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Diet Coke is my vice. I don't like tea or coffee (I know, I'm weird), so my caffeine fix or break from the monotony of water is usually Diet Coke. I do try and mix it up with other drinks for variety, but this one is my favourite and first choice. I used to drink the regular 'full fat' version as I disliked the artificial sweetness of Diet Coke initially, but wanting to lose some weight I made the switch and found weight came off a lot easier. I have since stuck to the diet version as it has no calories or sugar. However is does have aspartame and other artificial products that may not be healthy for you either and there are various (mostly debunked) stories surfacing about them. I guess as individuals we need to decide for ourselves, it is known to be a problem if you have a problem breaking down phenylalanine however and this is usually mentioned in the ingredients.
Taste wise this is a sweet drink, and I now much prefer it to original coke, finding it less sweet than the sugar laden version. It is a good mixer when served with alcoholic spirits and is particularly nice with ice and a twist of lime (or lemon if you prefer).
At present you can get a 175ml bottle for £1.85, and different supermarkets sometimes swap offers between this brand and Diet Pepsi (its main rival). Individual cans (330ml) are about 65p and 500ml bottles £1.25. This depends on where you purchase them - smaller independent shops like newsagents often charge slightly more. It is certainly a brand to watch for multi-buy deals.
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Colour (Caramel E150d), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Natural Flavourings Including Caffeine, Phosphoric Acid, Citric Acid. Contains a Source of Phenylalanine
Ahhhhh, Diet Coke, the slim silver sister of the iconic Coca-Cola. This is my constant companion in terms of soft drinks. Fizzy, tasty, and refreshing, I tend to ask for it in preference to the original version, not because it's 'Diet' but because I actually think it's nicer.
There's a lot of debate over just how good for you diet soft drinks actually are, and I'm not going to get into that here, but it's sufficient to say that it's a sugar-free option with sweeteners used instead. That makes it handy for diabetics if nothing else.
It combines well as a mixer for alcoholic drinks (Bacardi, vodka, etc.) and there's nothing quite like a cold glass of the stuff (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) with ice on a hot day.
I know that a lot of the advertising tends to focus on appealing to women (probably because of that little word 'Diet' and pre-conceived stereotypical notions) but I think, though it weirdly seems to be a macho thing to avoid the silver can/label (just from observations of male family and friends,) that it really doesn't matter what gender you are: if you want a Diet Coke - drink it!
As with most things that taste good, it's probably best enjoyed in moderation. It's caffeinated for a start. Plus the aforementioned sweetener has had some really bad press in the past health-wise. Oh, and it acts as a mild diuretic, which is why if you drink a bucket of it at the cinema you have to get up to pee half-way through the film.
So, overall, a fab drink - but all things in moderation!
I tend to buy all the diet versions of soft drinks rather than the original ones anyway so its not surprising that I am a fan of Diet Coke!
For those of you who do not know Diet Coke is produced by the Coca Cola drinks company (the market leader) Diet Coke actually currently holds 15% of the overall soft drinks market share so I guess I am not the only fan!
I do not think this is the best tasting drink in the world and I tend to prefer the taste of fruity drinks, however sometimes when i'm sick of water and fruit juice I will buy this to get my fizzy fix.
A 250ml serving contains only 1 calorie compared to 108 calories in the original version, so you have to ask yourself is it really worth it? Switch to Diet Coke I say!
I prefer this drink to the full sugar version as it does not leave my teeth with that 'squeaky' feeling that I get with the original one as well as the colries I am saving.
If you have an Aldi supermarket near you I would suggest going there to pick up this drink as I get a two pack of 2 Litre bottles for only £2 which is much cheaper than anywhere else I have been (unless there is some sort of special deal or offer on of course)
I will give it 4 stars as it is my favourite fizzy drink but Its not my favourite tasting drink overall, I also think it can be a bit pricey depending on where you buy it.
As stated in another review of mine I don't see the point in Diet versions of soft drinks however I have tasted this drink before so feel the need to review it. The drink itself is what I would describe as okay, it does the purpose of a drink which is to quench ones thirst however if you have bought this drink expecting it to be exactly like Coca Cola but you'll feel healthier then you're wrong.
