Sunday, October 27, 2013

Coke Light, Diet Coke, Coke Zero

Coke Light, Diet Coke, Coke Zero difference

Coke Light and Diet Coke is almost the same thing, just different packaging made in different country. European countries and pan American/south American countries, Diet Coke is released as Coca Cola Light.

So what is the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero?

Although they both contain caffeine, the amount varies:Coke_Diet_Zero
Regular Coke               9.7 mg/100ml
Diet Coke                     12.8 mg/100ml
Coke Zero                    9.6mg/100ml

They taste different

The food acids used are different. Regular Coke contains 338 (phosphoric acid), Diet Coke contains 338 and 330 (citric acid), whilst Coke Zero contains 338 and 331 (sodium citrate). Not much of a difference really but at least you know.

Diet Coke

Motto: Always Great Taste
Nutritional Information: Many say that a can of Diet Coke actually contains somewhere between 1-4 calories, but if a serving size contains fewer than 5 calories a company is not obligated to note it in its nutritional information. Diet Coke's nutritional information reads 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 70mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzonate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.
Artificial sweetener: Aspartame

Coca-Cola Zero

Motto: Real Coca-Cola Taste AND Zero Calories
Nutritional Information: While the label clearly advertises this beverage as a zero calorie cola, we are not entirely certain that its minimal calorie content is simply not required to be noted in the nutritional information. Coca-Cola Zero's nutritional information reads 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 70mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
Artificial sweetener: Aspartame and acesulfame potassium
Ingredients: Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzonate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.

In a few tests, 50% of the people can tell the taste difference in taste. So they are indeed different formulas.

Last note: Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium are considered Toxic. So when you are planning to drink this, take note.


I can tell the difference in Cokes, but for the cost of Taxi in Singapore, I am still in the dark. Many vendors, many different cab companies, many different fare structures, reservation fees and surcharges which is more complex than understanding the chemical composition of Coca-cola.

-- Iron Bowl

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