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A glass of orange-red vegetable juice next to a bunch of carrots and two tomatoes on a wood surfaceDrinking at least one glass of low sodium vegetable juice every day may help overweight dieters lose more weight.

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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 that vegetable juice helps reduce a person’s appetite. There is also a long-term belief that a high fruit and vegetable diet is associated with lower body weight.

All 81 participants in the study, almost three-quarters of whom were women, had metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors including excess body fat around the middle, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It’s estimated that 47 million Americans have some combination of these risk factors, placing them at increased risk diabetes and heart disease.

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