Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coke Zero

A few years ago, when I started trying to lose weight, I realized that cutting juice, soda, and other caloric drinks out of my diet was key. Unfortunately, I found that water, seltzer, and the flavored varieties of each were unsatisfying to me. So, I turned to diet soda. Now, despite a long-held prejudice against diet soft drinks, I found that there are many that taste good: Fresca (yes, it's diet), Diet Barq's root beer, Diet 7-Up, Diet Mountain Dew, etc. The weak link, though, was diet cola. Coke has been one of my favorite soda throughout adulthood, and I couldn't bear to drink Diet Coke, which, as my wife says, "tastes like carbonated battery acid."

But then came Coke Zero, and angels sang, and sunlight filled the sky. The ingredients list for Coke Zero looks pretty much identical to that of Diet Coke, right down to the aspartame sweetener. Yet Coke Zero actually tastes like Coke. While a true side by side test reveals a difference (esp. the way the sugared variety coats your tongue with the feel of sugar), Coke Zero is a true substitute for Coke for those who don't want to (or can't) drink sugar.

Now, if they'd just come out with Caffeine Free Coke Zero for the evenings...

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