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Another Health Fraud -- “Fat-Blocking” Soda

Drinking Soda

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  • Pepsi Special is being marketed as a “fat-blocking soda,” as it claims to help reduce your body’s absorption of fat.
  • Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition allows the soda to bear the designation as a “food for specified health use.” These are foods that are intended to be consumed “by people who wish to control health conditions, including blood pressure or blood cholesterol.”
  • Soda is a leading contributor to the rising rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases facing much of the developed world, and any claims that adding fiber to it will make transform it into a health drink are simply beyond deceptive.

By Dr. Mercola

"Pepsi Special" is the latest "healthy soda" to hit the market, this time in Japan. Infused with dextrin, a type of fiber that's popular in fiber supplements in the U.S., Pepsi Special is being marketed as a "fat-blocking soda," as it claims to help reduce your body's absorption of fat.

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