The last time I went to the buffet place, the Sierra Mist seemed different. It’s the one widely available fountain drink from Pepsi made without HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup).
Well well… I also have a 12 pack in the fridge. Having gotten the same impression that something changed, I looked at the “nutrition” label [oxymoron alert!] – 12 ozs of soda is normally around 160-180 calories, roughly the same as Orange or Apple Juice. Sierra Mist has 120. The discretely listed last item is stevia. I know what that is from prior research.
Stevia is a plant that has an extremely sweet taste, so you can dial the sugar content way back, but it is not the same. The labeling no longer mentions the real sugar aspect. Thank you mommy Michelle.
Is it a “natural” flavoring? It comes from a plant, at least as natural as strawberry flavor from a beaver’s pineal gland. It must be “natural” as well as transfat free and gluten free.