Coca-Cola Vs. Coke Zero…What is better?
Coca-Cola is one of the most popular soft drinks in the world. According to Coca-Cola’s official website, more than 1.9 billion servings of Coca-Cola drinks are enjoyed in more than 200 countries each day. The Coca-Cola Company sells a range of products, including regular Coca-Cola, Diet Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. While these products all taste fairly similar, they contain different sweeteners. Some of these sweeteners are meant to be low in calories.
First, a little history…
On May 8, 1886, Dr. John Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta. Serving nine drinks per day in its first year!
Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once “Delicious and Refreshing,” a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca-Cola is enjoyed.
So, What are Coca-Cola’s Ingredients?
Coke contains a fairly short list of ingredients:
- Carbonated Water.
- Sugar (which can be sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup)
- Phosphoric Acid v. Caramel (E150d)
- Natural Flavorings (which include coca leaf extract)
There are 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz Coca-Cola can. Coca-Cola’s smaller portion sizes can have less sugar and fewer calories.
Coca-Cola comes in several sizes (availability varies based on geography):
- 7.5 oz – 25g of sugar and 90 calories
- 8 oz – 26g of sugar and 100 calories
- 8.5 oz – 28g of sugar and 100 calories
- 12 oz – 39g of sugar and 140 calories
- 16 oz – 52g of sugar and 190 calories
- 20 oz – 65g of sugar and 240 calories
What about Coke 0?
Coca-Cola Zero shares some, but not all, of Coca-Cola’s ingredients. Coca-Cola Zero, also known as Coke Zero, is made of:
- Carbonated water
- Caramel color
- Phosphoric acid
- Potassium Benzoate (To protect Taste)
- Natural Flavorings
- Potassium Citrate
- Acesulfame Potassium
Unlike Coca-Cola, Coke Zero has no sugars. Coke Zero’s calories are also nonexistent. The lack of sugar and calories in Coke Zero is the major attribute of this beverage. Coke Zero’s nutrition is negligible — it has just 2 percent of the daily value for potassium and sodium (40 to 55 milligrams) per 12- or 16-ounce can. This product is made for people trying to reduce their sugar intake or daily calories.
A 12-ounce (355-mL) serving of Coke Zero provides:
- Calories: 0
- Total fat: 0 grams
- Sodium: 40 mg
- Total carbohydrates: 0 grams
- Total sugars: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
- Potassium: 60 mg
- Caffeine: 34 mg
- Coke Zero contains no added sugars since it uses artificial sweeteners instead. It comes in a variety of flavors, including cherry, cherry vanilla, orange vanilla, and vanilla. Caffeine-free Coke Zero is also available.
- Coke Zero has less caffeine than Diet Coke. However, both beverages are well below the recommended daily caffeine limit of 400 mg per day for adults.
So, the classic Coca-Cola or Coke Zero? Coca-Cola Vs. Coke Zero…What is better?
My wife Jennie LOVES Coke Zero and I Love my classic Coke. The best choice will depend on your taste preferences.
Which do you like better??