Im intrigued by the fact that there are soooo many gay men addicted to it. Do they really put crack in it keep people addicted?
I think Ive only had two my entire life. I really don't understand how you get hooked on something that tastes like real Coke mixed with sink water. Please explain.
Caffeine is addictive, I'm not much of a soda drinker either but I imagine it is similar to a coffee addiction, which I certainly have.
I can understand Coke Zero addiction. That actually tastes good. I saw some say that Coke Zero was meant to be marketed at men - their Pepsi Max - while Diet Coke was for women.
I think these drinks are all addictive and the diet version is just as bad, if not worse with all the extra chemicals and sweeteners added.
Only fat fraus drink Diet Coke (which tastes like aluminium to me). Coke Zero is the male equivalent.
I used to love Tab. What a unique taste! God knows what was in it!
My husband quit drinking almost 2 years ago. But now he drinks a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke every day. He hates Coke Zero.
I will occasionally have a Dr. Pepper 10, or a bottle of root beer from our local craft brewer.
I'd rather have a nice unsweetened ice tea with lemon.
Can someone pick me up a Diet-Rite? I need it to wash down my Metrecal.
I drink Diet Pepsi (with caffeine), water, and Diet Lemon Iced Tea.
That's it. I don't drink coffee, or alcohol. Diet Coke taste disgusting.
How could anybody hate Coke Zero, it tastes just like real coke. I'm addicted to it. I drink a 6 pack a day.
r5 [quote]drinks a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke every day.
Holy fucking shit. Do you know how bad that crap is?
r8 [quote] I drink a 6 pack a day.
Pepsi One tastes most like "real" cola--it's sweetened with Splenda.
Wrong r11. And r10 no one needs you being all judgy.
I hate Coke Zero BECAUSE it tastes like real Coke. I never drank real Coke (or any other carbonated beverage) until Diet Coke came out in the mid-'80s. After that I was hooked-- three or four every morning at work (and often one on the way, if I was driving.) But never after lunch; didn't like the caffeine effect on my sleeping. And it's hard to find Caffeine-Free DC (or any other uncaffeinated diet soda) at a restaurant.
If I mistakenly get served regular Coke at a restaurant, I have to send it back -- it's so sickly sweet I can't even get down more than one gulp.
The main thing I miss when traveling outside of the U.S. is that Diet Coke tastes different.
It's not just the caffeine. It's the sweetness too. Your brain gets psychologically addicted to that.
Once you have had Coke Zero, Diet Coke tasty as vile as Tab. It is nasty.
Pepsi One is the best tasting no calorie soda. Pepsi Max is the runner up, then Coke Zero. Diet Coke is just nasty.
[quote] a bottle of root beer from our local craft brewer.
How come you never see a thin person drinking Diet Coke?
I can't believe there are people who PREFER Diet Coke to the real stuff. Then again Coke is crap anyway. Pepsi is better. I hardly ever drink cola and when I do, I prefer to drink the real stuff to diet.
Diet sodas hurt your diet, not help it. I don't remember the specifics enough to explain it, but I have seen several articles that talk about studies finding the same result over and over.
I think it had something to do with your brain expecting calories (energy) to accompany the sweet taste, and then when there aren't any your brain increases your hunger as a result.
I think there was also something about people not having evolved for such strong sweetness as the artificial sweeteners provide. When you get used to the sweetness of constantly drinking diet soda, your baseline gets reset or something. So say you eat a piece of cake, and normally you would go 'ew that's too sweet' instead your brain just kinda says 'meh, whatever' and you keep on eating.
Like I said, I forget the specifics. The articles are out there for the really interested. Google is your friend.
Diet sodas are a diuretic so if you give them up you will in the short term gain weight. You will also have severe caffeine withdrawal.
Yes, they make you hungry and gain weight. Yes they assault your kidneys with salt. But in the short term, giving them up causes misery.
R12. No, I'm not--it has less dirty aftertaste.
Should be diety not dirty. damn autocorrect.
There is some evidence that suggest what you are talking about priming your body for calories R21 but it is still more of a working hypothesis.
