Fruit juices have always been promoted as a part of a healthy diet. Juices provide vitamins, minerals and other goodies for your insides. Likewise, whole grains have been linked to preventing cancer, diabetes and other chronic health concerns.
The South Bay Foodies got their hands on a beverage* that brings these two healthy powerhouses together, with the benefits of juices and whole grains: Juiceology. Read on to see how it fared in our taste test.
First off, I was a bit skeptical. Whole grains and juice? I was thinking it would be something like a chalky, powdered fiber supplement mixed into some fruit cocktail syrup. Juiceology was nothing like that. It had an unassuming appearance – very juice-like. The label indicates that Juiceology contains 70% pure juice.
Moving into the taste test, I captured the reactions of the folks around South Bay Foodies HQ. We tried two flavors, Peach Mango and Blueberry Açai.
|Is this artificially sweetened? Its very sweet.||Smells kinda like prune juice. Tastes like a grape Jolly Rancher though.|
|No comment!||Tastes like a grape lollipop.|
|Delicious. I can taste the mango.||I agree: lollipop.|
|Good blend of peach and mango. Taste like peach candy to me||Slightly tart but the sweetness comes through. Tastes like blueberry to me. I like this one the best|
Overall, we were pleased with the beverage flavors and were surprised by how sweet they were. The ingredients show no added sugar, with the bulk of the 19 grams of carbs coming from the natural juices. Stevia was also listed in the ingredients, though, so that may be part of the sweetness that Nicole picked up on.
The rest of the 22 grams of carbs comes from the fiber; 12% of your daily intake of fiber to be exact. There are two servings in the 450 ml bottle, which means you could down one of these suckers – a caloric steal at only 98 calories per serving – and get a quarter of the fiber you need in a day.
Nicole, the kids, and I enjoyed the two flavors we sampled but there also three other flavors if peach/mango and blueberry/açai don’t inspire you. I’m curious to try the apple and Concord grape.
Right now Juiceology is only available in Southern California. In the South Bay you can find them at Ralphs, Bristol Farms, and Northgate grocery stores. To find Juiceology in your neighborhood, visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to socialize with other Juiceology enthusiasts.
- Juiceology, Juices + Whole Grain Extracts
* Samples were provided on a complimentary basis for the purpose of this review.