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Looking for Healthy, Good-For-You Soda Pop? Read on!

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Soda. Pop. Soda Pop. Coke. Soft drinks are called many things, depending on where one lives.

But what brings us together is our collective love for the stuff.

Soft drinks quench our thirst and when we're really thirsty, there's nothing like that sweet, cold and fizzy refreshing taste to make us feel better. Even for those who don't care too much for pop (including me) sometimes a cold glass of San Pellegrino Limonata or a half a glass of ice -old regular Coke is like heaven -- especially if I'm sick.

But while pop may be called "fat-free", it's really not. One 12-ounce can has up to 12 teaspoons of sugar (just picture that) and has plenty of calories too. If not used immediately, the body converts the sugar into fat.

Diet pop isn't really healthier -- not when new studies show it's linked to heart disease and strokes. You can read more about that here: http://www.empowher.com/heart-attack/content/diet-soda-tied-heart-attack...

According to the EmpowHER article, 7 Reasons to Eliminate Soda from Your Diet, by Deborah Dera, the reasons are that:

It's addictive
It's full of calories
It dehydrates
It takes calcium away from the bones
It's bad for your teeth
It contains artificial sweeteners
It's bad for the heart

Kirin, the manufacturer of a soft drink called Mets Cola (with the Mets logo looking very like the logo for the baseball team) are releasing the product for sale at the end of April. They say that tests showed no change in neutral fats in the body after consumption. Neutral fats are often found in the often troublesome thighs and belly area.

Mets Cola contains an indigestible form of dextrin -- something that is sometimes used as a fiber supplement. The drink contains no sweeteners at all. As to whether it tastes like real cola, only time will tell.

The company wants to target younger consumers who have either given up pop altogether or who are worried about consuming soft drinks in general. Kirin wants to see Mets Cola sold where comfort and fast food are sold, believing it will go down well with burgers, fries and pizzas. It will cost about $1.80 for a 16-ounce bottle.

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