On Day 158 of my challenge to experience that which is Brazilian, I came across a woman in the grocery store offering samples of a drink. At first I ignored her, but the word “fibra” caught my eye. I inquired and she told me about the new product she was promoting – water with fiber in it. I had to buy.
HA! I thought. If you are in the U.S. and want to see how one can consume the only positive thing about a broccoli in a bottle of clear water, you are going to have to come to Brazil because this concept is going to be tied up with the FDA for decades! Still, I did a little research. The only information I could find relating bottled fiber water to the U.S. was this site from a woman who claimed she invented the concept (www.fiberwater.com).
True to what the woman at the store told me, it tastes like water with a slight lime flavor. But really, this doesn’t make any sense to me. Fiber is fiber. It’s what our grandparents called “roughage.” How can it disappear in a bottle of water. Ok, I’m neither a scientist nor a nutritionist, but this seems as valuable as internet stocks in the late ’90’s (and just as nonsensical). Can you really drink this water and expect the benefits of fiber? Are we so hell bent on taking the easy way out? Grab an apple for goodness sake.
Regardless, if you prefer your fiber in a clear, liquid, bottled form, we’ve got it in Sao Paulo.