When we post a news story from Japan, it tends to invoke laughter or confusion. This story has both. In the Land of the Rising Sun, a new Diet Pepsi has been released. Not exactly mind blowing? In the words of the shamed ShamWow guy...wait there's more!!!
This Diet Pepsi from Japan isn't like the US version. Here in the States, they just reduce or eliminate the sugar which is empty calories and adds to America's weight problem. No In Japan, their Diet Pepsi contains a dietary fiber called dextrin which is indigestible. If you drink this while eating your body will have a harder time digesting the fat content of the food. So what does that mean? According to Pepsi, you can eat all the pizza, hamburgers, and chips you want without worrying about the fat. Eat away, chubby people! You're now safe. Kind of.
I was willing to fly over and be the guinea pig on this one, but then I read this about Dextrin:
Studies of humans ingesting dextrin suggest short-term risks including stomach pain, gas, and bloating," says Lilian Cheung, who is the editorial director of Nutrition Source which is the Harvard School of Public Health's nutrition website. "The long-term risks have not been studied.
Stomach pain, gas, and bloating or less soda? It's a tough choice. What they need is a pizza that counteracts stomach pain and a hamburger that makes you less bloated. Now that would be a perfect world.
[Source - Suntory (Japanese)]