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Pepsi special: Japan to get new fat-blocking soda variety

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Another week, another announcement of a weird variety of Pepsi being released in Japan. This time it claims to keep your body from absorbing fat. Kotaku reports that on November 13, Japanese Pepsi distributor Suntory will release a new kind of Pepsi cola called Pepsi Special, which includes the fiber molecule known as "dextrin," which some say helps prevent the digestive system from absorbing fat. Bottles of the soda will sell for 150 yen, about $1.87, across the country.

The Japanese government certifies these colas as "food for specific health use," partially on the basis of a 2006 study by Junichi Nagata and Morio Saito of Japan's National Institute of Health and Nutrition that indicated that rats fed dextrin and fat at the same time absorbed less of the fat than those that ate fat without dextrin.


apharel 8th-Nov-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
The drink sounds nice.

The animal testing does not. :(
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xoxeskel 8th-Nov-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
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lelomew 8th-Nov-2012 08:32 am (UTC)
Frigging shit. Is he diabetic yet?
tomoeicemaiden 8th-Nov-2012 05:17 am (UTC)
johnnypenn 8th-Nov-2012 05:06 am (UTC)
This is stupid.
If they don't want to get fat, than why not just choose to not drink soda? It's not like the company doesn't all ready have thousands of consumers, businesses, fast food joints and restaurants that sell their product but to placate a bunch of people, they make a "fat blocking" soda. Which isn't at all possible. I don't believe it will work at all.

Just don't drink it if you want to loose weight or not get fat. It's that simple.
mrwaffle 8th-Nov-2012 06:28 am (UTC)
My question is: how many calories does the drink have?! Carbs are probably far more responsible for people getting fat over 'actual' fat content...
awkward_as_heck 8th-Nov-2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
I hear you on the carbs thing. I was pretty sceptical about the 6 weeks to OMG diet (Basically advocates eating later in the day and eating a high protein, low carb diet) but I'll be damned if I didn't lose weight after cutting my carb portions like it suggested. They're fine if you're burning them but if not then all the 'diet' drinks in the world aren't going to help.
izabera 8th-Nov-2012 07:25 am (UTC)
Guess what happens to the fat that's not absorbed by your body? It has to go somewhere so it makes your poop oily with all the unpleasant side effects that entails.

This also doesn't discriminate between the 'good' fats and 'bad' fats you ate with your meal while drinking the soda. It blocks them all, depriving your body of the 'good' fats it needs to function.

What a stupid and potentially dangerous product.
lilly0 8th-Nov-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
lelomew 8th-Nov-2012 08:30 am (UTC)
Why would you even go for those drinks in the first place if you're such a health nut...

Anyway~ At least put it in Coke! Pepsi's pretty bleh to me.
lilly0 8th-Nov-2012 08:38 am (UTC)
This just sounds... weird. Better than drinking such a weird drink, is to follow a good and balanced diet.

@ OP: I've always wanted to tell you this, but: I love your icon <3

mintceres 8th-Nov-2012 09:52 am (UTC)
wow, how stunning.
all research done in research centers all over the world, looking for a cure for obesity is useless, a company specializing in sodas and drinks has found it.

btw, "dextrin" is nothing more than a carbohydrate. It does not get much absorbed in the gut, is used as a sweetener or as other additions to food. Absorbing fat and thus reducing calories from fat? Hell no.

edited for typos.

Edited at 2012-11-08 09:53 am (UTC)
litofroggy 8th-Nov-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh... What has Pepsi come up with?!

I would LIKE to see if it actually works. But I'm afraid it won't.
wheresthepaper 8th-Nov-2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
So.....Pepsi is trying to cash in on the success Mets cola has found here, then? Okay, lol. Whatever. I don't typically drink carbonated beverages anyway, as I don't really care for them that much.

I do try the seasonal Pepsis, however, simply to say I have done so. I mean, Watermelon Pepsi....XDDD It was nasty.
mjaytona 8th-Nov-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
soda that doesn't make you fat but absorbs fat and gets rid of it?? i don't buy it. it just sounds too good to be true for me.
lolufailhard 8th-Nov-2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
yes but humans actually need to absorb fat for energy and whatnot.... how is this actually....... healthy?
stole_away 10th-Nov-2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
just drink smthg else -.-
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