A DASH of vegetable juice helps the double whopper bacon cheeseburger go down

April 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm 1 comment

With apologies to Mary Poppins. Breaking news from the FASEB conference in New Orleans this week: vegetable juice may aid weight loss. A 12-week study in 81 individuals with metabolic syndrome found that of the 60 people (74%) who completed the twelve week study, those assigned to drink one or two cups of low sodium vegetable juice as well as receiving advice about the DASH diet (Dietary Advice to Stop Hypertension – high in fruit and veg, low-fat dairy, fibre and minerals; low in total and saturated fat and salt) were more likely to achieve 3-5 servings of vegetables daily than those who were assigned to the no-juice, DASH advice-only group. They also had lower leptin levels (a hormone that affects appetite). But here’s the big news that hit all the wire services today: the vegetable juice group lost a staggering FOUR POUNDS on average over the three month trial period compared with only ONE POUND for those in the no-juice group. Who runs these things?!

Actually, the DASH diet is pretty healthy. While metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease including excess body fat around the middle, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol – can make weight loss more difficult, one can only assume that these people had some adherence issues.

While it is generally not recommended that you drink too many calories, and if you must drink fruit juice, limit it to one cup a day due to the relatively high sugar and low fibre content, I’m not sure the same applies to vegetable juice – at least with respect to the sugars. Interestingly, many vegetable juices taste much more palatable than the vegetables themselves, and can be ‘slipped in’ to a more palatable concoction to get a range of vegetables if you’re not that keen on eating your greens (and reds, and purples, and whites). Still, drinking is rarely as satisfying as eating (unless there are pina coladas involved). I’d suggest taking your veggie (or veggie/fruit mix) juice with a meal, rather than on its own. And if you have, or can afford, a VitaMix – you can mush whole fruit and veg to within an inch of their lives and get the benefit of the juice with all the fibre too. Otherwise, raw or lightly steamed fresh or high-quality frozen veg is the way to go.

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  • 1. Cynthia  |  May 17, 2009 at 1:55 am

    You know, I hate veggie juice. I like all veggies, but have never been crazy over them juiced. So I think I’ll continue just eating them, aside from the occasional carrot or handful of greens in a smoothie.

    The VitaMix does a nifty quickie tomato soup that I like though.

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