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Is Pepsi Throwback Healthier?

throwback-pepsiWhat is Throwback Natural Pepsi?
This product was first launched in the UK in which Pepsi marketed and introduced “Pepsi Raw.”  This Pepsi Raw is a “corn syrup free, all natural soda.”  Pepsi Raw has been transformed in the U.S. as the new throwback natural sugar Pepsi.

Throwback Natural Pepsi is marketed as a premium soda made with sugar, natural caramel and kola nut extract in place of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) compared to the traditional Pepsi, which contains HFCS, artificial coloring, phosphoric acid, caffeine citric acid and natural flavors.  Pepsi is calling it natural due to it being made with sugar rather than the controversial HFCS that’s seen in so many products these days.  This new Pepsi is supposedly paler in color and less fizzy than other cola products.

The throwback part plays a couple roles, one as a tribute to a more natural way before technology became part of producing foods and the throwback drinks will have retro-looking packaging as seen in the 1960s and 70s.

Is it healthy or not?
First let’s talk about HFCS.  HFCS is a syrup that’s been chemically altered to produce a sweeter product which gives food items longer shelf life in grocery stores.  Some nutritionists blame consumption of HFCS as a culprit to the obesity problem in our country and health complications (high cholesterol, diabetes).  HFCS is OK in moderation but rarely does our society consume anything in moderation.

Throwback Pepsi is somewhat of a healthier alternative then traditional soda because it does not contain HFCS and it is a more “whole food/natural form” which is ideal for any diet.  However, it does contain sugar which means you’ll be taking in empty calories.  I think it’s a healthier choice but I wouldn’t start to drink them on a daily basis maybe just as a treat every now and then.

Remember it’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids, but ideally you will want to drink water!

May 12th, 2009

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I really like this product! Another one i'd recommend would be Lay's Low Salt. It has 1/2 the salt content and you can actually taste the potatoes! Too bad they don's sell them in the 99 cent bags, though!

posted Oct 30th, 2010 12:03 am


this product is awesome.i lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks since going hfcs free and and was able to drop my meds.where how can i get more and why isnt anyone else doing this?

posted Jul 19th, 2010 11:14 pm


Keep this choice in the supermarkets. I gave up reg soda with hfcs and love this real sugar choice.

posted Mar 15th, 2010 1:22 pm

pepsi fan

i love this product i am only in 7th grade and i love to tell you this product is the best along with all your other pepsi products and i think you should keep it on the market for a long time don't have it be limited time only or i will be sad.

posted Feb 5th, 2010 8:30 pm


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3 Responses to “Is Pepsi Throwback Healthier?”

May 12th, 2009
10:44 am

This is so interesting. What a clever marketing trick, sure to fool millions into thinking they are being healthy.

May 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

It is clever marketing. However, as a registered dietitian, I can tell you that there’s no reason to switch to sugar. Sugar is sugar and scientists continue to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners. It is essentially the same as table sugar and honey, and has the same number of calories.

Jun 2nd, 2009
3:39 pm

Watch this documentary if you think corn syrup is harmless