But your second point is the real problem alot of people have with diet sodas. They continue the real problem because they continue acclimating people to very sweet flavors. People aren't meant to be eating and drinking these super sweetened concoctions. Once you get rid of relying on that you realize that natural sugars in a ripe seasonal fruit are perfection. And that all these sweets that inundate the American diet are absurd.
Drink water, flavored with some lemon or cucumber if you want flavor. Get used to natural flavors, not overpowered unnatural sweetness.
Splenda. Orange Crush diet soda. Very sweet, just like the real thing. Splenda is the best tasting artificial sweetener by a long mile.
Soda POP is not for everyday kids, diet or not.
Real Coke is my favourite hangover remedy. Delicious and comforting. Then a burger.
Is Splenda only in Canada?
No, we have Splenda in the US, too. It's sucralose; supposedly made from sugar. The FDA says it's OK; interestingly they don't give their OK to stevia, the current trendy natural sweetener.
I gave up Diet Coke earlier this year and have switched to diet sodas sweetened with Splenda (Hansen's Natural, Sparkling Ice) or Stevia (Zevia Soda). I also use a SodaStream to make my own.
I gave up all that stuff. I drink brewed black tea and green tea, unsweetened. Maybe an occasional club soda with lemon or lime. Soda seems gross to me anymore.
I've always had a problem drinking water because almost all water tastes either metallic or chemically to me.
[quote]I've always had a problem drinking water because almost all water tastes either metallic or chemically to me.
then WTF does the chemically cola taste like?
I encourage you all to watch this documentary on the artificial sweetener Aspartame, federal regulatory agencies, and poisoning our bodies with this shit.
Love Diet Coke. The regular stuff leaves me with a dry mouth. The HFCS?
Anyone else notice that the caffeine free versions taste even better with a more crisp taste?
same here, R32 - the sugar in regular soda leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I love diet coke and diet dr pepper.
Rum and coca. . . .
Is that you Maxine?
I drank that nasty shit all the time when I was a teenager and not smart enough to know better. I was also slightly overweight. What finished it for me was having to clean up stray bits of my college roommate's vomit after she puked the 2 liter of Diet Coke she'd drink while studying.
It's the carbonation I crave. I don't care for the sweetness, whether it's real or fake. Occasionally I'll drink a Mexican Coke, which is really good at disrupting a migraine. Generally I have mineral water with bitters. Cardamom bitters are my current favorite. I used to like Angostura but it has artificial colors in it, like Peychaud's.
No artificial sweeteners in my life, and I'm no longer pudgy. I'm not as thin as the aforementioned college roommate, but I don't have an eating disorder in my 40s, either.
The food hysteria that passes for conversation online is so bizarre. Sure, lots of anything is a bad idea, but where are all these deaths from Diet Coke and GMO foods? I thought we were all going to grow horns or third eyes from all the "toxins!". Hooey.
During Passover, Coke makes Coca-Cola and Sprite with sucrose instead of HFCS.
You can also get Dr. Pepper, Mtn. Dew in "throwback" versions made with sucrose.
Sucrose Coke has a bit more of a burn when you drink a couple of swallows out of a 6.5 oz bottle. There is Mexican Coke, but it's in 10oz bottles, which is too much to drink in one sitting.
I'm addicted to Coke Zero with added lemon juice. I could drink 2 liters a day but I don't. I found out Cola of any kind is bad for the kidneys and my kidneys are not in the best of shape to start with. Now I save it as an occasional treat.
BTW, it's just cola, diet or regular that's bad for the kidneys, not other flavors.
10 oz is too much? Are you Mayor Bloomberg?
Have you seen the machines they have now where you can make all sorts of flavors? Like Diet Raspberry Coke. I LOVE THEM.
Fanta Zero is awesome
I hate soda. Only mixed with alcohol is it acceptable.
Diet soda is awful, regular soda is worse.
WHY are people still drinking Diet Coke when Coke Zero tastes so much better?
"BTW, it's just cola, diet or regular that's bad for the kidneys, not other flavors"
So does this mean like Diet Sprite and Diet Ginger Ale aren't bad for your kidneys?
Diet Cherry Coke is where it's at.
