Vegetable Juice may help with weight loss, but unless it’s mixed with vodka and Tabasco sauce, I’m not interested.
I don’t see the point. Just like fruit juice, vegetable juice lacks fiber, which defeats an important purpose of eating vegetables.
But some experts suggest drinking a glass of vegetable juice each day may help overweight dieters lose more weight.
And they claim drinking veggies increases vitamin intake and overall consumption of vegetables.
Here’s the kicker though, the research, discussed at this year’s Experimental Biology conference, was funded by the Campbell Soup Company, makers of V8 Vegetable Juice, but let’s forget about this for a moment.
Study participants on a calorie-controlled diet drinking at least 8 ounces of vegetable juice each day lost 4 more pounds after 12 weeks (source), but those following the same diet without vegetable juice only dropped 1 pound.
Kind of a horrible diet either way, only 1 or 4 additional pounds over 12 weeks is pretty pathetic.
However, people drinking juice were more likely to get the recommended 3 to 5 servings of vegetables daily and to have higher levels of vitamin C and potassium. And researchers point out vegetable consumption helps stifle appetite too.
Goes Back to the Fiber Issue
Veggies are packed with fiber and low in calories, which fills your stomach, leaving you feeling satisfied without over-consuming.
Veggies are great, but if this study isn’t convincing enough. Check out actor John Leguizamo, a.k.a. Captain Vegetable commit career suicide as he extols the virtues of vegetables on Sesame Street. It’s hard to watch, really.
Not All Veggie Juice is Created Equal
It may be tempting for dieters to run out to the grocery store and stock up on pre-made juices like V8.
However, many of the canned veggie juices have a lot of added sodium and are heavy on the tomatoes, but lacking in the dark greens.
There are of course premium brands, but they will cost you.
Make your own!
You can buy a juicer and experiment with different combinations of high nutrient vegetables. This can be fun to do as a family.
Even better, we recommend using a good blender and make smoothies rather than juices. Smoothies contain a lot more fiber than juices and are less wasteful.
However, some vegetables would have to be peeled prior to using them in a smoothie. My favorite are fruit and veggie blends.
Vegetables to Choose
Kale, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, beet root, watercress, mint, cucumber, wheat grass, bell peppers, purple cabbage, parsley, celery