Organic Coke and Pepsi RAW: Do We Need Them?

I ran across this image yesterday and shook my head.  At first I thought it was real but an internet search turned up no evidence that this drink exists...yet.  (Gotta love the packaging though; NextNature did a great job!)  That being said, Pepsi has introduced Pepsi RAW in the UK and it does bill itself as a healthier cola. Here's the difference between regular Pepsi and Pepsi RAW: The ingredients are certainly healthier.  High fructose corn syrup is probably one of the worst "foods" you can put into your body.  Studies have linked it to obesity, heart problems, and a host of other medical issues. Keep in mind the serving size is likely 6 ounces, so a can of soda is probably double these numbers.  What I don't want to happen is to give people the false idea that it's okay to start slugging this stuff down like water. Soda on average has 9 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per can!  Yes there's grapes and apples in there, but trust me, not anywhere near as healthy as eating an apple or a few grapes. If you're going to drink a soda, may I suggest a small batch, gourmet soda produced by a small local manufacturer as an occasional treat.  If you think of it as dessert (which it is) limit yourself to one a week and if you go with a small company you'll be supporting local business instead of the monolith institutions of Coke and Pepsi. What do you think? Lisa

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Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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5 Responses to Organic Coke and Pepsi RAW: Do We Need Them?

  1. meg ford August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    I think you’re right, because whether it is organic or not, it still contains such a large amount of sugar. When you think about it, 90 calories of pure sugar is what- about 6 tsps? What parent would just let their child just down 6 tsps of sugar in a row, over and over again throughout the day?

  2. Aaron August 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    I believe the applicable term is healthwashing. When you take something generally bad for you, change a few of it’s features, and paint it as healthy.

    Like 100 calorie snacks, or lite poptarts. I think Pollan said it best, eat food your grandmother would recognize as food.

  3. Noebie August 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    “all things in moderation”

    i do love the mexican and kosher cokes that are made with cane sugar

    interesting that the can also says “fair trade”

    i would try one and think of it as an occasional treat

  4. Marialexandra August 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m not a soft-drink drinker to begin with and I don’t allow soft drinks to be bought in my household, so it really makes no difference if they call it Raw, organic, or whatever they can come up with, its still a bunch of empty calories that are going to end up on your waist, hips, thighs, or belly – still not going to be part of my family’s food supply. What concerns me are those who still think because the company is marketing a “healthy” version of their product (big emphasizing on the quotations around healthy) it gives them a free ticket to eat or drink it like its water. Like what happened when a diet cookie company started to put “fat free” on their cookies, or when Vitamin Water was introduced into the market, or the “fat free” “no trans-fat” label on a lot of candy today. Its deceiving and when people aren’t educated on what they are putting into their mouths and body, we end up with the massive heart issues, obesity, and premature death, amongst all the other problems that come with an unhealthy population.

  5. Lisa Johnson August 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Meg I hadn’t thought about it that way, that’s disgusting!

    CrankynStinky, I love that you said that … “healthwashing” that is worthy of a blog post right there! Thanks for the comment …

    Noebie, I have heard about the cane sugar colas but I’ve never had one. Someday I’ll try one, but they are all too sweet for me. When I cave and go for soda it’s diet coke and I wonder what the chemicals are doing to my brain …

    Marialexandra, you’re completely right of course, no one should be feeding this stuff to their families. I finally managed to get my husband off of regular coke when I filled up a glass with the sugar that’s typically in a soda. That got him to switch to Coke Zero which I only consider marginally better.

    Thanks for the comments guys,


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