When I was a fatty, I had a major non-diet soda addiction. I now drink a few cans of Diet Cherry Coke and it scratches my itch for sweet carbonated drinks.
[quote]Occasionally I'll drink a Mexican Coke, which is really good at disrupting a migraine.
Once in a while I'll get a sharp headache with some nausea and light sensitivity -- like a "mild" migraine -- and I'll crave a Coke (with sugar), like my cells are yelling for it.
That's about the only time I drink soda any more. Seltzer and iced tea are fine.
Coke Zero or Pepsi Max only.
[quote]It's the carbonation I crave. I don't care for the sweetness, whether it's real or fake.
Word. The fizziness must be one thing that makes these things so moreish. I know that's what I love about it.. it makes it seem more refreshing than ordinary non-carbonated drinks.
Also, I prefer ice cold drinks to hot.. again just feels more refreshing.
Those who have went off soda and tried it again after a while will know it tastes like acid. Sadly the carbonation and acid is one of the real detrimental things about it, eroding things with calcium it seems since it includes bones apparently as well as the obvious teeth. Tea and orange juice aren't perfect for that either, but hardly are bad for you like soda.
diet coke tastes nasty
Diet Coke is not addictive. Diet Pepsi is. And causes cancer.
Thank you Mrs Coca Cola ^
I too do not crave the caffeine. In fact, I drink Caffein-Free Coke Zero. However, I crave the carbonation. Drinks without carbonization are not potent enough.
When I was kicking my soda addiction, I tried drinking flavored carbonated water instead of regular soda. Sometimes I'd throw in a splash of fruit juice. It's pretty good if you weren't into soda for the caffeine and just like carbonated drinks, and has no calories.
[quote]So say you eat a piece of cake, and normally you would go 'ew that's too sweet' instead your brain just kinda says 'meh, whatever' and you keep on eating.
LOL. Great mental picture.
I have never tried Coke Zero but there are so many posts about it.
I'm going to buy some this week to try it.
Why would anyone drink Diet Coke if Coke Zero is available?
I'm addicted to that shit. Plus on occasion, it makes a great mixer with vodka.
That shit will destroy your teeth. I drank three a day for five years (I quit them 10 years ago). The enamel on my back teeth began to erode from the acid. I have spent a fortune (well, almost $10,000 out of pocket anyway) to save my back teeth. I will never touch another one of those nasty things.
Diet Coke is definitely "frau fuel" just like Olive Garden and Panera Bread is "frau chow."
I'm not addicted to Diet Coke. I am addicted to Coke Zero.
However, I have reduced my intake. When I was working, i could easily
down 6 cans a day just to keep going. When I retired in January 2013, I cut back to 2 cans a day. (I have also lost about 20 lbs in the last year. But I don't think it's due to less Coke. I'm eating better, and working out more.)
But I am at the point where I need to cut back even further, as I am concerned with the effect all soda has on tooth enamel.
It does make a meal more palatable. I often buy one and take a few sips with the food and then leave the rest there.
I could probably buy a car with the amount of money I have spent on unused soda.
Three or four Christmas seasons ago, Pepsi produced a special seasonal flavor - Pepsi Spice. I bought up extra so that it lasted into the Springtime. Every December, I wish they would bring it back. Other than that, I don't drink cola products.
It's not an addiction unless people are out there prostituting themselves for it. Then, it's an addiction.
I used to LOVE Diet Coke.
Back in the days of my office employment, I would write "PENIS" on the cans I stashed in the communal fridge, to prevent pilfering.
When I first became a "member" at COSTCO, I stocked up - with a 24-pack - for "just in case."
It passed it's freshness date before I had a chance to pop one.
OIY, VEH! There was NOTHING in the *taste* that would identify it as ANY sort of "Coke," diet or otherwise!
OMFG it was like a chemical swill.
No, it WAS a chemical swill.
Coke Zero is so much better
Even though soda consumption continues to fizzle, beverage bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is still showing some pockets of strength.
Consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell 3% in 2013, according to Beverage Digest. That marks the ninth straight drop. Coca-Cola Enterprises, one of the world's biggest bottlers of Coca-Cola products, has seen strength in Coke Zero and energy drinks.
