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?