Next Please


(This post is part of “Product Talk by Nuffnang”. Views are my own.)

For many, Saturday’s a sleep in day, but when your bike is calling you need to get up early and hit the road. I don’t get as much chance to get out on my bike as I used to but I still love cycling whenever I can. Saturday is still one day that I can generally catch up with cycling friends and remind myself why I love turning the pedals.

Last Saturday was a warm one. We may be most of the way through summer but there are still some hot days on the way. I headed out early and caught up with a few others. We cycled to South Perth for coffee and some good conversation before heading back home. I was happy to have stretched my legs and clocked up just over 60 kilometres. By the time I pulled in to my driveway the mercury had started to soar.

When I got home I opened the fridge looking for something cold that wasn’t going to undo all the work I’d just put in on the bike. I didn’t want to guzzle a can of sugar and I certainly didn’t want to overload on chemical sweeteners. Thankfully the kind people at Pepsi had sent me some cans of Pepsi Next. It has naturally less sugar than regular colas and is sweetened naturally using Stevia. So while drinking too much of any carbonated drink isn’t good for you, it’s great to have an alternative that’s relatively better for you.

I don’t drink a lot of soft drink but I know that having a naturally better alternative means that on those occasions that I need to quench a thirst with something that tastes great my choice will be Pepsi Next … naturally.

I was interested to see that Pepsi thinks that Pepsi Next tastes so good that they’ve been inviting people from around Australia to take part in a blind taste test of Pepsi Next and full sugar Coca Cola to see which taste they prefer. Their confidence seems to be paying off with more people choosing the taste of Pepsi Next.

What is the difference between Pepsi Next and Pepsi Max?

Pepsi Next is a lower kilojoule/calorie cola drink sweetened naturally with stevia to deliver 30% less sugar. Pepsi Max contains no sugar and is sweetened with high intensity sweeteners – Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium

Does this mean 30% less kilojoules/calories?

Yes. Pepsi Next contains 30% less sugar than regular Pepsi.

As an ingredient in food and beverages, stevia adds no kilojoules/calories. It helps reduce energy in food and beverages by replacing caloric sweet ingredients such as sugar.

How many kilojoules/calories is 30% less sugar?

Regular Pepsi has an energy content of 175kJ (42 calories) per 100ml. Pepsi Next has an energy content of 119kJ (28 calories) per 100ml. Nutritional information is clearly labelled on all our products.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • I have never been a cola drinker. My pop of choice is Diet Dr Pepper or Dr Pepper 10. I am leaning more toward the last. However, it has been over a week since I have had any carbonated drink. In an effort to cut some weight, I have chosen to do without. Or at least as much. Right now, I need to break the hold Diet DP had on me. I would drink a Pepsi Next before Coke but only if I could put lemon in it.

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