Sales of Coke Zero, which has no carbohydrates and no calories, grew by double digits in three of the past four quarters. The drink is targeted at young adult males leery of girlie diet sodas.
Energy drinks have also been a strong performer for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Last year, its line of energy drinks grew more than 10%. The company's energy portfolio includes the Monster Beverage (MNST) Monster and Cola-Cola (KO) Relentless drinks.
Coca-Cola Enterprises will report first-quarter results April 24 before the market's open. The company is expected to deliver earnings of 44 cents a share, up 13% from a year ago. That would mark the third straight period of double-digit growth. Bottom-line growth accelerated in the past two quarters.
The firm's sales are expected at $1.93 billion, up 4% from a year ago. Revenue rose 5% and 6% in the latest two quarters.
In February, Coca-Cola Enterprises raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to 25 cents a share. That marked its seventh straight annual dividend hike. Its dividend has more than doubled in the past three years.
On an annual basis, Coca-Cola Enterprises pays $1 a share, which works out to a yield of about 2.2%. Although that is one of the lowest yields among the 10 dividend payers in the Beverages-Non Alcoholic group, Coca-Cola Enterprises has the best Composite Rating among its peers.
Besides dividends, the company has returned cash to shareholders through stock buybacks. It plans to repurchase about $800 million of its own shares this year.
I've tried to come off of it so many times. I always go back. I think NutraSweet is addictive, or whatever they use. I can drink water with Mio in it and stuff, but I have a hard time drinking plain water. It has to be the good stuff, like a bottled spring water, and it has to be ICE cold for me to even try.
Aspartame kills. Thanks to Rumsfeld pushing the FDA to approve it, in a decade or so we'll likely have some serious health issues as a result of greed.
It has spoiled my long appreciation for plain water.
I love how preachy people get when it comes to others' beverage choices. As if we don't know there are other, healthier alternatives out there.
You're probably smoking a cigarette as you type your superior, preachy commentary.
Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) is clinically addictive.
I don't understand your indignation, r74. It's crap that I readily admit to drinking, about 2/3 litre a day. I wish I didn't.
Then you have to throw out all kinds of "probablies"
Are you trapped in some relationship that requires you to be perfect?
So is the clear flavored carbonated soda water equally bad as cola? I drink the Wal-Mart water or the supermarket brand. No calories, but it has some aspartame.
I love Zevia and LaCroix sparkling water. But I still find myself buying Coke Zero / Pepsi Max when they go on sale. I don't drink them as often as I used to, but I know what the craving is like.
You can make your pop own at home, without the chemicals.
This little machine is called a "sodastream" but I'm sure there must be several types on the market. I randomly got a good deal on one and bought it for $20 bucks to give to a soda addicted friend. I'm not sure if it helped the addiction or made it worst, lmao ooops.
Here it is on amazon, if you're curious.
It still uses the addictive sweeteners though, doesn't it?
Anything can be addictive if you like it!
I'd have an easier time giving up porn and masturbation than I would Diet Coke. Shit is addictive as hell.
Diet Coke doesn't taste like Coke. To understand that is to understand all. People who like it tend to say it has a cleaner, more refreshing taste than [regular] Coke.
[quote]You can make your pop own at home, without the chemicals.
Yeah, and you can churn your own fucking butter from your own cow's milk, too. That at least has some chance of tasting better than commercially available products. But brewing your own "pop" is a little like making artisanal Cheetos at home.
I'm addicted. I have slight kidney disease and I'm not supposed to drink it at all and often I just can't help myself. I was able to stay away from it for about 4 years. Then I had one and I was back on the hook. I know there is something in it that is addicting. There are so many things I was able to give up and give up for good so it's not that I'm generally a weak person. That shit is addicting.
I love Diet Pepsi. Coke products don't appeal to me at all.
That's a myth. It was an internet hoax that got out of control.
Aspartame is harmless. It's been tested and approved by more than ninety countries worldwide.
Knock it off, Jenny McCarthy.
ALL diet drinks are bad for you. Really bad. And they actually make people GAIN weight but the unwashed masses don't understand that.
I never gained weight drinking diet soda, crackhead.
