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Dr. Pepper Removes High Fructose Corn Syrup Temporarily

Celebrating 125 years of being one of the most unique and popular sodas around, Dr. Pepper is getting rid of its high fructose corn syrup. For now. It’s a temporary move to swap out the ingredient for real sugar, the ingredient formerly used by most soda manufacturers. The nostalgic-tasting soda will be available beginning July 4th weekend through September.

This move comes on the heels of other soda manufacturers doing retro versions of their beverages, like Pepsi Throwback.

What are the health implications? The real sugar is more ideal, as the sugar cane is broken down into what is basically pure sugar. Whereas the high fructose corn syrup that is traditionally used is becoming a health concern for its link as a culprit in the obesity epidemic. The beloved ingredient of the processed food industry is used because the processed sweetener is cheap to produce and extends the shelf life of the foods it is in.

The corn industry will tell us that they are nutritionally the same, but nutritionists will tell you that they’re not. Read our High Fructose Corn Syrup 101 to learn more, or watch this Understanding Sugar video.

So, as always, if you need a drink, stick to water. But if you need a soda, this anniversary Dr. Pepper will be slightly better than the usual. If it’s a sometimes treat instead of an all-the-time diet staple, then sipping some nostalgia can’t hurt.

Also Read:

Sign our Petition Urging Subway to Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup

Eating High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Real Sugar

Sprite Green and Mini Cokes

How to Wean Yourself off Diet Soda

July 2nd, 2010

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Jonathan Seagull

"Slightly better"?? For me, there is no comparison. The sugar based drinks have a higher quality taste to them, and I am willing to spend extra for those times I have a soda. I have drastically cut back my soda consumption.

posted Feb 3rd, 2015 10:57 am

jane barnett

real suger is better and does taste better, and in my opinion, i believe that HFCS is the reason more and more people are diabetics , my grandmother made the sweetest tea you could imagine, and she drank tea everyday as long as i can remember all day long, and I am 41 now, she was never diagnosed with diabetes , but my aunt and my dad , as well as my husband consumed just as much dr. pepper over a long period of years ,as my grandmother did tea and all three are type 2 diabetics . And there are a lot of kids developing diabetes , and they also consume a lot of soft drinks with HFCS.

posted Nov 4th, 2010 6:52 am


I don';t drink much soda but there IS a reason Mexican coke and Dr Browns taste so damn good. It's the sugar.

Sugar is sugar, it's true, but it's a hell of a lot better for you than HFCS and tastes good.

For an all the time available treat - Whole Foods brand sodas are ONLY made with sugar.

posted Aug 16th, 2010 7:42 pm

Allen B

The phosphoric acid is still basically battery acid to your teeth and bones causing bone loss but yes like the review says, switching over to sugar reduces the fructose by 50%. This is definitely not anything someone who wants to lose or keep off weight should waste time with unless a once in a blue moon for the caffeine jolt to stay awake in an emergency situation (i.e. driving at night).

posted Jul 21st, 2010 2:40 pm

Uncle Steanie

I'm a Pepper!

posted Jul 3rd, 2010 5:29 pm


So, is this essentially Dublin Dr Pepper? Or is it something different?

posted Jul 3rd, 2010 2:34 am

Sarah J.

I never was much of a soda drinker, and I have disliked Dr.Pepper as far back as I can remember, in spite of this, I find myself wanting to spend my heard earned dollars on your product. I feel this way because I am a consumer that votes. Everytime I go to the checkout counter with my purchase, I am voting with the money in my hand. Voting for the makers of healthy foods, or for the makers of not-so-healthy foods. I will be purchasing your product to drink for my family until September because your "throwback" retro soda may just need a "comeback". I am very wary of any product containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, and flat out refuse to purchase anything with HFCS in the ingredients list. Keep the corn out of my beverage and you have yourself a customer for life! Also, I never shut the hell up, so you can bet that all of my HFCS fearing friends (in person and on facebook) will be hearing about this wonderful product change as well!

posted Jul 2nd, 2010 8:40 pm

Scott Wilson

I'm a huge fan of Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew though I don't drink them very often anymore... I loved Mountain Dew Throwback and to have my other favorite Dr. Pepper also do this.... Well... It's just AWESOME!

posted Jul 2nd, 2010 5:37 pm


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