It’s the battle of the artificial sweetener and natural sugar, but either way it doesn’t take a lot to know that these aren’t healthy choices. I’ve seen so many people order a salad and a can of diet coke – y’know, those trying eat clean but also indulge ‘mindfully’, hence the diet coke. Should this be questionable or is coke zero really fine?

 

What is coke made of?

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When coke was first launched, its main ingredients were cocaine and caffeine, hence the name ‘coca’, but cocaine was removed in 1903. Simply put, coke is mainly made up of water, sugar, flavourings, and caffeine, or if you’d like a more accurate breakdown –

Carbonated Water, Sucrose, Caramel Colour, Phosphoric Acid, Flavourings, and Caffeine

Yeah, that’s a bunch of artificial stuff, but according to the coca-cola website, all additives are ‘known and proven to be safe’.

 

What nutrients are there in coke?

A can of coke (330ml), is 139 calories and contains nothing but sugar. There’s not a trace of protein, fibre, or any vitamins that are essential for us so if we do drink it, we’re basically drinking sugar and colourings. It sort of looks like this:

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Picture credits: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/sugary-soft-drinks.html

So coke zero does seem better right…?

 

Which is worse?

Did you know that coke zero was given the healthier choice symbol in Singapore? So based on Singapore’s Health Promotion Board, coke zero is the lesser evil because it does not contain sugar, but the artificial sweetener ‘acesulfame-k’. This artificial sweetener has been listed as safe by health authorities. However, it is important to note that coke zero will not help if your main goal is weight loss. On the down side, it may even lead to a weight gain as artificial sweeteners trigger the sweet tooth and lead to even more sugar cravings.

 

Trust in the water

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Water is the original zero calorie drink. It’s paleo, gluten free, calorie free, vegan – well basically everyone can drink it. If you’re not used to drinking water, squeeze a lemon in, oranges, and all that good stuff 🙂

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