It has been many years since I had sweetened soda. I refuse to drink the diet versions. I opt for unsweetened tea or water with lemon.
Pepsi does not taste better than Coke, please bitch!
Diet Coke does not taste better than Coke.
When I was a kid, we all drank C with I (coke with ice). Absolutely delicious and so thirst quenching on a hot day.
I switched to Sodastream as I support the right of Israelis to exploit Palestinian factory workers, as well as ScarJo's need to make as much $$ as she can. Because she is going to be paying a lot of child support to her baby daddy (the unemployed French "journalist) a la crazy Halle and Gabriel:
"Halle Berry Child Support: Actress Ordered To Pay Gabriel Aubry $20,000 A Month"
That lucky bastard gets to tool around LA for the ext 12 years, and all he has to do is bring the kid to and from school and the occasional play dates and trips to the park (and he can bang all the hot moms he wants to).
[quote] ALL diet drinks are bad for you. Really bad. And they actually make people GAIN weight but the unwashed masses don't understand that.
It's not any worse than high fructose corn syrup which can give you diabetes
Does a person have to pay taxes on child support? When I was doing my taxes I saw a section for alimony. I guess the people who pay alimony can write off some of it
I love Mountain Dew!
I can't abide Diet Coke but I am in love with Coke Zero.
"Please explain" - you're a precious flower, OP, too delicate for this world.
At one point, golfer Jonh Daly claimed he was drinking 28 to 36 diet cokes a day. I find that almost impossible to believe!
Thank you Donald Rumsfeld, r88.
Dangers of Aspartame Poisoning
The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well guarded secret since the 1980s. The research and history of aspartame is conclusive as a cause of illness and toxic reactions in the human body. Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive, and its use during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies of all.
Why haven't you heard about aspartame poisoning before? Partly because the diet industry is worth trillions of American dollars to corporations, and they want to protect their profits by keeping the truth behind aspartame's dangers hidden from the public. When NutraSweet® was introduced for the 'second' time in 1981, a diet craze revolutionized America's eating protocols and a well-oiled money machine was set into motion changing modern lifestyles.
After more than twenty years of aspartame use, the number of its victims is rapidly piling up, and people are figuring out for themselves that aspartame is at the root of their health problems. Patients are teaching their doctors about this nutritional peril, and they are healing themselves with little to no support from traditional medicine.
Diet Coke is the only addiction I consider unbreakable and I overcame addiction to prescription painkillers and Klonipin. There is something in it that they are not telling us about-maybe a bit of cocaine?
I do try to substitute Diet Rite though, it does NOT contain NutraSweet, only Splenda.
You all really should give it a try-maybe we'll put pressure on Coca-Cola to manufacture Diet Coke with Splenda.
NutraSweet (Aspartame) is pure poison. The people/corporations who manufacture it/push it are as evil as Monsanto or Tobacco companies.
They add fluoride too. DC is a neurotoxin, and if you drink it, you're selling yourself out. I miss cold coke, but cutting out white sugar and DC really changed me. It was a passive act, cutting it out, but it was as if I brightened up overall appearance-wise somehow by turning the page on it.
NutraSweet dose not cause cancer, its been proven safe and if you don't believe me, check out with the American Cancer Society says.
Diet Coke dose not make you fat. The ONE study was not controlled and makes projections that are not proven.
I can attest to the fact that after drinking diet coke every day for about the last 30 years, I am totally healthy, below ravage weight for my age croup, no cancer or other physical problems.
And almost everyone of my friend my ages seems to have weight issues which I do not. Ironically its the heavy ones that are the first to pop up with the "diet coke makes you fat" theory.
Stop coming on here when you're drunk r107.
Pepsi One is bad stuff. It has high fructose corn syrup. If you have arthritis (or are thinking of getting it!) ask your doctor about this super cheap sweetener that seems to be in everything.
AT least the diet drinks don't have fructose, but I know they are not good stuff.
How can Pepsi One have fructose in it and have one calorie?
Yeah, those studies are questionable at best. People who drink Diet Coke are likely to start off overweight. People often drink Diet soda because they realize they are overweight, and they don't want to change their lifestyle to combat their weight. Instead, they make modest changes like drinking diet soda that don't really involve sacrifice.
