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An acquired taste but pleasant. Currently at least £1 cheaper than Asda.

4 X 250ml cans are £1.50
4 X 300ml glass bottles are £2.00

Pepsi Raw is a soft drink created by PepsiCo in the United Kingdom from natural ingredients including apple extract, plain caramel colouring, coffee leaf, tartaric acid from grapes, gum arabic from acacia trees, cane sugar and sparkling water. Pepsi has managed to reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 Calories per serving to around 117 Calories.

It is available in a 300ml glass bottle and a 250ml aluminium can from limited outlets

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What is it?
What is it?

wiki it?
250ml can!? weird
its made with the best ingredients apparently

had some just before Christmas in a pub in Brum...its alright tbh
"reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 Calories per serving to around 117 Calories"

Is this not because a normal serving would be 330ml - this is only 300ml?

126cal / 330ml = 0.381 cals per ml

117cal / 300ml= 0.39 cal per ml

Is this really any healthier, or another marketing scam???
wiki it?

Point is, I've never heard of it before, so they haven't marketed it very well?
"An acquired taste " say no more lol !
Pepsi has managed to reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 Calories per serving to around 117 Calories.

Take a bow Pepsi. :lol:
muddy water
It's been in Boots for a while, they trialled it initially in bars/clubs
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"reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 Calories per serving to around 117 Calories"

Is this not because a normal serving would be 330ml - this is only 300ml?

126cal / 330ml = 0.381 cals per ml

117cal / 300ml= 0.39 cal per ml

Is this really any healthier, or another marketing scam???

I read it as 300ml of normal compared to 300ml of raw. The bar bottle serving is 300ml, which is 10 fluid ounces (US) or 10.5 fl.oz (UK).
very similar to red bull cola (muddy water per above)
It's pretty much Pepsi for connessieurs.
You can actually taste the various flavours and I quite like it. I wouldn't use it as a mixer though.. but it is rather pricey!
What is it?

It's a bit of a cross between Duckhams Hypergrade and Texas Sweet Crude - sweet syrupy with just a hint of vanilla.
i find it tastes very sour, but as i have moved to nothing but pepsi max which is 200x sweeter all sugary drinks tastes sour to me now lol.
Point is, I've never heard of it before, so they haven't marketed it very well?

ok, me too, bet it's a little like red bull cola by the sounds of it
I don't like Pepsi but at least this has cane sugar instead of the deadly artificial sweeteners in the diet drinks.
Once the start taxing the sugars in soft drinks/sweets etc (just like they did with cigarettes) the price of these type of drinks will sky rocket.
It's actually really nice. It hasn't been marketed very well as it was originally only supposed to be in pubs/restaurants. They are only just starting to branch out into retail. It's got a really nice flavour, tastes like vanilla/ginger...
I only know this as my ex works for Britvic
Sounds nice enough to try, but I have to ask myself what is wrong with good old normal Pepsi? Willing to try at these prices, but after the "introductory" price I bet it will double in price and become stupidly expensive!
Tried it today and wasn't that impressed tbh,quite bland I thought
Tried it at a Harvester but can't say I liked it, I think it will be a marmite moment.
It's along the same lines as Red Bull Cola. It's nice stuff.
Never heard of this, it's still fizzy(haha)?
Tried this last week, and liked it, Mrs and kids liked it too! It's not articifial and you can really taste it.
Heat added.
i liked it as it did not seem to be too sweet but it is better to think of it as a different drink rather than trying to compare it to Pepsi as you know it
Had a trail batch of this at work. Very weird after taste.
For anyone who drinks regular cola. Here's one of the things that's in it. So maybe a healthier alternative here.

Phosphoric acid

Biological effects on bone calcium and kidney health

Phosphoric acid, used in many soft drinks (primarily cola), has been linked to lower bone density in epidemiological studies. For example, a study[2] using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry rather than a questionnaire about breakage, provides reasonable evidence to support the theory that drinking cola results in lower bone density. This study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A total of 1672 women and 1148 men were studied between 1996 and 2001. Dietary information was collected using a food frequency questionnaire that had specific questions about the number of servings of cola and other carbonated beverages and that also made a differentiation between regular, caffeine-free, and diet drinks. The paper cites significant statistical evidence to show that women who consume cola daily have lower bone density. Total phosphorus intake was not significantly higher in daily cola consumers than in nonconsumers; however, the calcium-to-phosphorus ratios were lower. The study also suggests that further research is needed to confirm the findings.

