Tokuho: Pepsi Special Zero vs Coca Cola Plus
“Tokuho (トクホ, 特保)” is the shortened term for “Tokutei Hoken-Yo Shokuhin (特定保険用食品: Food for Specified Health Uses or FOSHU)” whose permission is granted by the Japanese government.
The foods are meant for specified health uses, and compared to others, have guaranteed benefits.
Pepsi Special Zero vs Coca Cola Plus
Actually, in Japan, Coca-Cola and Pepsi both offer government-designated PET bottles of Tokuho cola, respectively named Coca Cola Plus and Pepsi Special Zero, and each contains the water-soluble dietary fiber “indigestible dextrin” in it.
Since the substance called indigestible dextrin suppresses the fat absorption from the meal and moderates the increase of neutral fat in blood after eating, Pepsi Special Zero and Coca-Cola Plus are both recommended for people with high triglyceride levels.
But specifically, what are these Coke and Pepsi like? Today, I will compare the 2 beverages and give you in-depth information about them.
Price and Volume
First of all, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of Pepsi Special Zero is 150 yen (about 1.4 USD) and the carbonated drink comes in a 490 ml bottle. On the other hand, Coca-Cola Plus is priced at 158 yen and its volume is 470 ml.
Next, here are probably the most important, the nutrition facts. To make it easy to compare, I listed the nutritional values of the 2 beverages in the table below.
|Calories||0 kcal||0 kcal|
|Protein||0 g||0 g|
|Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Carbohydrates||6.4 g||5.2 g|
|– Sugars||0 g||0 g|
|– Dietary Fibers||5.4 g (Indigestible Dextrin: 5 g)||5.2 g (Indigestible Dextrin: 5 g)|
|Salt Equivalents||0.04 to 0.12 g||0.08 g|
|Caffeine||25 mg||45 mg|
|Pottasium||About 30 mg||–|
|Phosphorus||About 80 mg||–|
If you want to see their benefits, you need to drink one bottle per day during a meal.
The taste of Pepsi Special Zero is almost the same as regular Pepsi Zero, and Coca-Cola Plus is as easy to drink as Coca-Cola Zero.
So your best option here would be decided by which cola, Coke or Pepsi, you like better.