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What Is Prebiotic Soda?
There’s a new soda on the scene and it’s here to help support your digestive health. It’s called prebiotic soda and it’s packed with gut-supporting prebiotic fiber. But what exactly makes prebiotic fiber so special? And are these sodas as good for you as they say?
Read on to learn more about these better-for-you soda alternatives and the power behind prebiotics. It won’t be long till you’re tempted to grab one off the shelf to try for yourself!
What Is Prebiotic Soda?
Prebiotic soda is a soda alternative packed with prebiotic fiber to support your gut. By adding nutritious, high-fiber ingredients, prebiotic soda joins the soda aisle as a healthier, gut-friendly option for soda drinkers.
Prebiotic Soda vs. Regular Soda
Just like regular soda, prebiotic soda features a delicious taste and bubbly soda experience once you pop open the can. Yet a quick look at the back ingredient label highlights just how different it is from a regular can of soda.
Fewer Sugar Calories
Many prebiotic sodas contain far fewer sugar calories than a standard can of soda. OLIPOP, a prebiotic soda, contains 2-5 g of sugar while the leading soda brands contain anywhere from 39 to 45 g of added sugar.
Prebiotic sodas also contain more natural vs artificial ingredients like natural vanilla or caramel flavoring and real fruit juice that help make them a healthier choice.
Instead of the high fructose corn syrup you’ll find in a regular soda, prebiotic sodas like OLIPOP use natural flavors instead, like cassava root syrup and stevia leaf. These ingredients provide the soda-sweet flavor you know and love (without all that extra sugar).
Packed With Prebiotics
As the name suggests, prebiotic soda contains a special kind of fiber called “prebiotics” that you won’t find in a regular can of soda. Nutritious, high-fiber ingredients like kudzu root extract, chicory root inulin, and Jerusalem artichoke inulin provide a great source of prebiotic fiber, helping support digestive health.
What Are Prebiotics?
Your gut has its own mini-ecosystem of trillions of bacteria and other organisms that break down the food you eat, help defend against germs, release energy, and produce vitamins. And just like any other living species, this ecosystem needs food to survive.1
And that’s where prebiotics come in.
Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. When you eat (or drink!) prebiotic fiber, it passes through undigested to your lower digestive tract where it quickly becomes a food source for those trillions of bacteria living in your gut.2
These trillions of bacteria in your gut—also called your gut microbiota—work hard to keep everything running smoothly for your overall health and wellness.3 And prebiotic fiber is the key to keeping your gut microbiota happy and healthy.
Prebiotics vs. Probiotics: What’s the Difference?
Prebiotics are the food source for those healthy gut bacteria. And those healthy gut bacteria are called probiotics. In other words, prebiotics feed probiotics.
You need both prebiotics and probiotics in your diet to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics enhance the diversity of your gut microbiome by introducing helpful bacteria into your gut ecosystem. Prebiotics feed that ecosystem of gut bacteria so they can continue doing their very important job of keeping you healthy.4
There are plenty of foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics. To maintain a healthy diversity of gut microbiota it’s best to enjoy a variety of high prebiotic and probiotic food sources:
Probiotic Food Sources
Prebiotic Soda vs. Kombucha
Kombucha is quickly becoming a popular drink. But don’t mistake its fizzy flavor for a prebiotic soda. Kombucha is a fermented black tea drink that’s known for having several health benefits. Prebiotic soda, on the other hand, is a healthier carbonated soda beverage.
They’re both fizzy drinks that support a healthy gut. But prebiotic soda contains prebiotics while kombucha contains probiotics. The prebiotics in prebiotic soda feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut while the probiotics in kombucha add more healthy bacteria to your ecosystem.4
Prebiotic Food Sources
You can find prebiotics in food and drinks such as:
- Whole grains
- Fruits and vegetables (like bananas, leafy greens, onions, garlic, soybeans, and artichokes)
- Prebiotic sodas (like OLIPOP!)
Is Prebiotic Soda Good for You?
Yes! Prebiotic sodas are a much healthier alternative to a regular can of high-sugar soda.
Many prebiotic sodas are an excellent source of prebiotic fiber, which, as we’ve mentioned, is super important for your gut health. And since the average American is not getting enough fiber, adding a prebiotic fiber soda to your diet could be a great way to stock up on this gut-healthy ingredient.5
Prebiotic fiber takes care of your gut which offers a ton of health benefits:
- Supports a healthy immune system6
- Increases beneficial bacteria while decreasing harmful bacteria populations6 7
- Reduces occasional bloating and other digestive discomforts11
- Helps promote regular bowel movements2 3
- Facilitates calcium and other nutrient absorption8
- Breaks down cholesterol to sustain a healthier heart9
But it’s not just all that healthy fiber that makes prebiotic sodas good for you!
A regular can of soda has nothing nutritious about it. But prebiotic sodas offer up natural and nutritious ingredients that support your gut without overloading you with sugar. This means you’re limiting your sugar intake and upping your nutrient intake by swapping out your regular can of soda for a prebiotic one.
When Should You Drink Prebiotic Soda?
Some prebiotic sodas contain caffeine, which means it’s best to enjoy those at least two hours before you go to bed. But in general, you can enjoy a prebiotic soda whenever you want to pop open a can of delicious and nutritious flavor!
Just like a regular can of soda, prebiotic sodas pair well with a hearty meal or on their own. Or add them to your next cooking recipe!
OLIPOP: A Healthy, Prebiotic Soda
Ready to make a soda swap and add more prebiotics to your diet? Look no further than OLIPOP.
We’re a prebiotic soda with 9g of gut-supporting fiber from ingredients such as chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, and Nopal cactus. Our high-fiber ingredients have been researched and tested to deliver a revolution in gut health and the formation of new beneficial gut bacteria.
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- Edgar, J. (2009, November 27). IBS Supplements: Fiber, Probiotics, Prebiotics, and More. WebMD. Retrieved August 30, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/ibs/features/supplements-for-ibs-what-works
- Prebiotic soda is a soda alternative packed with prebiotic fiber to support your gut
- Prebiotic sodas are a much healthier alternative to a regular can of high-sugar soda
- Prebiotic sodas contain more natural vs artificial ingredients that help make them a healthier choice
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