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A Glass a Day May Help you Meet Daily Vegetable Recommendations

A new study to be presented this week at the American Dietetic Association's annual conference found that drinking vegetable juice may be a good way to help people meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vegetables.

Researchers from the University of California-Davis recruited 90 healthy men and women aged 40-65 for the study. Participants were split into three groups and each received dietary counseling on how to get more vegetables in their diet.

The first group was instructed to consume one 8 oz serving of V8® vegetable juice daily, the second group was asked to consume two servings daily, and the third group received only traditional dietary counseling.

The researchers found that nearly everyone in the group that drank two glasses a day met the RDA of five vegetable servings. More than half of participants who drank one glass of vegetable juice a day met the RDA. Only a quarter of those who drank no vegetable juice managed to acquire the recommended five servings, despite receiving dietary counseling.

According to study author Carl Keen, “drinking vegetable juice seemed to address some of the key barriers to vegetable consumption such as convenience, portability and taste, so individuals were more likely to meet their daily recommendations."

Vegetables are essential to good health, yet seven out of ten Americans still don't meet the RDA of five servings. This could be because getting more vegetables is sometimes inconvenient and hard to sustain.

According to these results, drinking vegetable juice could be an easy way to bridge the RDA gap. Participants in the study noted that they enjoyed drinking their vegetables and found it easy to include a glass or two of vegetable juice in their daily routine.

So next time you sit down for a meal, try substituting your favorite soft drink with a little vegetable juice. V8 is a good option but be sure to go for the low sodium brand, as traditional V8 is high in sodium. You may be pleasantly surprised how tasty this convenient and healthy option is.
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