Meaning Behind Pepsi’s Name Leaves People Mind Blown 

People have been left shocked after discovering the actual meaning behind Pepsi's name.
Credit: Martin Péchy/Pexels & Gökçe Gök/Pexels

People have been left shocked after discovering the actual meaning behind Pepsi’s name.

The popular drink is one of the most recognisable brands in the world – and is the second most valuable soft drink in the world after Coca-Cola, as per Food Digital.

It was first introduced in the US in 1893, under the name ‘Brad’s Drink’, but it became known as Pepsi in 1898.

However, despite being one of the most popular drinks around, not many people know why it is called Pepsi.

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Created in 1893 by inventor and pharmacist Caleb Davis Bradham, ‘Brad’s Drink’ was developed in response to the success of Coca-Cola.

Bradham had been operating a soda fountain in his North Carolina drug store, serving drinks he created himself.

He changed the name to Pepsi-Cola in 1898 as he felt ‘Brad’s Drink’ didn’t market the beverage properly.

Pepsi was specifically created to promote digestion, and its first slogan in 1903 was: ‘Exhilarating, Invigorating, Aids Digestion’.

Bradham dropped the Cola from the name in 1961 so that the drink could reflect the health benefits of the beverage.

While the name makes total sense once you understand the history, many Pepsi fans have been left speechless after hearing the news and have rushed to social media to react.

One person writes: “I was today years old when I learned that.”

A second person comments: “I had no idea!”

Pepsi’s name derives from dyspepsia (also known as indigestion). Credit: Gökçe Gök/Pexels

But where did the name Pepsi come from? Well according to the LA Times, the name derives from dyspepsia (also known as indigestion) which the beverage was supposed to help ease.

Dyspepsia is when you suffer from acid reflux from your stomach. It can also involve inflammation of the gullet, a stomach ulcer, or even stomach cancer, as per NHS.

Symptoms include heartburn, feeling sick and feeling full and bloated.

Another popular theory was that Bradham changed the name to Pepsi-Cola because it’s an anagram for Episcopal.

Episcopal is not an ingredient, but it is the denomination of a large church across the street from Bradham’s store.

However, PepsiCo denied the association as a coincidental anagram, as per Daily Mail.

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Obviously, the comparisons between Pepsi and Coca-Cola are prominent, but the 100-year-old brand has made sure to differentiate itself from its competitors.

In keeping with being conscious of their sugar usage, PepsiCo’s classic drinks now have 57% less sugar in them (4.55g per 100ml).

Regarding this difference, Pepsi said on its website: “We have worked hard to make sure our new classic Pepsi maintains the great taste that people expect while removing sugar and calories.

“In addition to a lower amount of sugar, the reformulated Pepsi is sweetened with a blend of acesulfame potassium (Ace K) and sucralose, with 56% fewer calories from added sugars.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.