Posted by: 4pack | April 22, 2009

“Ideal Diet”: Low Sodium Vegetable Juice Is Shown To Help With Weight Loss As Appetite Can Be Suppressed Naturally

tomato-juice“There is also a long-term belief that a high fruit and vegetable diet is associated with lower body weight,” added Keen, who is with the University of California, Davis.


In a study, adults who drank at least 8 ounces of vegetable juice as part of a calorie-controlled heart-healthy diet lost 4 pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the veggie juice lost only 1 pound.


It’s possible, study investigator Dr. Carl L. Keen told Reuters Health, that vegetable juice helps reduce a person’s appetite.


All of the study subjects were encouraged to follow the American Heart Association’s “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension,” or DASH, diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, fiber, minerals and low-fat dairy products and low in saturated fat and salt. In addition, they were randomly assigned to drink 0, 1, or 2 cups of low sodium, high potassium vegetable juice every day for 12 weeks.


The vegetable juice drinkers — in addition to losing more weight over 12 weeks than the non-juice drinkers — were also more likely to get the recommended 3 to 5 servings of vegetables daily.


Vegetable juice drinkers also 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,” principal investigator Dr. John Foreyt, of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, noted in a written statement.


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