For me I love sugary stuff as bad as it is for me. This drink is obviously cut down on sugars and other condiments so I believe there is a strong difference in taste. I'd say it's better than Coke Zero but only just. It tastes very bland and almost like it's missing that 'kick'. I always wonder when people say "I can't taste the difference" I mean really? You can't taste the fact it tastes so sugarless?
If you like sugary drinks and you love Coca Cola then approach this drink with a thought in your mind that it will not be the same as Coke otherwise you will be hugely disapointed by the bland tasting version of Diet Coke.
I find it hard to believe that I haven't yet reviewed Diet Coke, since it is my favourite drink in the world, and has been for YEARS. Well, soft drink anyway!
Personally I can't stand full-fat coke, although I liked it as a child (and didn't like Diet Coke then - funny how tastes change). It's not just the thought of the amount of sugar in it, it's the taste (probably this explains why I don't like Coca Cola Zero either), and I always feel like it's rotting my teeth there and then (mind you, I'm aware that Diet drinks aren't that great for teeth either, but I'm not here to debate that. At 31 I'm happy to say that I have no fillings (aside from the one due to a drunken accident, probably following vodka and Diet Coke!) , but then I don't drink copious amounts of fizzy drinks. For me they are mostly a treat!
---Can or Bottle?---
Personally I feel that Diet Coke tastes best out of a can straight from the fridge (the can says best served ice cold on it) which is what I'm doing while writing this review - cans were on special offer!) Of course this isn't usually the most cost effective way of drinking it. I tend to buy 2 litre bottles of Diet Coke if I'm going to use as a mixer or if I think I'm going to drink a lot, and these I tend to keep in the fridge, and then serve with ice too if I have some.
That said though I don't mind Diet Coke from a non chilled bottle, and that's how I tend to drink it when I stay with my parents - my mum always gets me in a couple of bottles when I go to stay.
---It goes with everything!---
If I'm out and about then 99% of the time I will order Diet Coke if I'm having a soft drink. Obviously it's not always Diet Coke that you get, that will depend on whether the establishment has a deal with Coca Cola or Pepsi. To be honest I'm not that bothered, as it never tastes the same when it's on draught anyway. I ALWAYS have Diet Coke with McDonalds...and I have to say it irritates me when people criticise people ordering Diet drinks with fast food - I order Diet Coke because I don't like full-fat coke - so there!
Of course Diet Coke isn't just to be used as a soft drink - it is perfect as a mixer with vodka, whiskey, brandy, rum, and Malibu (among others). If you're buying an expensive single malt then you're most likely not going to want to waste it by mixing it with Diet Coke. However, it goes well with cheaper drinks, and I have to say that it makes cheaper vodka and whisky taste better! A double vodka and Diet Coke is one of my drinks of choice, and even better with a slice of lemon in it. I love the addition of lemon (whether with alcohol or not)- I think that's why I particularly liked Diet Coke with Lemon when that was widely available - they currently seem to only do a Citrus Zest version which I think is different.
If you drink a lot of Diet Coke (or any Coca Cola drinks) it's worth signing up to Coke Zone (www.cokezone.co.uk) and saving up for rewards. Bottles (large and the small 500ml 'on-the-go' bottles) have a code on them which you type in (although sometimes they can be quite hard to read and they don't register), and cans (although not multipack cans) have a code on their ring pull. I have to say that I often forget about this, and therefore it's going to take me even longer to save up for a Diet Coke T-shirt which I have wanted for years!
---What's in it? And the taste!---
Diet Coke contains carbonated water, colour, sweeteners (including aspartame which I think some people object to), flavourings (including caffeine), phosphoric acid, citric acid. It contains a source of Phenylalanine.
The best bit is that a 330ml can contains just 1Calorie. Personally since I don't drink a lot of Diet Coke, I do see it as a treat, and an almost calorie free treat is fantastic!
I like that it has caffeine in it, as it perks me up. However there is a caffeine free version - I don't really think it's that great as it goes flat VERY quickly.
I don't know how to explain the taste of Diet Coke (and really I'd be very surprised if anyone reading this hasn't tried it)...it's different from any other Cola. It's the perfect sweetness (not sickly sweet like full-fat coke) and fizziness. I don't find it as gassy as some other colas and it doesn't leave me burping!
