Juice concentrate supplement may aid childhood weight loss

A supplement made from fruit and vegetable concentrates could help boost health and fight fat in overweight children, say researchers.
The study – published in The Journal of Pediatrics – investigated the effects of supplementation with an encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (FVJC) along with nutritional counseling on fat levels (adiposity), serum beta-carotene, retinol, and retinol binding protein-4.

The authors noted that despite public health recommendations, few children meet the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. As such supplementation of essential nutrients – as an adjuvant to nutritional counseling therapy – may be of importance for the promotion children’s health and weight loss, said the US-based researchers.

Led by Dr Jose Canas, Nemours Children’s Clinic, USA, the research team revealed that supplementation with the juice concentrate was associated with an increase in serum beta-carotene concentrations, reduced abdominal adipose tissue and improved insulin resistance in overweight boys compared to the placebo group (who received just nutritional counseling).

“Although our study suggests beneficial effects of FVJC in the presence of nutritional counseling on adiposity and insulin resistance in prepubertal boys, we caution that FVJC capsules should not be considered as substitutes to the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables in children,” warned the researchers.


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