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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. Most U.S. adults don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables each day. Vegetable juice is a very good, portable option and may be a good way to help close the gap.

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