All soda, especially diet ones, taste like chemicals to me, and the aftertaste makes me want to eat something sweet. I make peach or raspberry iced tea with filtered water and a little honey. I've also had top quality water with blueberries or raspberries added. Delicious.
My husband loves Paul Newman's Own Lemonade. He gets up and drinks it in the middle of the night. I worry about his teeth and health. We tried doing lightly flavored water but he gave up on it.
I began drinking it as part of an effort to lose weight for a specific reason many years ago. Now I don't care about the diet aspect but once you drink it for a while, the taste of regular soda is too syrupy sweet. I've been a Diet Coke lover ever since that time. I think a lot of people drink diet soda because of the flavor, not necessarily because it's "diet".
My last lover drank diet Dr. Pepper like water. Last I heard he was pushing 290 lbs.
R119, did you read some of the post on YouTube on that commercial. FDA approved worker now works for the company.
I'm going cold turkey today. So I apologize in advance for my behavior the next two weeks.
I gave up sugar and diet Coke 36 days ago after seeing the documentary "Fed Up"
Splenda acts as a mild laxative in candies, wonder if it has same effect in pops.
I avoid Diet Coke, for some reason if I drink an entire glass of it I feel slightly fuzzy and off. It's a weird feeling, something similar to the feeling of the first few days of coming off an antidepressant. I avoid it.
Strangely, diet Canada Dry ginger ale does not have the same effect on me.
[quote]Do they really put crack in it keep people addicted?
What's wrong with you?
What about a diet and coke addiction?
not many men drink Diet Coke. However, dudes will drink Coke Zero.
I'm totally addicted. I was able to give it up for many years. Then all it took was one and I'm hooked again.
Why not Coke Zero instead? It tastes so much better.
Newsflash, R122: Not everyone likes the same tastes as everyone else.
R84 = Phife Dawg
I think some people are also addicted to the flavour of coca cola. That's what I often hear from addicts.
I can't drink Diet Coke anymore after drinking Coke Zero. Coke Zero is so superior in taste.
Personally I would not drink any of that shit. Drink regular pop is like eating a tablespoon of white sugar. The diet stuff is even worse:
In 1985, Monsanto Company bought G.D. Searle, and the aspartame business became a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company.
They also make GMO grain seed and Roundup weed killer.
Adults drink water, wine and the occasional beer.
I'm addicted to Pepsie Max. They only seem to sell it in the UK. I get withdrawal symptoms when I go abroad. I've never seen it in the US despite always looking for it.
Coke Zero is far superior to diet coke.
Zevia is less bad for you than anything else mentioned in this thread.
Thanks, R127, we're fully aware of current events. Are cigarettes bad for us too?
[quote]Thanks, [R127], we're fully aware of current events. Are cigarettes bad for us too?
I learned the hard way.
No Coke, Pepsi.
No R132, cigarettes are actually very healthy and good for you just like the surgeon general and numerous advertisers told the public 50 years ago. Glad to hear you're up on your current events though, being such a cunt faced fat faggot must normally take up so much of you lonely existence.
Gay men are addicted to Diet Coke? News to me OP and I am in the health and nutrition world professionally.
Aspartame is the silent disease....
Men drink regular soda or Coke Xero. Diet Coke is for chicks.
Actually the active ingredient is jism.
I haven't known any gay men with this addiction, but I've known some women and a a couple of straight men with it. One of them was in my grad school class; he'd drink a liter of regular Coke a day and complain about being thirsty. Upon being informed that consuming a lot of sugar can make one thirsty, he switched to DC and solved his problem. I think he even drank more since it's calorie free.
oca-Cola Co. reported sales that fell short of Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as demand weakened for Diet Coke in North America.
Globally, the world's biggest beverage maker, said sales volume rose 3 percent in the second quarter — including a 2 percent increase in sodas — boosted by gains in places including China, India and the Middle East.
In its flagship North American market, however, sales volume was flat despite a significant increase in marketing around the World Cup. Sodas including Coke, Fanta and Sprite saw gains, but executives said Diet Coke declined in the neighborhood of the "mid-single digits." Diet Coke is the country's No. 2 soda, behind Coke and ahead of Pepsi.
