An Ode to the Coke I am Foregoing

Old and new Diet Coke cans.

Old and new Diet Coke cans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

List of ingredients:Coke, original formula [carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine] Caffeine content: 34 mg

Diet coke [carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine] Phenyketonuirics: Contains phenylalanine.  Caffeine content: 46 mg

Being that Diet Coke is my drink of choice, this comparison surprised me.  Diet Coke has more caffeine than regular (although still about one-half less than a strong cup of coffee) and Diet Coke actually has more ingredients than regular. Not good.

So why do I drink it? Hard to say.  I made the switch from leaded to diet many years ago, but I still cling to the zero calorie kind.

1. Habit, of course.  I like that hard punch of acid in my mouth–bad for teeth but like the bubbles.

2. It gives me a pick-me-up at midday.

3. It is something ‘cool’ to order when the waitress comes around.  Expensive, though.  Have you ever noticed the drink tab when the check comes around?

4. I don’t like the sluggish feeling when I do go cold turkey.  All that lethargy is not fun.

5. Availability.  It’s always around.  When it’s not, I go buy some more.

But do I need it?  Would my life be irreparably harmed without it?

Maybe it’s time to quit.  Stay tuned.


About Author, Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series

I write a mystery series about a young rookie deputy on her first assignment in the Verde Valley of Arizona.
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