It's no big secret that carbonated and sugary drinks have seen a decline in popularity in the recent years, due to companies and health boards alike deeming the beverages poor for our wellness.
However, that has not stopped Japan from releasing a new Coca-Cola drink that, compared to its predecessors, is being billed as relatively health-oriented… or at the very least, not a health hazard.
Rocket News 24 reports that in the past, when a soda-pop beverage was being marketed as "healthy" in Japan, that usually meant that the soda contained less overall sugar than a typical beverage of that type would.
Now, however, this new Coca-Cola Plus is being marketed as a drink that may actually benefit the drinker's overall health, which could be a plus for Japan's aging population.
For one thing, Coca-Cola Plus has no sugar and calories, which is standard for any kind of "diet" soda you might pick up at your local grocery. However, this diet pop is definitely billed as beneficial to a consumer's health.
What makes Coca-Cola Plus stand out is that each bottle contains 0.18 ounce of indigestible dextrin and other dietary fibers. What that means, according to Rocket News 24, is that if a consumer was to drink one bottle of Coca-Cola Plus per day with meals, the beverage could help reduce the absorption of fat from the food and moderate the levels of triglycerides in the blood following food consumption.
Obviously, for the drink to give you its full health benefits, you would only be able to drink it while you were eating a meal. Since only one bottle is recommended per day, you'd be limiting yourself to a third of a bottle at each meal, assuming you eat three square meals per day.
Coca-Cola Plus is being given an official "Tokuho" rating from the company. For those who don't know, Rocket News 24 reports that "Tokutei Hokenyo Shokuhin" is a Japanese legal term that classifies products that have not actually passed the official tests legally required to be labeled a "health" product, but still claim to have health benefits.