Researchers at Baylor School of Medicine studied overweight adults who had metabolic syndrome, a constellation of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes (such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high triglycerides). One group of participants drank at least eight ounces of low-sodium vegetable juice daily for 12 weeks as part of a calorie restricted diet... a second group followed the same diet but did not drink the juice.

Results: Participants assigned to the vegetable juice group lost four pounds, on average compared with a loss of only one pound, on average, for the no-juice group.

More research is needed... but in the meantime, drinking vegetable juice on a regular basis can't hurt and may help you meet the goal of increasing vegetable intake while reducing your appetite.

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