On the other hand, a study funded by Pepsi suggests that low intake of phosphorus leads to lower bone density. The study does not examine the effect of phosphoric acid, which binds with magnesium and calcium in the digestive tract to form salts that are not absorbed, but, rather, it studies general phosphorus intake.[3]

However, a well-controlled clinical study by Heaney and Rafferty using calcium-balance methods found no impact of carbonated soft drinks containing phosphoric acid on calcium excretion.[4] The study compared the impact of water, milk, and various soft drinks (two with caffeine and two without; two with phosphoric acid and two with citric acid) on the calcium balance of 20- to 40-year-old women who customarily consumed ~3 or more cups (680 ml) of a carbonated soft drink per day. They found that, relative to water, only milk and the two caffeine-containing soft drinks increased urinary calcium, and that the calcium loss associated with the caffeinated soft drink consumption was about equal to that previously found for caffeine alone. Phosphoric acid without caffeine had no impact on urine calcium, nor did it augment the urinary calcium loss related to caffeine. Because studies have shown that the effect of caffeine is compensated for by reduced calcium losses later in the day,[5] Heaney and Rafferty concluded that the net effect of carbonated beverages – including those with caffeine and phosphoric acid - is negligible, and that the skeletal effects of carbonated soft drink consumption are likely due primarily to milk displacement.

Other chemicals such as caffeine (also a significant component of popular common cola drinks) were also suspected as possible contributors to low bone density, due to the known effect of caffeine on calciuria. One other study, comprised of 30 women over the course of a week, suggests that phosphoric acid in colas has no such effect, and postulates that caffeine has only a temporary effect, which is later reversed. The authors of this study conclude that the skeletal effects of carbonated beverage consumption are likely due primarily to milk displacement.[4] (Another possible confounding factor may be an association between high soft drink consumption and sedentary lifestyle.)

Cola consumption has also been linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney stones through medical research.[6] This study differentiated between the effects of cola (generally contains phosphoric acid), non-cola carbonated beverages (substitute citric acid) and coffee (control for caffeine), and found that drinking 2 or more colas per day more than doubled the incidence of kidney disease.
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It's been in Boots for a while

so is that the secret behind it's flavour?
It's got a stronger taste than Pepsi, but that's pretty much about it.
It's nice, but personally I prefer coca cola, and the glass bottles are now even cheaper than the cans, ( excluding offers), in Asda they're down to £2.55 for a 6 pack, £2.57 in Tesco.
We had to stock it a while back in our boozer, a must stock, it is rank!! sold about 3 bottles and the remaining 21 bottles went ood so were binned!!

Acquired taste i'd agree, i didn't like it!!
I had a bottle a few weeks ago (Selfridges in Trafford Centre) and really liked it. It's like a better Red Bull Cola. Doesn't taste as bad for you as normal Pepsi.
I like it too-stopped drinking the other stuff a few years ago due to the rubbish in it so was quite keen to try this more natural version-could only drink one though, any more and I would feel ill.!
If you are looking for a less chemical laden fizzy drink try Orangina.It is still packed with sugar but has less nasties floating about.
Its lovely this stuff, tastes like less fizzy Pepsi with a hint of apples.

Its absolutely nothing like Red Bull cola, that stuff is rank.
These have been out for a while in Boots now, well the cans anyway. Basically, Pepsi are also jumping on the 'raw cola' bandwagon; all natural cola ingredients. It's a much stronger, slightly bitter cola.

Red Bull's Cola is the same idea but larger can and I'd say tastes much better, like a better quality.

The price for these is way too high, especially for an introductory price. It's already about £1.50 in Boots as standard.
very similar to red bull cola (muddy water per above)

Sweet lord, dont say that.. I absolutely HATE red bull cola, but would like to try this new pepsi drink and hope it taste nice. :)
This tastes horrible!! Had a crate of this which i chucked.

Its very watery in my opinion

Kind of a cross between Dr. Pepper and diet coke.
i quite like it. Less gassy and a lot more enjoyable than some drinks

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