Have you ever asked yourself what the differences are between the different types of cola? First of all, we have to take a look at the sugar-containing variants.
A regular coke:
In this small bottle there are already 54g of sugar. You think that's not much? Just look at the pile of sugar cubes.
Do you like Cherry Coke?
This version contains even more sugar. This is the version with the highest sugar content. You should not drink too much of it.
A pretty rare version Version
This bottle you do not see so often: the green version of coke, in it are "only" 36g of sugar per bottle. So in this small bottle, of course! In this country, however, you see this variant rather rarely.
Okay, let's first compare the sugar content. This bottle of cola contains 0g of sugar. You probably expected that.
This low-calorie version also contains 0g of sugar, and now you're probably wondering what the difference is between these two varieties. Let's take a look at the details.
The real difference
You and I could argue about whether Diet Coke and Coke Zero taste the same. At first glance (or sip?), you can't really tell the two extremely popular drinks apart. In a blind tasting, most testers fail and taste no difference.
But according to Coca-Cola, there really is a difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. There is a statement on their website about this, but it doesn't tell you everything you need to know. At least not for everyone!
The Official Truth
In a statement on its website, the brand pits the two fizzy drinks against each other, saying, "Both beverages are sugar-free and calorie-free. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar looks and tastes more like Coca-Cola Classic, while Coke-Light has a different blend of flavors that gives it a lighter taste."
But the taste is not the only difference...
The "small" difference
The key difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero is a single chemical. Despite the same nutritional values, there is no other difference. Now the big question is, of course, what is the difference between the two types? So far, the differences seem to be smaller than expected.
Let's look at the ingredients list: Coke light
Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.
Now we're looking at: Coke Zero sugar
Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.
Did you see it?
Diet Coke is missing two ingredients that the other two sugar-free options have: Potassium Citrate and Acesulfame Potassium. Acesulfame potassium is a zero-calorie sugar substitute and potassium citrate is a common additive in beverages.
Do these ingredients differ nutritionally? Not in the slightest.
Not the only difference
Although both drinks contain caffeine, the amount varies:
Regular coke 9.7 mg/100ml
Diet Coke 12.8 mg/100ml
Cola Zero 9.6mg/100ml
As you can see, the amount of caffeine in Coke Zero is almost identical to that of Regular, while the levels in Diet Coke are higher. The fact that both Coke Zero and Regular Coke contain almost the same amount of caffeine must be the reason for the almost indistinguishable taste.