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Vegetable juice could help dieters

April 22, 2009 10:20:21 PM PDT
For anyone who has found those last few pounds difficult to lose, there may be a solution. A new study says that adults who drank at least 8 ounces of low sodium vegetable juice as part of a low calorie diet lost 4 pounds over 12 weeks.

The study was conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine.

The key study findings include:

On average, the vegetable juice drinkers lost four pounds over 12 weeks, while those who did not drink juice lost one pound .

Vegetable juice drinkers were more likely to meet the daily government recommendations of 3-5 servings of vegetables (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups). Seven out of 10 American adults fall short of recommendations.

Vegetable juice drinkers significantly increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake.

"Diet and body weight are key modifiable factors in changing the course of metabolic syndrome," said John Foreyt, PhD, study author and Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine. "What this study shows is that by taking simple, proactive steps such as drinking low sodium vegetable juice while watching calorie intake, people can begin to control their weight, which helps reduce the risk of long-term health implications."

Research funding was provided in part by Campbell Soup Company, which makes V-8 Vegetable Juice, and supported by resources from Baylor College of Medicine and the University of California-Davis.


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