Well, well look at what Pepsi has come up with now, a “fat fighting soda”. This recent development may take the soda wars to another level. “Pepsi Special,” is currently only available in Japan, it contains dextrin, which is a type of dietary fiber that dissolves in water and is found in supplements. In a press release, Pepsi said that the drink acts by “suppressing the absorption of fat” and slowing the increase in triglycerides after a meal, potentially making this world’s first “healthy” soda.
A 2006 study by Japanese researchers found that rats fed dextrin for 28 days had lower triglyceride levels, but the long-term effects in people are unknown. And unsurprisingly, nutrition experts have cried foul.”You shouldn’t add good things to bad things because that could encourage people to eat something that isn’t healthy for them,” Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), told TIME’s Healthland.
Now fiber, of course, does have its health benefits, it helps you get that full feeling and helps regulate the digestive system, lowers cholesterol levels, and may also decreases your risk of heart disease . But instead of taking it down with lots of empty calories, all you have to do is eat a diet rich in healthy whole foods that are naturally high in fiber, like beans, brown rice, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain cereals.
Let’s just hope they don’t bring that mess over here! We just need to be mindful of what we eat and stay active to achieve successful weight loss by not getting addicted to these caffeinated stool softeners!