Difference Between Diet Coke and Coke Zero, Difference Between

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Both ‘Diet Cokes’ and ‘Coke Zero’ are low calorie soft drinks compared to regular coke. Both have similar ingredients which are carbonated purified water, flavour, artificial sweeteners aspartame, acesulphame potassium, preservative and caffeine.

Diet Coke came on market in 1982; preferred by many in America and became the number one sugar-free drink. Diet Coke is also known as ‘Coca-Cola light’ in some countries and it is the No. 3 soft drink in the world. It is preferred by people who want no calories, but plenty of taste. Diet coke comes in many different flavours such as Black Cherry Cola Vanilla, Cola, Cola Green Tea, Cola Lemon, Cola Lemon Lime, Cola Lime, Cola Orange and Cola Raspberry.

But Coke Zero only offers’ Coca-Cola’ taste with zero calories. It is preferred mostly by young adults and it is sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium (Ace K).

So overall the only key difference between the two drinks is in the proportions of the ingredients, which actually give different flavour profile.

Coke Zero has 0.5 kilocalories per 100ml while Diet Coke contains 1 calorie. It’s been believed that men are more reluctant to buy diet coke because the word ‘diet’ associated with women. Therefore, to market the product ‘Coke Zero’ been produced to associate masculinity.

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Actually…the difference can be summed up by saying that Coke zero is a “diet” version of Coca-Cola Classic, and Diet Coke retained the now discontinued “New Coke” recipe.

Coke Zero = low Calorie “Coca Cola Classic”
Diet Coke = low calorie “New Coke”

Additionally, Coke Zero now comes in at least a couple of different flavors as I just purchased a Vanilla, and also a Cherry, flavored Coke Zero.

No, Diet Coke is an entirely different formulation which went on the market in 1982, three years before the New Coke fiasco of 1985.

You are correct that Diet Coke is not based on New Coke and that it was introduced prior to New Coke’s debut. It was more the other way around.

The Diet Coke formula was used as the basis of New Coke. One of the prevailing theories is that the Diet Coke flavor was pretty popular and it tasted better than original Coke with the super-sweet High Fructose Corn Syrup that Coca Cola was shifting to in the early/mid-80s.

The response to New Coke was so negative that they continued working on the formulation and finally came up with a balance with HFCS that tasted pretty close to original coke and this became Coke Classic.

Zero Coke in nothing more than New Coke with artificial sweetner. They are probably trying to get rid of the vats of New Coke syrup they were stuck with.

Drinking almost any diet or sugarfree softdrinks containing ASPARTAME will significantly increase your chances of liver failure and other various organ diseases if you want cancer it is a known carcinogen they did studies in the 70’s and already knew then that it was going to cause deaths,
It is just another slow kill weapon released into the food chain on purpose by the elite.

That is total Boo-loney

No, you are wrong..

My uncle is the director for the sales in europe for certain countries..
Coke zero and the diet coke are the same, but men purchase coke zero, women purchase diet coke

BINGO! This is the TRUE answer!

No, you are wrong, they are both 0 calories, apparently the only difference is TASTE.

And what makes them alike is that both rot teeth, and contain no nutritional value.

Well… actually they don’t rot your teeth. There’s no sugar in them. But you are correct, they have zero nutritional value, only taste.

the acid in them damages your teeth, whether there’s sugar or not. Trust me, I found out the hard way.

The carbonation is bad for your teeth.

Actually, the acidity in both these drinks will damage teeth.

Actually the main cause of acidity in these drinks is caused by sugar. So bhm is right that they are not as bad for your teeth but no one’s pretending that there aren’t other problems with drinking low sugar fizzy drinks.

actually, a friend of mine is and executuve for coke and DIET COKE came out long before ZERO or NEW COKE. NEW COKE is still available in the south and ZERO IS NOT NEW COKE. it is the original coke with no sugar.

um, I live in the south and I’ve never heard of such a thing as “new coke”.

