Proving the continued grip “gut health” has on us as a population, Olipop’s prebiotic root beer–inspired beverage is officially the best-selling single-serve root beer in the U.S., surpassing A&W, the largest root beer supplier in the country. That’s according to SPINS 12-Week Data on single-serve root beer items.
Unlike traditional sodas, Olipop touts itself for being a healthier alternative in the fizzy drink aisle, with purported digestive health benefits from added botanicals, plant fibers and prebiotics. The classic root beer flavor contains 35 calories and 9 grams of fiber per can and is sweetened with stevia. (The brand is also launching a lemon-lime flavor, which may give your usual Sprite a run for its money.)
But what are prebiotics anyway, and what do nutritionists actually have to say about prebiotic sodas? Because it seems like every day a new can pops up in our store.
In short, prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut—they’re like food for probiotics.