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Pepsi Special Aims to Make the Japanese Skinnier with a High-Fiber Additive

Pepsi-Cola isn’t exactly in a healthy industry. Over the past years, big soda companies like Pepsi and Coke have been scrutinized for contributing to the obesity epidemic. In light of this, Pepsi just announced a new fiber-infused flavor, “Pepsi Special,” that claims to reduce fat levels in the body. The product is only sold in Japan.

Pepsi Special contains dextrin, “a type of ‘functional fiber,’” explained our resident dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD. “This is a fiber isolated or extracted from a plant (or, in some cases, manufactured) added to a food. Dextrins are true soluble fibers that can help improve digestion. They act as ‘prebiotics,’ undigested fibers that feed the friendly bacteria in the colon.”

Benefits of dextrin include stabilizing blood glucose, regulating insulin, reducing risk of heart disease, and reducing cholesterol and fat cell levels in the body. Dextrin can be found in glue products as well, but it’s not safe to consume in that form. There are a number of foods and medications that contain dextrin and have for about half a century, notes Hartley. “Most people eat some dextrins every day without noticing a change in weight,” she said.

Will drinking the new Pepsi product make you skinnier? Probably not.

“Pepsi Special is a gimmick. It is just another product to increase market share,” calls out Hartley.
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5 High-Fiber Foods You Should be Eating More Often

Foods with high fiber content provide many health benefits for both men and women, including improved digestion and greater satiety. Eating foods packed with fiber can help reduce hunger between meals, making them ideal for managing your caloric intake.

Here are five high-fiber foods you should consider adding to your diet:

Popcorn is one of the most popular snack foods in America. From movie theaters to baseball games, popcorn is easily accessible. Not all popcorn is created equal, however. The buttered popcorn you find at the store and the theatre can be loaded with fat from excessive butter and other unhealthy toppings. Plain popcorn without any additional toppings is the way to go. Because plain popcorn is also low in calories, it’s a great snack for those looking to lose weight.
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GNU Natural Food Bars Are a Tasty Snack with 12 Grams of Fiber

If you’ve ever been on the hunt for a truly healthy granola bar, then you know how difficult finding the perfect bar can be. With so many overly-processed, calorie- and sugar-laden bars on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry – we’ve made your search a little easier with the introduction of GNU foods natural flavor and fiber bars.


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Luna Introduces New Fiber Bars in Three Delicious Flavors

If you’re the snack bar type like me, then you have something new to rejoice over.

The LUNA Bar company has just released a new line of healthy snack bars that have a specific emphasis on fiber. The bars come in three delicious flavors – vanilla blueberry, chocolate raspberry, and peanut butter strawberry. And they all pack an impressive nutritional punch.


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What Being Regular Really Means

Let’s get personal, shall we?

The other day while driving back to the office from lunch, I felt the urge to use the restroom. And for some reason in that moment, I realized I do so a lot, perhaps more than the average person.

I’ve always thought that was because I’m typically well hydrated, drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe I was frequenting the loo too often. Gasp. So, I started to wonder how many times a healthy person should go to the bathroom a day. Our resident dietitian Mary Hartley, RD gladly weighed in.
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