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Great Grandma Says She's Drank Nothing But Pepsi For Last 60 Years

Claire Reid

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Great Grandma Says She's Drank Nothing But Pepsi For Last 60 Years

A 77-year-old woman says she's drank nothing but Pepsi for the last 60 years.

Jackie Page, a great-grandmother from Carshalton, Surrey, says she starts every day with a can of the soft drink and can knock back up to four cans a day.

She cracked open her first can all the way back in 1954, when she was just 13, and hasn't looked back since.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Now I know what you're thinking - 'Surely, she's sick of the stuff by now?' - but nope, our pal Jackie here says it's the only drink she's ever enjoyed, and denies being a Pepsi addict.

"Some people might think it's weird, but I don't care," Jackie explains. "I've been drinking it every single day since 1954.

"I don't call it an addiction. It's just something I like, and I can't help it if I don't like anything else.

"I don't like it from a bottle, only from a can. I like to drink Pepsi fresh straight from the can, and it has to be cold.

"While my kids were young, they knew not to take mum's Pepsi out of the fridge.

"We would tell them it was bad for you, so they wouldn't drink it, but as they have all seen how healthy I am and how long I have lived I can't really talk now.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"Whether I am a caffeine addict or not I don't know, but I am 77 years old and I have survived so far.

"I have one as soon as I wake up each day straight from the fridge. It's like when someone says they want to drink a lovely cup of tea first thing in the morning, I drink up a lovely can of Pepsi."

After more than six decades drinking the fizzy drink, Jackie has worked her way through an estimated 93,440 cans, which adds up to almost 3,000kg of sugar - or 3 million sugar cubes. Delicious.

Despite this, Jackie doesn't think it's any adverse effects on her health.

She said: "They say Pepsi is bad for your teeth, but I am a war time baby and there's not many of us without rotten teeth, so I wouldn't know.

"We didn't have much toothpaste during the war because it was rationed. I wouldn't go to the dentist when I was a kid either. I was too scared.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"I don't think Pepsi has affected my health either. I have always been really, really slim until about five years ago but I think that's because I don't do much now. I am not as active as I was.

"Right up until I was 60, I was still doing line dancing and I was pretty fit, but I can't get out to do that now.

"Nowadays people say you shouldn't drink Pepsi, but I say it's my choice what I want to drink.

"I just know what I like, and I won't settle for anything else." Fair enough.

Jackie favours Pepsi out of a can, believing it 'tastes better', but she will also drink it from a glass bottle. She's less keen on Pepsi from a plastic bottle.

Growing up, she refused to drink milk or water and says her mum would give her lemonade to try and get her to drink something, but she never liked it. Now as an adult not much has changed - she says the smell of tea or coffee make her feel sick.

And as for water? Jackie adds: "I have never drank water - and even if I was dying [of thirst] no way would I."


Jackie even named her dog Pepsi after the drink and makes sure she has a steady supply available at home.

But she adds: "To be honest, I don't know how I have lived so long."

Nicole Rothband, a specialist dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, said: "The main concerns are that drinking that much Pepsi would increase the risk of obesity, affect the teeth and increase the risk of diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

"If a person became overweight they may also have high blood pressure which increases the risk of stroke.

"However, it depends on a person's overall lifestyle as regular physical activity and eating a relatively healthy diet could counteract these factors.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"Drinking four cans of sugary drink on its own, while I wouldn't recommend it, might not have a massive impact if the rest of the diet and the overall lifestyle is relatively healthy.

"But if it is combined with a sedentary lifestyle and a diet that is also high in fats and sugars and low in fibre and fruits and vegetables then it is likely to have quite a significant impact on that person."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Food, Weird, UK

Claire Reid
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