Most of us probably don't consume the recommended three to five vegetable servings a day even when we're dieting. But according to a new study (funded in part by the Campbell Soup Company), drinking at least one glass of low sodium vegetable juice every day may help overweight dieters lose more weight.
Reuters published the results of the study, which found that adults who drank at least eight ounces of vegetable juice as part of a calorie-controlled heart-healthy diet lost four pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the veggie juice lost only one pound. Veggie-juice drinkers also increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake. And they were more likely to get three to five veggies a day. All 81 participants (75 percent female) had metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors including excess body fat around the middle, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Dr. Carl L. Keen, who was quoted in the article, suggested that vegetable juice helps reduce a person's appetite. (I should've had a V8.)
Do you drink veggie juice? If so, what do you recommend?