Executives at Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have blamed a recent decline in diet sodas on concerns people have about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, as well as the broader movement toward food and drinks that are seen as being natural. As such, the beverage industry has been working behind the scenes to assure dietitians and others about the safety of such sweeteners.
"We do recognize we have more work to do here," CEO Muhtar Kent said on a call with analysts.
Coca-Cola also plans to eventually introduce a version of its namesake drink that's naturally sweetened with stevia in the U.S. The drink, Coca-Cola Life, has already hit shelves in other markets, including Argentina.
More broadly, Coca-Cola has been struggling to boost sales volume in developed markets where soda has been losing favor. To boost results, the company is cutting costs and introducing more profitable packages, like the mini-cans and smaller bottles. It's also putting greater focus on other drinks including premium bottled waters like Smartwater. But sodas still account for about three-quarters of Coca-Cola's total sales volume.
For the quarter, the Atlanta-based company said profit fell to $2.6 billion, or 58 cents per share, from $2.68 billion, or 59 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, it earned 64 cents per share, which was a penny more than analysts expected.
Revenue dropped 1.4 percent to $12.57 billion. Analysts expected $12.85 billion, according to Zacks.
Coca-Cola's stock was down 55 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $41.85.
Diet Coke? What's that?
r143, and everybody who is not female.
They drink it because diet coke is a ladies thing and they want to be ladies.
Aspartame = poison
Avoid, avoid, avoid.
You know if Donald Rumsfeld pushed the FDA to approve quickly for Monsanto to control it, it's bad. Anything that man touches is evil.
I dated a guy who drank 2 liters of Diet a Coke every day. Is it more addictive than other Cokes? Yeah he was fat.
I just ate a crème curl and washed it down with Mountain Dew. This morning I ate my boyfriend's ass.
R129, Pepsi Max is widely available in the US. I'm confident I could find it at five different grocery stores nearest my house. It's harder to find at convenience stores or check out line coolers, though.
No matter to me, I was able to give it up using carbonated water as a fizzy replacement. I'm glad I did.
I'll buy a single 'cold' bottle of pop once in awhile from a gas station or store cooler, but I'm almost embarrassed to buy it or drink it in public anymore.
Michael J Fox used to drink gallons of it every day and this may have something to do with his early on-set Parkinson's
No sodas for me. A Mexican coke three times a year. A drink herbal , and green teas. No booze.
I drink a 6-pack of Diet Coke a day, lol!
Pepsi and Mountain Dew, once in awhile Orange Sunkist.
Orange Sunkiss, lol!
Men who drink diet soda are disordered in some way.
And women who drink it are gross, R156
The flailing soft drink industry hopes it has found a middle ground to bring back customers: mid-calorie soft drinks.
PepsiCo on Wednesday announced on its website plans to roll out Pepsi True in mid-October on the e-commerce site Amazon.com. The beverage is made with sugar and stevia (a sweetener made from stevia leaf extract) and contains about 30% fewer calories than regular Pepsi. Just as important – particularly to influential Millennials – it contains no high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial sweeteners.
The 7.5-ounce cans will initially be sold in packs of 24 on Amazon but eventually will be sold in grocery stores.
"This is the latest part of a massive, transformational journey that we've been on," says Simon Lowden, chief marketing officer at PepsiCo North America, in a phone interview. Roughly 50% of the company's beverage portfolio is now zero or low-calorie, he says. That compares to less than 25% fifteen years ago.
The move comes even as Coca-Cola has recently begun testing its mid-calorie cola, Coca-Cola Life, in some stores in the Southern United States before a planned national rollout next month. Carbonated soft drink sales have been declining for almost a decade, and more recently diet soft drink sales have begun to decline at an even faster rate than regular, sugared soft drinks. Suddenly, a new battlefront is taking shape in the mid-calorie arena.
"The cola wars are alive and well," says John Sicher, publisher of Beverage Digest. "Now, both Coke and Pepsi have similar products with Coke Life and Pepsi True. Who will win? The consumer."
