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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 13, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
No, really! OK, so this prolly shoulda gone on the
"You can't make this sh!t up" thread.
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Pepsi Launches New "Weight-Loss Soda"

Credit: Reilly

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the so-called soft drink czar who has banned sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces in New York City, probably didn’t expect this development. Pepsi Tuesday launched a version of its popular cola in Japan that claims to block the absorption of fat. Could this new version of Pepsi solve Americans’ neck-and-neck desires for weight loss and sugary, super-sized beverages?

Simply called Pepsi Special, the caffeinated soft drink has the added ingredient dextrin, a natural water-soluble dietary fiber derived from potatoes. Japanese commercials touting the product’s effectiveness for weight loss even go as far as to ask, “Why choose between a hamburger and a slice of pizza? If you choose Pepsi Special, you can have both!” But does it work? Pepsi claims that dextrin slows the absorption of fat in the body by binding with it and eliminating it as waste, not reserving it as empty calories.

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Dextrin's Dubious Weight-Loss History

Pepsi is basing its claims on a Japanese study published in 2006 that showed that rats fed dextrin actually absorbed less fat than those that were not. And while some of the science behind dextrin is solid, chances are your stools won’t be if you overindulge. That’s right—just like the promises made in the late 1990s when U.S. snack food companies added olestra to salty snacks like potato chips, that fat-blocking ingredient also destroyed a substantial amount of valuable nutrients and gave junk-food junkies more than they bargained for in terms of eliminating the additive.

Americans who enjoyed foods with olestra experienced bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and frequently had loose bowel movements. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defends olestra, even though its use is banned in the United Kingdom and in Canada. As it turns out, dextrin produces the same results, and has already been given the less-than-cheeky nickname “Pepsi Poop.”

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A Closer Look at Dextrin

Several U.S.-based research studies have examined the health benefits of dextrin and the reviews are mixed.

While the natural additive did help reduce levels of fat in the body, its overall effect is considered modest. In order for dextrin to really absorb enough fat to cause a considerate weight loss, chances are its adverse effects—like frequent diarrhea, gas, and bloating—would be overwhelming.

However, dextrin did offer other health benefits, described in a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology that claims it “improved glucose tolerance in lab mice [and therefore prevented their obesity].”

Another U.S. study published in a 2006 issue of Nutrition claimed dextrin “shows promise is reducing the negative effects of a diet high in cholesterol.”

Those claims were echoed in an earlier 2004 study conducted by the Japan Functional Food Research Association, a non-profit organization. In that report, dextrin’s beneficial uses “promoted blood sugar regulation and suppressed the adverse affects of [high] serum cholesterol.”

The Final Word

While Pepsi’s claims that its new and improved cola beverage is smooth and mimics the popular non-diet version of its soft drink, let the buyer beware. If the claims seem too good to be true, then they most likely are.

While a little dextrin won’t send you rushing to the nearest washroom, chances are a diet punctuated by more than one daily serving of Pepsi Special may be much more than you bargained for—and it still contains high levels of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

If you genuinely want to lose weight or increase your intake of fiber, it’s better to do so by eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. And believe it or not, the best method to successful weight loss remains diet and exercise, not by gulping a popular soft drink with a secret ingredient
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
Why choose between a hamburger and a slice of pizza? If you choose Pepsi Special, you can have both!”

Classic, tell the people what they want to hear. I am sure Dextrin has a wonderful side effect we will discover a decade from now.

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:57pm PT

I feel really sorry for the Stupid Among Us who believe this blather.

A long way from where I started
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Depending on your mash temperature, there can be lot of unfermentable dextrins in beer. They're extremely useful, providing body to many beers.

So, does this mean that if I have a pizza and a burger, all I have to do to stay slim is drink a lot of beer?

I always thought it was a fairly rigorous exercise program that kept me in shape, but maybe it was the beer all along.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
So at best it means big solid mega turds?
I'm glad I don't drink soft drinks.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2012 - 06:07pm PT
Ghost, you know in yer heart.

And don't overlook the benefits of a good margarita, or nine...
Credit: Reilly

Nov 13, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Dextrin works... to a degree

Side effect is massive skid marks on your trousers from the oily gas you will expel.

Its a rather... unpleasant way to lose weight.

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2012 - 07:03am PT
just when you want to disagree with "the chief" about the benefits science has brought to society Pepsi special comes out. Coincidence or conspiracy?
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