Coke Zero vs Diet Coke – What is the Secret behind the Taste

Soda freaks – being passionately devoted to Coca-Cola low-calorie drinks can give you plenty of reasons why they prefer Coca-Cola over millions of other drinks and why they find it tastier. Besides, many people think that both are the same with different packaging.

How do Coke zero and diet coke differ from each other? The argument has always been between the coke lovers. And why should it not? On taking the first sip, you can’t tell that these two massively popular cola drinks are different.

So what makes them different?

Difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero

According to the official Coca-Cola website, there is a key difference in the taste and the formula. While stacking both the drinks beside one another, it is mentioned in a statement on the website that both drinks are calorie and sugar-free, but coke zero tastes and looks more like Coca-Cola Classic, where diet coke is made from the blend of multiple flavors and chemicals to give diet coke a lighter taste.

The main difference between coke zero and diet coke is the use of chemicals that make them different. Coke zero contains sodium citrates in the ingredient list while diet coke features citric acid.

Diet Coke was the first-ever sugar-free fizzy drink launched by Coca-Cola in 1983, the next was certainly Coca-Cola zero but it wasn’t launched until 2006. Coca-Cola Zero wasn’t admired that much by the fans and was taken out from the shelves in 2016. However, It was reintroduced with the all-new design and was named Coca-Cola Zero sugar then.

The Coca-Cola Company makes 43 percent of its revenue from its mouthwatering cola sales.

List of Secret Ingredient has finally revealed

  • Diet Coke

Caramel color, phosphoric acid, carbonated water, caffeine, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium benzoate, and aspartame.

  • Coke Zero Sugar (known as Coke zero previously)

Caramel color, Phosphoric acid, natural flavors, carbonated water, potassium citrate, caffeine, potassium benzoate, and acesulfame potassium.

Diet coke, has the same ingredients as coke zero except for two extra ingredients – acesulfame potassium and potassium citrate. Acesulfame is kind of a substitute for calorie-free sugar while potassium citrate is commonly used as a preservative in fizzy drinks and beverages.

Does the ingredient difference make any of them more nutritious?

Here’s the nutritional information for both the drinks:

Diet Coke:

  • Calorie: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Total Carbs: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 40 mg

Coca-Cola Zero:

  • Calorie: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Total Carbs: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 40 mg

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar:

  • Calorie: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Total Carbs: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 40 mg

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola Zero, both feature caffeine but the amount in them varies.

  • Diet Coke: 12.8 mg per 100 ml
  • Regular Coke: 9.7 mg per 100 ml
  • Coke Zero: 9.6mg per 100 ml

As it is obvious that the amount of caffeine in Coke zero and Regular Coke is similar whereas the levels are relatively high in Diet coke. Coke zero and regular coke have the same amount of caffeine, so they almost have an indistinguishable taste.

Both have no added sugar and no calories, both are sweetened artificially with the identical amount of acesulfame K and aspartame due to this having the same sweet taste.

Ending notes

According to the statistics, regular coke is still at the top of the chart in the best-selling drinks. Where Pepsi and diet coke secured second and third place accordingly.

Unluckily, Coke zero did not make the mark in the top ten popular drinks but gradually its popularity is growing after the new reveals.

Although diet coke and coke zero are branded amazingly and are healthier substitutes to regular coke, neither of them is relatively good for you. You may think that they do not contain any sugar or calories then why are they not healthy?

This is because the regular use of diet coke and coke zero makes your taste buds habitual of the levels of sweetness they both contain and eventually you will ask for more.

Studies showed that it actually can increase your levels of sugar and calorie consumption.

The phosphoric acid feature of the drinks can damage your tooth enamel and also contributes to tooth erosions.

If you want to know what’s the best drink to have? Hands down to a glass of water.

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