Coca-Cola seeks patent on new sugar-free fiber drink

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new sugar-free beverage with added fiber, according to a report from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

As the patent noted, "the present invention relates generally to the field of beverages and beverage concentrates. In particular, the invention relates to a novel sugar-free beverage concentrate with fiber."

The Chronicle noted, the new drink can be either carbonated or noncarbonated and also can be frozen and used in any known beverage dispenser.

Coca-Cola's preferable goal, as the application noted, is to have the fiber content of the concentrated beverage from between 15% and 25% in a weight/volume percentage, but may vary from as little as 0.1% to about 30%. "The fiber content of the sugar-free beverage concentrate is present in a weight/volume percentage of between about 0.1% and about 30%, preferably between about 1% and about 25%, more preferably between about 10% and about 25% and even more preferably between about 15% and about 25%."

Consuming the recommended amount of dietary fiber in a daily diet is an important part of a healthy diet, according to some health experts. As the Mayo Clinic noted, fiber can help lower cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels and also can help to maintain a healthy body weight.

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