A recent study of 81 adults (mostly women who had the metabolic syndrome, which is “pre-diabetes”) reported greater weight loss when vegetable juice was consumed daily. People in this study who drank 8 ounces of vegetable juice daily lost 4 pounds over 12 weeks whereas those who followed the same diet but did not drink veggie juice only lost 1 pound. All the participants followed the American Heart Association DASH diet. The DASH diet recommends a high intake of fruits and vegetables, high fiber, low fat, low salt and low fat dairy. The DASH diet is considered a low fat and low salt diet that can help control or prevent high blood pressure.
This is a preliminary study and more research is needed but drinking “low salt” vegetable juice every day is a great way to increase your intake of vegetables and may help shed some extra pounds.
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