Both Coke Zero and Diet Coke add Phosphoric Acid to generate a pH just below 5. The added acid is vry strong and will eat away your enamel then your teath. It is the acid that makes it burn a little in your mouth when you drink it and some call it a refreshing feeling. Coke has an exclusion from the federal government from having to have acid placards on their trucks according to the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act (1975) . Coke Zero and Diet Coke have a pH in the range of 2.5 compared to the human body which has a pH around 7.2; Corrosive placards are required for liquids with Ph below 3.5.

Coca Cola light in other countries does not taste like Diet Coke in the US. Coca Cola Light tastes more like Coke Zero. From what I can gather, the taste differences are a result from the sweetners that they use. They do not use the same sweetners in the zero calorie options either in the US or around the world.

Is there more caffeine in Coke Light as compared to Diet Coke or Coke Zero? I’m in Europe and getting a reaction to it.

I know Diet Coke has more caffeine than than Coke Zero, but I have no idea of the caffeine content of Coke Light.

In South Africa the name just changed from Diet Coke to Coke Light, so I’m sure it’s the same formula with different branding..

actually, both coke zero and diet coke contain the same amount of caffeine.

I have never tasted coke anywhere around the world like it does in the US, don’t know why

Coke Classic in the U.S. uses corn syrup to sweeten, where as most other counties use sugar. I prefer non-U.S. Coke’s taste over our corn syrup version.

Is diet coke is good than coke zero..
i think soft drinks are not good for health..

Sodas are good as treats. They are not healthy as water replacements.

I refer to Coke Zero as Crack Zero because it is my drug of chocie. I love it, crave it, consume it by the gallon. HOWEVER….. after a year of being a major consumer of Coke Zero, I have dumped it cold turkey.
And I did so for one reason- they won’t offer a caffeine version of it. I wrote Coke and inquired thru their PR department if they were going to offer a caffeine version, like they do with Diet Coke. They said they have no plans to do so.
If you google the words “coke zero caffeine free” you will see a startling large and growing community of Coke Zero fans who have demanded a caffeine free version and when it didnt come, they abandon the drink.
So now I have fallen in love with Diet Rite. Tastes like Coke Zero but has no caffeine and NO SODIUM!
Dear Coke, I’ll switch back when the caffeine is gone.

well man, get back on the coke zero,
because now all over europe you can find ”coke zero caffeïne Free”!
I must say to all of you…even with a bith of a shame… I’m a coke addict !
I drink a minimum of 2,5 litres a day of coke zero, I’ve been drinking coke from when I was a toddler and am now 34 summers old.
Now when I drink only water for 1 day, my stomach is all upset until I drink that black gold again… what can I do ?? I already tried and cold turkey won’t work for me…

Oh man, it hurts to read your post, lansing.
Your addiction may have serious repercussions to your health. Ignorance may be bliss, and it’s your body and all, but I’d really recommend to inform yourself a bit about the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners. For instance:

or just Google a bit. Once you’ve read some non-industry-funded, independent studies on the effects you may think twice before consuming aspartame. I have come to consider it as pure poison and would not drink it if they paid me.

May the Force be with you!

You understand that these websites are as valid as the ones put out by people who believe in the illuminati, contrails, magic foot pads, and lizard people, right? There are no studies involved. These are wack-jobs who will believe any conspiracy being fed to them. The actual studies have found no poisonous results. Sure, no soft drink is good for you, but who the hell expects it to be? I’m pretty sure the people hung up on how bad soft drinks are, don’t eat a properly balanced diet with the full amount of fruits and vegetables. I wouldn’t be in least bit surprised if these same people partake of tobacco or marijuana-both of which are validly poisonous substances.
Instead of reading websites put out by people with crazy agendas, read the ones put out by actual scientific entities.
On the other hand, I don’t often drink sugar-free stuff because I’m also scared of the possibility of cancer. But that’s mainly based on the fact that the original fake sweetener (saccharine) was in use in my childhood, and that one actually does have proven toxic effects.
Vaccines don’t cause diseases either, but lots of people will buy that propaganda, too.

