear to me that Welch’s Grape juice is the only juice with 3 good levels or better. At 75 cents a serving it is also the cheapest. MonaVie on the other hand scored poorly in all four criteria. It’s another example of how you can get more for your money by skipping MonaVie and going with a traditional juice.
Originally posted 2009-09-16 21:16:49. 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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