Coca-Cola is now selling a soda with added fiber and it is called Coca-Cola Plus, which rolled out in Japan in February 2017. The company was reported to have spent more than a decade in researching and developing the drink, which is calorie-free, sugar-free and contains 5 grams of dietary fiber in each bottle.
But is Adding Fiber into Coke, Helpful?
Coca-cola claimed that this product is meant for a “health-conscious consumer.” According to Coca-Cola, one Coke Plus a day, which is only currently available only in Japan-can help “suppress fat absorption” and “moderate the levels of triglycerides in your blood.”
According to Cynthia Sass, a registered dietician and nutritionist, adding fiber to soda of any kind, whether diet or regular, does not make it healthy. Even if a double-blind study compared Coke Plus to a placebo supported these claims, she still would not recommend the soda.
First of all, the added fiber is bundled with artificial sweetener, and artificial sweeteners can bring havoc in your body. Studies have suggested they may increase your sweet cravings, potentially induce glucose intolerance, alter gut bacteria, raise your stroke and dementia risk and modify metabolism in ways that increase your body fat.
Secondly, soda is not the source, where you should be getting your fiber. Fiber is very important. But adding it to foods like ice cream, candy, donuts and soda is not very helpful. Your overall diet has the greatest impact on disease and wellness prevention.
The benefits of fiber do not cancel out the risks of consuming too much artificial additives, sugar or missing out on antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and a healthy balance of macronutrients, such as carbs, protein and fat.
So if you want ice cream or sweets, consider it a treat, and enjoy your favorite version of the real thing. Do not think that adding any kind of nutrient to an ice cream makes it good for you or it will make it okay to eat every day.
As for fiber, recommended fiber intake daily is 25-30 grams per day. The smartest way to fill the gap is to increase your intake of whole foods that are fiber-rich and also full of other important nutrients. The best sources include pulses (such as lentils, beans, chickpeas and peas); vegetables (like broccoli, artichokes and Brussels sprouts), fruits (blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears, mangos and oranges), whole grains and nuts.
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