Coca-Cola, last month, in another e-commerce link with Amazon, brought back the highly caffeinated citrus soda, Surge, also initially sold only online via Amazon. In both cases, the brands will eventually be sold at grocery stores, executives say.
The Amazon rollout, Sicher says, "lets PepsiCo use a high-profile channel to gauge initial response. It also allows the product to get some scale and awareness before it goes into the bottler system."
But the new soda war's most interesting battle front isn't in e-commerce, but the mid-calorie sector that has recently exploded with activity.
It's all about lower calories without the chemicals. A 7.5-ounce can of Pepsi True, for example, contains 60 calories. That compares with 100 calories for the identical-size can of regular Pepsi. Similarly, the 8-ounce glass bottle of Coca-Cola Life, now sold in Fresh Market locations in a handful of Southern states, is 60 calories.
"We ultimately want to be leaders in this emerging segment," said Andy McMillin, vice president of Coca-Cola brands, in a statement.
Lowden says the target for Pepsi True is adults in their late 20s or early 30s.
Young women -- particularly young mothers -- are increasingly rejecting diet soft drinks because they don't like the chemicals in them. As a result, mid-calorie brands such as Coke Life and Pepsi True "have a real audience with Millennial women" concerned about both calories and chemicals, says Leann Leahy, president of The Via Agency.
R151, many, MANY people drink ridiculous amounts of it and don't have Parkinsons.
I am trying to give up Coke Zero. Very hard to do.
diet soda sales are plummeting.
Stop drying that stuff, dude
My dentist asked me if I drink soda and I said "yes Diet Coke". He said well you better stop because it's dissolving the enamel on your teeth. He said the phosphates also leach minerals from your bones.
I mentioned this to my doctor and he said that he believed the artificial sweeteners created a brain fog or cognative decline. So I quit the soda and sugarless gum and I no longer experience the brain fog.
Diet Pepsi will be made with Splenda instead of Nutrasweet later this year.
I just don't see how people would choose to drink Diet Coke when Coke Zero is an option.
[quote]I just don't see how people would choose to drink Diet Coke when Coke Zero is an option.
Maybe because the office doesn't provide Coke Zero. You drink what's there.
The anti-diet soda/GMO/Monsanto hysteria is pure madness!
Aspartame is one of the MOST studied compounds since WATER, and there exists simply NO EVIDENCE that it has caused even a single injury! Give it a fucking REST you pseudo-science Mommybloggers!
I'm not promoting or recommending this, but I and many of my friends have gone back to real Coke made with sugar now that it's readily available(in stores.)
I just don't drink as much as would if it were calorie free.
I enjoy one real coke everyday as if it were a dessert treat. Ice fuckin' cold.
My doctor swears that diet sodas & regular sodas both play a huge part in the tremendous upswing in cases of diabetes in the past two decades. He scared me off of them. I haven't touched one since 2002.
I don't understand people who drink *any* sort of soda...I haven't had one in years and years. Water, coffee, tea, that's it. Why a person would intentionally pour chemicals and acid down their throat is entirely beyond me.
Guess what has even more "acid", r173?
R170 actually the science is there to support the fact that aspartame is poison.
R170/176 is either really dumb or working for the poison industry.
Like R173 I haven't had a soda in years. Why does everyone has to have sweet shit? Coffee with a splash of half and half, unsweetened tea with lemon do the trick for me. I don't understand Americans addiction to sweet stuff.
Fat cock addiction has got a much tighter grip on you. "Tight" being the operative word here.
OJ has acid and so do tomatoes as do many other natural foods. However, most people don't suck down OJ all day long.
Also, the effect of soda is that it ultimately causes your thyroid to work overtime to keep pH balance, and depletes your metabolic enzymes in the process. Hence, weight gain.
The only reason I used to drink a lot of diet coke was because I was drinking a lot of alcohol in general, and rum & coke's were my drink of choice. That said, a few years ago I started having seizures pretty regularly - one of them so bad it landed me in the hospital for three days. While it certainly could have been the heavy drinking contributing to my seizures, aspartame is known to cause them too - and although it was a while longer before I cut back on the booze, I did stop drinking diet soda immediately. It's been three years now and I haven't had a single seizure since I cut out the aspartame.