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

Special Zero Cola Drink

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.

Nutritional Values

Pepsi Special Zero Cola Nutrition Facts Label

Coca Cola Plus Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

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.

Pepsi Special Zero (per 490ml) vs Coca-Cola Plus (per 470ml)
 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

Dosage

If you want to see their benefits, you need to drink one bottle per day during a meal. 

Taste

Pepsi Special Zero Cola

Coca Cola Plus Japan's Tokuho Drink

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.

Conclusion

So your best option here would be decided by which cola, Coke or Pepsi, you like better.

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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