New research conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine revealed drinking vegetable juice may help overweight individuals with metabolic syndrome lose more weight compared to non-juice drinkers.
In this study, researchers at the University of California-Davis conducted a 12-week weight loss trial among adults age 40 to 65 years. Some participants were asked to drink one to two servings of low sodium vegetable juice every day while others didn't drink any vegetable juice. No other changes were made to the participants' diets.
People who drank one to two servings of vegetable juice a day as part of a balanced diet increased their vegetable intake and lost an average of four pounds over the course of the study.
Those who did not drink juice lost only one pound.
In addition to weight loss benefits, people with borderline high blood pressure who drank one to two servings of vegetable juice lowered their blood pressure significantly.
According to the research, the vegetable juice drinkers said they enjoyed the juice and felt like they were doing something good for themselves by drinking it.
The study authors say the addition of vegetable juice in people's diets is a successful strategy to help them boost their vegetable intake to at least 5 servings per day.
This study was supported in part by Campbell Soup Company who makes Low Sodium V8® 100% vegetable juice.
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