I LOVE Diet Coke. However, due to its cost I tend not to buy it often, as I find that Pepsi Max is usually cheaper. For instance the other week in my local shop I could get a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke for £1.99 or two 2 litre bottles of Pepsi Max for £2!
However, the other day in the Tesco Express near my parents' it was 2 bottles of Diet Coke for £2 which I was very happy about.
An 8 pack of cans usually costs between £3 and £4.50 and a box of 24 for about £10. For an individual can you can sometimes pay up to £1 - however, in some shops you can buy 4 single cans for £1! There are many different pack sizes as well.
I could go on and on, but I won't and will just say keep your eyes open for special offers and stock up then!
~* Introduction *~
I never really used to like fizzy drinks. In fact my Mum used to be a nutritionist and pretty much swore me to oath that I'd never drink a glass of it! Of course though, growing up I went to friends houses for tea and more often than not I would have a glass of coke or two. Now that I am older and make my own decisions, I do tend to buy it quite often as I like the fizziness of it, though I'm not mad on the taste. I've tried replacing it with fizzy water, but its just not the same!
~* Packaging *~
Diet Coke, just like the non diet version comes in cans & bottles. You can get small, mini sized cans, large cans, medium sized bottles and large bottles. I tend to buy the cans because I find that the big bottles can lose their fizz quite quickly and flat coke tastes disgusting!
~* Taste *~
I personally think that coke tastes a little bit like lemonade. It has a distinctive taste, and I actually prefer the diet version to the full sugar version as I find the full sugar version much too sweet. The diet version still tastes sweet but it doesn't leave my teeth feeling like they're coated in sugar! The taste of it, especially when it is straight out of the fridge is really refreshing. Although I do like the taste, now and again I will have a mouthful which tastes quite chemical heavy. This is usually more noticeable when I've not had a can of it in a while.
~* Nutritional Information *~
One full sized 330ml can of diet coke has got less than one calorie in it and absolutely no sugar. This makes it ideal for people who are on a diet or watching their sugar intake. A full fat can of coke is around 142 calories, so this is a much more appealing option to anyone watching their weight.
~* Price *~
Over the past few years I have noticed that coke has gone up quite a bit in price. A 2 litre bottle is around £2 I believe and a six pack of 330ml cans is usually £4-5.
~* The Good *~
I love the fizziness, sweetness and how refreshing the drink is. I also love how I can enjoy a sweet tasting drink which is so low in calories. Diet coke is a kind of 'cool' drink, if you have seen the adverts for it, especially the fashion advert, you will know what I mean. So I guess on a way, without sounding like a huge saddo that I feel a little more cool when I'm with my friends and drink a can of it haha! How ridiculous does that sound written down? It's hard to explain in writing. I also like the packaging, especially the cans, and I like that the packaging is recyclable.
~* The Bad *~
The bad unfortunately outweighs out the good. The first bad thing I have to say is that I find this drink very addictive, which I think is due to all of the chemical artificial sweeteners. I also find that I tend to only want to drink it if I'm eating something unhealthy like a burger and chips or something! I don't know why, but I associate even diet coke with fatty foods. Another bad thing is of course the much debated about aspartame, which is actually said to 'kill brain cells' (lol!) and make people gain weight.
A lot of these claims are more than likely a load of rubbish, however I have to say that I don't like the idea of consuming a lot of it, as it can build up in the body. A little bit of diet coke now and again wouldn't be too bad, but try telling that to someone who is majorly addicted to it, like I used to be! I managed to cut my intake down to 1 or non cans a day, which took me over six months to manage, and I genuinely had withdrawal symptoms!
~* All in All *~
Not the healthiest drink, but a great alternative to the sugar laden original version. I am in the process of trying to give it up completely, and wish I hadn't started drinking it in the first place now that I am a lot more focused on the nutritional value and healthiness of food and drink.
A lot of diet products try very hard to taste just like their sugared counterpart, and some succeed where as others fail, tasting like a watered down, or stunted version. Diet coke if the exception, it tastes sort of like coke, but also has it's own iconic taste- so even if you're not into diet drinks then you might opt for diet coke just for it's 'twist on a classic' taste.