“I wouldn’t be in least bit surprised if these same people partake of tobacco or marijuana-both of which are validly poisonous substances.”

You know you’re dealing with a sophomore, when she is using words like “validly”.

Lots of substances are “poisonous”. Doesn’t mean that using them every now and then will kill you.

“Instead of reading websites put out by people with crazy agendas, read the ones put out by actual scientific entities.”

Once, people thought that Ignaz Semmelweis had a “crazy agenda”. LOL.

“Vaccines don’t cause diseases either, but lots of people will buy that propaganda, too.”

I’m sure those women that died as a result of getting HPV vaccines would disagree, but they can’t.

Protip: there’s a reason vaccines have to be approved by things like the FDA. They’re dangerous.

I too LOVE coke zero. Before coke zero I drank diet coke.. I also liked the diet coke made with splenda.. but I haven’t seen it in a while. I have been drinking cokes (usually all diet types) since I was 16 years old. I am now 26. But when I was 20, I decided I HAD to drink more water. SOO here’s what I do, and hopefully this will help you. For every coke zero I have the next drink has to be water. So I alternate every other drink.

Love the idea! Thanks

I live in the Chicago metro-area, midwestern North America, and have seen both Diet Coke (with Aspartame as noted in the nutrition label) and Coke with Splenda (with the Splenda logo in bold on the box next to the Diet Coke labeling) in the same isle at the grocery stores. The Splenda is of course also listed in the nutrition label as well.
The most recent studies I have read is that they are still studying artificial sweetners and what effects they have on the body. Thus far it seems that the artificial sweetner with the least problems linked to it is Splenda. It was stated that if you were using arificial sweetners it would be wise to chose Splenda, even then moderation in everything. Additionally Sugar has been recently called a addictive poison by researchers.
I don’t recall when sugar was introduced to the western world (Europe) but it seems we did fine without it for centuries. Since it was introduced and became plentiful and popular in the west, it seems we’ve become addicted to it and it is added to so many of our foods (of course some foods do produce natural sugars; which are actually no better for you). Try to find foods without sugar on the label!
From what I’ve seen offered in our local grocers, it would seem Diet Coke with Splenda is only offered in a Cola flavor, while Diet Coke with Aspartame is offered in a few varities; Cherry, Vanilla, Raspberry, Lime, etc. As for Coca-Cola Zero it seems to be offered in Cola and Cherry flavors. Although some of the new burger places in my town now have the fancy soda machines where you can mix your own flavors or even products together. Kinda of cool as I’ve been able to try flavor blends that might not exist in my part of the country.

Diet Rite is my favorite!

Funny, I got hooked on Diet Coke in the 80’s, and it was love at first taste.
So I’ve referred to diet Coke as my crack habit because it was instant addiction.

I always thought Coke Zero used sweetners, and Coke Zero used sugars

How can they use sugars and be low calorie.

It’s not just the caffeine and sugar that are a problem. The aspartame (the sugar replacement) is a much bigger problem than both of these. When I occasionally crave a soft drink, I just drink Coke – I’d rather the 7 teaspoons of sugar that my body can at least recognise than the chemicals that my body really doesn’t know how to deal with.

It’s naive to think that because you’re drinking a sugar free soft drink that it’s ok for your health. It’s not even the lesser of the two evils!

Better to have these soft drinks occasionally rather than all the time and if you’re addicted then there’s the proof they are a problem for you.

I don’t drink either, and avoid Coke (and anything else with sugar) at all costs. The fructose in normal coke (weather it be from sucrose or HFCS) is more poisonous than aspartame. And your body does not recognise it, like you suggest – it bypasses all receptors (and blocks them for normal foods!) and gets processed by your liver into fat, and causes metabolic syndrome. Nutritionists need to get up to date with the latest biochemical research.

Anyone pretending to know the facts about the effects of artificially sweetners beyond saying “studies suggest” are either lying or ignorant. For some people having high blood sugar is more of a problem than for others, either way, research the facts yourself and decide if it is right for you.

Appreciation for this infomartoin is over 9000—thank you!

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