How many people get the five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day that most experts recommend? According to most surveys – not many. One quick and easy way to get more vegetables is to drink vegetable juice.
When you do, you may get an additional bonus. A recent study shows that drinking vegetable juice helps with weight loss – and may be especially beneficial to people who have metabolic syndrome.
In a study carried out at Baylor College of Medicine, overweight people with metabolic syndrome drank one or two servings of low sodium vegetable juice each day for three months – while eating a balanced DASH diet (a DASH diet is one that limits sodium and fat and emphasizes vegetables and whole grains).
A second group ate a similar diet, but drank no vegetable juice. The results? The veggie juice sippers lost an average of four pounds over the course of the twelve week study, while the group who didn’t only lost a pound.
Drinking vegetable juice – and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables – is particularly important for people who have metabolic syndrome.
These people have a cluster of signs and symptoms such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance that increases their risk for heart disease and types 2 diabetes.
This condition is growing more common – especially among people who are obese. It’s estimated that almost fifty million Americans meet the criterion for this disease.
Drinking vegetable juice has a variety of benefits both for weight loss and prevention of heart disease. Vegetable juice is a good source of potassium which helps to lower blood pressure and the antioxidants reduce chronic inflammation which can increase the risk of heart disease or a heart attack. Vegetable juice is low in calories and satisfying when drank with a meal which reduces the risk of overeating.
To get the benefits of drinking vegetable juice, it’s important to choose a low sodium juice since many commercial vegetable juices contain too much. An even better option is to make fresh vegetable juice at home using a juicer and fresh, organic vegetables. Be sure to save the vegetable fiber to use in soups and other recipes.