- Coke Zero vs. Diet Coke: Key Differences
- Which One is Healthier?
- Which One Tastes Better?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Coca-Cola released Diet Coke in the 80s as a less-fattening version of the popular soda. It wasn't until more than 20 years later that Coke Zero (since rebranded to Coke Zero Sugar) was launched, with the primary goal to market it to men, who were otherwise not interested (and possibly embarrassed) in drinking Diet Coke. When looking at Coke Zero vs. Diet Coke, the differences are minimal.
Coke Zero vs. Diet Coke: Key Differences
The main differences between Coke Zero Sugar and Diet Coke are:
- The taste: Coke Zero Sugar is supposed to taste more like regular Coca-Cola, while Diet Coke has a lighter flavor.
- The ingredients: Coke Zero Sugar contains additional ingredients to help preserve the taste of the original Coca-Cola.
- Caffeine: Diet Coke contains slightly more caffeine than Coke Zero Sugar.
Ingredients and Nutritional Comparison
|Diet Coke||Coke Zero Sugar|
|Caffeine||46mg per 12oz can||34mg per 12oz can|
Which One is Healthier?
Since both are very similar in ingredients and nutritional content, there's no clear winner between Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero Sugar. They both offer the same nutritional value (which isn't much) and have zero calories.
If you're trying to figure out which one to drink, just pick which one you think tastes the best.
Neither Are Actually "Healthy"
When it comes to sodas, there isn't really a healthy option. Sodas just aren't a healthy option in general. However, comparing a regular Coca-Cola to Diet Coke or Coke Zero, the latter two are considered the healthier options.
It's important to remember that sodas should only be consumed in moderation, even the diet options.
Due to some of the ingredients in diet sodas, excess consumption can lead to health issues, such as:
- Migraines and headaches
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
- Rotting teeth
Which One Tastes Better?
Technically, Coke Zero Sugar is supposed to taste more like Coca-Cola classic. It's recently been marketed as the "Best Coke Ever" with improved flavor while still maintaining zero calories.
However, it all comes down to personal preference—everyone's tastebuds are different, after all.
Some people claim that Coke Zero tastes more like regular Coke, while Diet Coke has less flavor—but some people claim the exact opposite.
Perhaps the only general consensus that most people agree with is that there's a noticeable artificial aftertaste with both Coke Zero and Diet Coke that you don't get with regular Coke. This isn't a surprise since the culprit of this aftertaste is the artificial sweetener only found in the zero-calorie drinks.