I find diet coke to be dryer than regular coke, the same as happens with wine when you remove the sugar, this gives it a less syrupy taste and the secret blend of herbs and spices (wait, is that the KFC slogan?) that make up coca cola can be allowed to take centre stage instead of being the backing singers to a dominant caramel taste.
I'm not a health freak so I don't know the calorie content, I don't know how much sugar is in regular coke compared to this, but I do know that sometimes I want a full fat coke, and other times I want a diet coke, purely for the taste and absolutely nothing to do with those rather sexy TV adverts we all know and love ;)
the bottles have the iconic coca cola shape, and the can's are silver with red accents- I think of all the diet brands the silver and red is the best looking and presents the strongest brand identity.
A nice drink for when you want the coke taste, but toned down a little
Having previously done a review on Coca Cola drinks I was a little disappointed to see that there was an option to review Diet Coke and other flavours in the brand. However, I will attempt to expand further on my initial review and make it relevant to this diet coke.
I am not a great drinker of fizzy juice, as I don't feel it does much to quench the thirst usually. The only reasonable comparison I can make with this product is between the original Coke products.
The main difference is that this is the Diet version of the Coke brand. The fact that it is diet simply means that this is sugar free. This becomes very apparent if you have both versions side by side in a taste test. I'm not exactly sure what they put in as a substitute but you can definitely tell that a lot is missing when compared to the original brand. To me it tastes extremely fake and I don't enjoy the taste. I would only drink this if there was nothing else around.
As written in my previous review this can come in various packaging from cans to bottles, depending on what you require. What makes this brand more distinguishable from the original coke brand is that it has silver labels and packaging as opposed to the red packing of the original flavour.
This really isn't for me and it's only something I would have if my next option down was tap water. But it allows Coca Cola to sell their products to a larger market.
Soft drinks are a must in my home, I have lots of grandchildren who always want a drink when they come to visit me and so stocking up with different varieties of drinks for them to enjoy is part of my weekly shop. Coke is a favourite and I buy this brand quite often.
The drink comes housed in a clear plastic bottle with the usual twist off top. The label on the front. Once the top is removed the smell of this coke is really nice. It is a fizzy drink and with this one, it doesn't lose the fizz as quickly as the cheaper variety. Once poured and left for a while, I do find when I return to drink the rest from the glass, the fizz is still there. This shows the quality of this drink. It fizzes nicely as it is being poured into a glass, which is also good and shows the quality.
It doesn't have a bitter taste or sour, it is just a nice pleasant taste. My wife likes to drink it sometimes with Bicardi. It is a really good mixer drink added to other drinks. Really good drink to buy for those occasions when you have friends around for the evening. This one never disappoints any of my friends when we have dinner parties.
It comes in various sized bottles and cans. Multi packs and single bottles. I recently bought a pack of 4 x 2 litre bottles for £5. I noticed a single bottle was priced at almost £2 and so thought I would save some money buying the pack of 4. With this brand, the different variety of sized bottles and the amount of cans in a pack is vast and so there is lots of choice if you are just wanting a few bottles or cans or smaller bottles for carrying in a bag etc.
I love the taste of the coke, it is a strong taste of the coke and not a weak drink compared to some other brands. This one suits all my family and a nice refreshing drink. I like to keep my coke in the fridge. When I pour myself a glass of this coke from the fridge it tastes really nice chilled.
I do think the coke is priced at a good price and is very good value for money. I highly recommend it and the taste is superb and one of the best tasting drinks. I don't mind cheaper brands but this brand is one of the best around.
Because it is a diet drink, it contains far less calories and so is ideal if you are on a diet. The amount f calories per 100ml is only half a calorie and so very good amount for a soft drink to enjoy and not miss out on drinking a soft drink on a hot day. It is sugar free.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Is gluten, nut and dairy free too.
The bottle can be recycled too.
I love the taste of this drink, it tastes really nice on the palette and really refreshing.
I rate it 5 stars.
Coca Cola Zero is a Coca Cola product, that is claimed to have 0 sugar. It has the same characteristics as any Coca Cola beverage, only that it doesn't have sugar. This makes it highly marketable, because , nowadays, people pay much more attention on what they eat or drink.
