What's in Pepsi Next?

Pepsi recently launched their next bright blue idea with "Pepsi Next".
Marketed as having less sugar, pop drinkers everywhere are curious about this new pop.
So what exactly is in Pepsi Next?

****Please Note:  This post is now outdated.  Head on over to this updated post:  Why Pepsi Next and Coke Life are bad for you & what happened when I consumed one.

Here's where things get weird....While both are being marketed as having less sugar, in Canada, Pepsi Next is made with "stevia extract".  It's US cousin is made with "a blend of low calorie sweeteners".  Take a look at the difference in ingredients:

Pepsi Next Canada:

  Carbonated water, sugar, caramel colour, phosphorous acid, natural flavours, caffeine, stevia extract.

Pepsi Next USA:

Carbonated water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Caffeine, Potassium Sorbate (to preserve freshenss), Aspartame, Citric Acid, Acesulfame, Potassium, Sucralose.

So Pepsi, what gives?
Why is there so much more crap in the American Pepsi Next?

Let's be clear about this.  I'm not saying that Pepsi Next Canada is a great choice, but if all the water in North America dried up, and the President and Prime Minister jointly announced that all we had available was Pepsi Next, I'd sure be glad I lived on this side of the border.

So What's the Verdict?

In 2013, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi stated that diet soda sales were down because consumer wanted heatlhier alternatives.  Pepsi said it would explore more natural, low-calorie sweeteners.

I'm not sure where Pepsi was going with Pepsi Next USA, but it's a mess.  It still has 4 teaspoons of sugar supplemented by a cocktail of artificial chemicals. 

What about Pepsi Next Canada?  If all the listed ingredients on the label are accurate (they often are not), and if the stevia used is actually stevia extract (not the Reb-A stevia product manufacturers usually use), then I will give Pepsi a slight tip of the hat.  I say this simply because I'm sick of all the fake "sweetened with stevia" false advertising.  Even the FDA states that Reb-A is not stevia.   That said, Pepsi Next Canada still has 26 grams of sugar per can. That's over six teaspoons of sugar!

So what brought you here today?  Are you struggling with a daily pop habit?  Are you trying to find a better pop choice?  The good news, is that making homemade sugar-free pop is actually really easy to make AND good for you.  So stick around, and check out our easy homemade stevia pop recipes....and with a little perseverance (I know it's hard to give up your fave pop), you can become Pepsi-FREE!


  1. I love yr website-keep up the good work! How will we make stevia Cola? Beth W.

    1. Thanks! Check out this post for ideas! http://lesssugarnaturally.blogspot.ca/2014/05/how-to-kick-your-soda-habit.html


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