The Glucoholic is not supposed to be drinking caffeine, so he’s hoping to win some kind of award for bravery by reviewing Pepsi One. People always ask us why we don’t review any of the more traditional diet colas, and we usually shrug our shoulders or reply to the email with “Uh, we dunno.” Well it’s a new year and time to try new things. Give the people what they want we say. Actually, there are two relatively good reasons why we’ve stayed away from products like Pepsi One. Firstly, most of these products from the “Big 2” soft drink makers are sweetened with aspartame and we have a natural aversion to them. Secondly, these products are so common that we just assumed everyone had tried them and made their own decision about them. It looks like we were wrong on the second one, so let’s start doling out our two cents right now!
Fortunately, Pepsi One is sweetened with Splenda and acesulfame potassium. We think this makes Pepsi One taste pretty much like the original Pepsi, except there seems to be a slight aftertaste. We are always suspicious that the formula contains too little Splenda and too much acesulfame potassium when we find this in a diet soda. It’s not going on our list of favorite sugar free drinks, but we’re pretty sure that real Pepsi fans will find something they are familiar with and enjoy in Pepsi One if they are in the market for something sugar free. We think it beats sodas sweetened with aspartame hands down. An eight ounce serving of Pepsi One provides 25mg of sodium, 35mg of potassium, and 43mg of phosphorous. It also contains a healthy dose of caffeine – we can barely sit still long enough to finish this paragraph.