I don't recall when I had my first Coca Cola, but I DO recall when I drank the first Cola Light. It was good overall, but I just couldn't get over that taste.It has something specific,I can't describe its taste. At first,I though it was me,but as I bought more and more bottles,I knew that that's the drinks taste. Anyway,this doesn't bother me now.I still sense the different taste,but I can cope with it rather good.
I did a little bit o research on what sweetener did Cola Diet use,because you could still sense the sweetness.It may had no sugar,but what sweetener did it have? Turns out they switched from a sweetener to another. They used sucrose(tablesugar),sucralose,aspartame, and even fructose!I have seen many many drinks that contain fructose.Fructose is a carbohydrate that doesn't need insulin in order to be metabolized.This means that,although it won't make you fat by using other carbs, there is no limit(aside from plain diffusion) on what could your fructose limit would be. This in turn can make you fat.
I also found out that some Diet Cokes still contain traces of saccharin,and this explains the metallic taste,But,fortunately,saccharin has almost no caloric energy,so this is OK.
Also,what I found out by accident using Coke Diet, is that it react very very bad with Mentos.I had some in my mouth and when I tried to drink(I didn't know about the ongoing sensation with this combination) I became a human fountain!After seeing this I decided to test other Coke and Pepsi products,to see if the result is confirmed by some,or even any of it.he result?No.Just Diet Coke reacted that violently.
I am an avid fan of diet coke!
Diet coke generally is a sugar free version of 'coca cola'. It generally comes in 2 litre bottles, 500ml bottles, 330ml cans and more recently 1.25 litre 'share size' bottles.
It is a sweet carbonated drink. I love the taste. It is very refreshing and definitely quenches your thirst. An advantage of being sugar free is that it does not contribute to your daily calorie allowance, I personally prefer to use up calories on food! Sugar free also means it would be suitable for those with diabetes or other conditions requiring a reduced sugar intake.
Some disadvantages in my opinion are the caffeine content which means that too much diet coke can have a negative health impact.
Diet coke CAN be expensive, and when it becomes a habit definitely wastes pennies! It is useful to look out for offers and stock up. I find that multi packs of cans can be economical, for example at the minute Tesco have 6 cans on offer for £1.67, around 28p a can which is much cheaper than the 70p you would pay to buy a single can at a convenience store.
I personally prefer to drink diet coke from a can. I find the 500ml bottles to be slightly more carbonated which I don't like!
I like diet coke on it's own but am also fond of it used as a mixer e.g. with vodka.
If you haven't tried it, give it a whirl!
I personally prefer Pepsi to Coke but I was out the other day and Coke was all that was available in diet drinks, being diabetic meant it was Diet Coke or nothing so I bought a bottle, I don't dislike Diet Coke I just don't think its as good as its rival Pepsi.
Diet Coke is sold in a plastic curvy shaped bottle that is instantly recognised as a a Coca Cola bottle. The bottle is textured around the bottom half and has the Coca Cola logo moulded into the plastic. The lid is a simple screw top and has Coke Zone written on it, this refers to www.cokezone.co.uk where you can win prizes and get freebies. The bottle has a small label around the middle which informs the customer that this sugar free diet Coke. The nutritional information is also given per 100ml's and states that this amount of Diet Coke contains just 0.5 calorie. The label also gives the ingredients and a little bit of detail about the product and bottle which is 100% recyclable excluding the lid and label.
Just like Pepsi the taste of Diet Coke is hard to describe, it smells quite fruity but the taste is just coke! I think Diet Coke is less sweet than Pepsi and definitely less fizzy, if I'm going to have a fizzy drink I like it to be really fizzy, Diet Coke, in my opinion, tends to go flat very quickly and need drinking straight away, I also think Diet Coke has a slightly bland watery after taste.
Having said that though I don't dislike Diet Coke it does make a refreshing drink and isn't too bad as a mixer it just seems a bit weaker and less sweet than Pepsi.
Diet Coke is available in most shops, pubs, and just about anywhere that sells drinks. Tesco are currently selling a 2 litre bottle for £1.98 Asda and Waitrose are the same. If you like Coca Cola and are dieting or have to follow a sugar free diet then this might well suit you. but in my personal opinion its just not as good as Pepsi.
