Fiber from your soda? Pepsi is claiming that their new soda – Pepsi Special has “fat-blocking” properties due to the added fiber in the form of dextrin. So what are other uses there for dextrin? Let’s see; there is children’s glue, the squishy foot pads we put in our shoes, oh yeah, and processed foods. YUCK!
Dextrin is a colorless, tasteless, gummy substance (as defined by Mosby’s Medical Dictionary). If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it’s best to avoid dextrin because it comes from wheat starch.
Pepsi cites studies on rats that show reduced cholesterol and blocked fat from using dextrin, claiming that these effects can also impact people.
How about fruits and veggies? It seems that soluble fiber via fruits and veggies with all their vitamins and minerals would be a better choice than a “gummy, colorless, tasteless substance” with 69 grams of carbohydrates, heaps of high fructose corn syrup, and the 250 calories that are found in a 20-ounce bottle of Pepsi.