ISLAMABAD: Vegetable juice is a drink made primarily of blended vegetables mixed with fruits such as tomatoes or grapes to improve flavor. Drinking V8 100 percent vegetable juice could help reduce weight.
Vegetable juices are commonly made from varying combinations of carrots, beets, pumpkin, and tomatoes etc, Health news reported.
The latter two, although not technically vegetables, are commonly used to increase palatability. Other popular items in vegetable juices are parsley, dandelion greens, kale, celery, fennel, and cucumbers. Lemon, garlic and ginger may be added by some for medicinal purposes.
Other common juices include carrot juice, tomato juice, turnip juice, and V8 Juice.
Study showed that overweight individuals with metabolic syndrome who drank one to two servings of V8 100 percent vegetable juice as part of diet lost more weight compared to non-juice drinkers.
Over the 12-week study period, the juice drinkers lost an average of four pounds compared to the non-juice drinkers who lost one pound.
In addition to weight loss, the vegetable juice drinkers had significant increases of vegetable intake, vitamin C and potassium over the course of the study compared to the non-juice drinkers.
In general, vegetable juices are recommended as supplements to whole vegetables, rather than as a replacement.
Recent study found that juices provide the same health benefits as whole vegetables in terms of reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Another study has found that drinking vegetable juice reduces risks of Alzheimer’s disease by 76%.
Many popular vegetable juices, particularly ones with high tomato content, are high in sodium, and therefore consumption of them for health must be carefully considered. Some vegetables such as beets also contain large amounts of sugar, so care must be taken when adding these to juices.
Fresh vegetables juice helps supply your body with readily available nutrition. It not only tastes great, but it helps you eat, or in this case, drink more vegetables in a day than you normally would.
It’s a well known fact that your body needs optimal nutrition to be healthy. Nutrition is fuel for the body. Every action of your body requires nutrition. Your body requires nutrition in order for your organs, glands, bones and every other component of your body to be healthy.
By enjoying fresh vegetable juice, you help to ensure the consistency needed to obtain the long term benefits, study revealed. —APP