Health Benefits of Japan-Limited Coca Cola Plus
Since the green tea PET bottle Iyemon Tokucha was introduced in 2013 by Suntory, over the last several years, various beverages with functional health benefits have come out one after another in Japan, which include Sunroy Kuro Oolong Tea and what I introduce here Coca Cola Plus.
Coca Cola Plus
As with Suntory’s Iyemon Tokucha Green Tea and Kuro Oolong Tea, the Coke variety released by Coca Cola Japan in 2017 and sold only in Japan, Coca Cola Plus has been designated by the Japanese government as “Tokuho (トクホ)”, or “Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU)”.
Although Coke is associated with an unhealthy drink containing lots of sugar and caffeine and is often said to rot teeth, in addition to having no calories, the Japanese Tokuho beverage Coca-Cola Plus has a beneficial physiological effect.
Actually, the Japanese Coke contains 5 grams of the water-soluble dietary fiber “indigestible dextrin” per one bottle (470 ml), which helps suppress the absorption of fat taken from the meal and moderates the increase of neutral fat in blood after eating.
By the way, according to the nutrition facts label, this Coke contains 45 mg of caffeine per one bottle (470 ml).
If you want to see its benefits, you need to drink one bottle of Coca Cola Plus (470 ml) per day during a meal.
Coca Cola Plus is a zero-calorie drink and has a sweet taste characteristic of sweetener, like the flavor of Coca Cola Zero. But it tastes pretty good and is less acidic than regular Coke, quite easy to drink.
Price and Where to Buy
Coca-Cola Plus is not only sold at supermarkets and drugstores around the country but the functional drink can also be bought from vending machines scattered around the city. It is available for 170 yen (about 1.6 USD) or so.