When initially purchasing this product I thought it would taste the same, if not very similar to it's original red brother. However upon putting the bottle to my lips, I found that it tasted very different. Instead of receiving a refreshing burst of tasty sweet liquid, it tastes somewhat bland and incredibly gassy. I was immediately disappointed with what I had purchased. However, it did come without the overhanging guilt that an original bottle of Coca-Cola comes with as it is low in sugar and distinctively healthier than the original.
I would recommend this product to people dieting or trying to get healthy as it proves a suitable substitute for the original. It provides a fizzy beverage that is maybe lacking in taste but makes up for it's tastelessness in nutritional value.
Overall I would stick to the original if it was my personal choice and if i was looking for a perfect beach body I'd probably stick to water.
After being an avid soft drinks fan for most of my life, I was once disappointed that they did not have the original coke in my chosen retail outlet to satisfy my thirst. I decided to take a risk with the diet version; which may also benefit my figure.
However, I feel this was a very poor decision, as this brand seemed to leave me feeling more bloated and 'gassy' than normal; culminating in a series of unusually 'frothy' burps. Since then I have always made the conscious effort to stick with original coke or at least pick an alternative soft drink.
On the other hand, many friends of mine rather enjoy the diet version, believing they can enjoy it with a reduce sense of guilt. As I do not find this the case however, I would simply say: stick to the original, but personally, I am a Pepsi man myself.
Diet Coke is a well Known soft drink that tastes quite sweet but not as sweet as its sugary brethren regular coke. In can form it comes in a striking silver can with white stripes down the side and it has the words "Diet Coke" emblazoned in black and red. I personally find it the best of all cokes from a taste point of view though it is more expensive than Barr's Diet Coke or other such bargain brands.
Comparing it to pepsi and pepsi max which are also both supposed to be low sugar products I have to say that in my opinion the taste is superior, as in my opinion those other drinks just don't seem to fizz on the taste buds the same way diet coke does and though quite distinct from regular coke are probably closer to regular coke than anything else in my opinion. Thus I find diet coke as the original sugar free coca cola to also be the superior brand.
The down side with all coke-cola brands be it regular or diet coke is the inclusion of caffeine although perversely this is also what attracts a lot of people to the drink, the idea that one can consume this beverage and then be able to continue to work at a harder level for longer.
The reason I list this as a down side and not a positive is because of its societal impact, some people just can't tolerate caffeine at all and thus may sometimes feel excluded in a social situation when every one else is drinking caffeinated coke and they are stuck with caffeine free coke. It may make them feel a little isolated and excluded and I am sure most brands are striving to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
The second reason I list this as a drawback is that caffeine is psychoactive substance and thus affects how one thinks and may not be good for those who are impulsive more commonly this can pose problems of addiction to many people who can end up doing more harm to their body than good by consuming excessive caffeine.
The product does work as it should with massive demand being put on vendors worldwide to sell copious amounts to thirsty consumers, indeed I myself love the taste of it more than any other brand of coke.
It is this drink I think that in my mind makes coke the tour de force that is, the market leader, and not its excessively sweet regular brand. However I also think it should be used in moderation and that the consumer should sometimes think about buying caffeine free diet coke which has almost as good a taste without the danger of damaging your body through caffeine consumption.
One can of caffeinated coke a day to keep you going is fine and tastes brilliant, five or six is probably counter productive as it gets your body depending on caffeine to perform at all rather than utilising the potential caffeine has in moderation to raise your performance level at work or college.
Another downside that makes it somewhat exclusive to some consumers is the inclusion of phenylalanine which cannot be broken down by those with Phenyl Ketone Urea syndrome or PKU for short. I myself am quite sensitive to caffeine so can only drink a few cans before I don't enjoy the negative personal impact of having to more frequently make trips to the toilet.
I have one friend for whom caffeine increases their blood pressure to sky high levels due to abnormal excessive sympathetic nervous system activation in response to caffeine and another with PKU and they have both mentioned this drink along with several other products as being somewhat exclusive because myself and others are able to enjoy them whilst they can't. They don't understand why it is not possible to make changes that retain the original taste but remove most of the caffeine and the phenylalanine.
So whilst I may enjoy it I feel bad from those who the product unintentionally excludes from experiencing it.