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Think Twice Before Switching To Pepsi Next

I received an email this morning from a coaching client who asked me my opinion of the new Pepsi Next product. My advice was to leave it on the shelf, but I wanted to do a blog post to explain my reasoning.

As you probably already know I’m down on ALL sodas. There’s not one that I see having a place in a healthy diet. This is especially true if you’re looking to lose weight and change your shape.

It’s not even necessarily all about the sugar content. I frequently cover this in my “Lean Code Method Nutrition for Fat Loss” seminars. Sodas should be left out of your diet completely when you’re looking to lose fat because the phosphorus depletes calcium in your body.

In case you didn’t know, calcium plays an integral role in fatty acid breakdown in your liver. In short, drink sodas and you handcuff your body’s ability to efficiently burn fat for fuel.

Soft drink manufacturers have gotten wise to the increased public awareness of the danger with excess sugar in the diet. They’re constantly coming up with new products that disguise themselves as a “healthier” choice.

The new Pepsi Next product is a perfect example. It’s advertised as being an alternative to regular Pepsi with 60% less sugar. Same taste and fewer calories, sounds good doesn’t it?

But let’s take a closer look. Indeed the sugar content has been reduced but what was their secret with keeping the sweet taste? They simply replaced the 6 teaspoons of sugar in regular Pepsi with three other sweeteners. This has by no means made the new product a healthier choice.

Make no mistakes, this product still contains sugar. In fact it’s the second ingredient after water. Maybe you’ll recognize the name…high fructose corn syrup. Read down the label a little more and you’ll find ingredients like aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. This is how it’s able to retain the sweet taste.

I’ve written extensively on high fructose corn syrup and aspartame so I won’t get into details here on why you want this stuff out of your diet. Take my word for it, you don’t want it. In a lot of ways I really do believe aspartame is worse than sugar in your body. This artificial sweetener accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.

Just so you know, it’s made up of three different chemicals, phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Consumed in large quantities and this stuff can do some damage. Remember we’re talking about chemicals here, not natural products. That should be enough to raise a red flag.

A lot of times people will ask me what I would recommend for a sweetener. If you’re going to have to choose something I’d say stevia probably tops the list. Raw organic honey could also be used in moderation.

Most people don’t know this but you can also buy pure glucose (dextrose) which can be used as a sweetener. Moderation is in order for all of the above, but they’re far better choices than sucrose (table sugar) and any of the artificial sweeteners.

But I digress. Bottom line is don’t be fooled by slick marketing and advertising campaigns promoting drinks with artificial ingredients. You’ll be well served to get soft drinks out of your diet completely.

Shane Doll is a certified personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Fitness Training Studios. If you’re looking for a personal trainer in Charleston, you can receive a no-obligations personal training trial and consultation without risking a dime. Over 1000 Charleston area residents have transformed their bodies following our unique burst training workouts and simplified nutrition programs. Experience the Shaping Concepts difference today.

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Category: Nutrition.