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Coke Zero Is Getting Replaced And The Internet Is NOT Happy About It

It’s almost time to say goodbye to one of America’s more beloved diet drinks.

Soda-making giant Coca-Cola has decided to pull the plug on Coke Zero and replace it with a brand new soda: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The brand is marketing this as the “new and improved” Coke Zero and calls it their “best tasting zero-sugar Coca Cola yet.”

The new Coke flavor is set to hit shelves this August, but many people on the internet would rather that Coca-Cola leave their beloved Coke Zero alone.

To make matters worse, those who have already been able to find the new soda in stores have confirmed what we’ve all been dreading: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar tastes nothing like Coke Zero. Considering that the current Coke Zero reminds fans of regular Coca-Cola and the original Diet Coke, that’s got to be a devastating blow.

One thing that fans can rest assured about, though, is that Coca-Cola has confirmed that the Cherry, Vanilla, and Caffeine-free formulas will not be changing, so at least those will all taste the same.

Still, it’s a bummer that we’ll be missing out one of the better-tasting diet sodas out there as it gets replaced by what appears to be a worse-tasting version.

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Study Finds Chronic Diet Soda Drinking May Lead To Strokes And Dementia

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

We all know that sugar-laden sodas like Coke and Pepsi aren’t exactly the best thing for your health. Turns out the diet versions of those sodas may not be either.

A new study out of the American Heart Association’s scientific journal, Stroke, found that people who drink diet soda daily are three times more likely to experience a stroke or dementia.

Over 4,000 total subjects were evaluated over ten years for their consumption of both sugary and diet beverages for development of dementia or stroke. While diet soda consumption did show an association with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, sugary beverages did not.

While the authors didn’t postulate as to why this was the case, it is possible that some of the compounds in artificial sweeteners have long-term effects on heart and brain health that toxicological studies conducted to greenlight the usage of these ingredients in beverages wouldn’t have picked up. FDA guidelines for the longest type of toxicity testing set the minimum at one year, and conducting these studies tends to be expensive. The study in Stroke was conducted over 10 years with subjects who were at least 45 years old. That leaves plenty of room for the symptoms of stroke and dementia to develop in a time frame not monitored by studies conducted in the sweeteners’ approval processes.

Of course, with these studies, it’s important to note that cause and effect cannot be established. The American Beverage Association (ABA) definitely made that clear in their statement blasting the study.

“Low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as hundreds of scientific studies and there is nothing in this research that counters this well-established fact. The FDA, World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority and others have extensively reviewed low-calorie sweeteners and have all reached the same conclusion – they are safe for consumption.

While we respect the mission of these organizations to help prevent conditions like stroke and dementia, the authors of this study acknowledge that their conclusions do not – and cannot – prove cause and effect. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many risk factors can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing stroke and dementia including age, hypertension, diabetes and genetics. NIH does not mention zero calorie sweeteners as a risk factor.”

While the ABA doesn’t address the issue that the reviews from the FDA and other cited organizations aren’t as long-term as this study, it’s important to take note of this. Maybe studies like these will inspire the FDA to require studies over a more extensive time period to identify whether dementia or stroke can actually be caused by chronic diet soda consumption.

Until then, it’s perfectly fine to exercise caution and lay off the diet soda for a while.

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New Coca-Cola Life is Perfect for Diet Drinkers Concerned About Aspartame

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The next time you walk through the soda aisle don’t be surprised if you have to do a double take at these green labeled Coca-Cola bottles. It’s being reported that as early as next year Coca-Cola Life may hit U.S. shelves. The new Coca-Cola product is sweetened with sugar and zero calorie stevia, an all natural sweetener. Though the beverage isn’t being marketed as a new addition to the Diet Coke line, Coca-Cola Life does indeed have a significant lower amount of calories than it’s red can counterpart. At 100 calories for a 20-ounce bottle versus 240 calories for original Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Life is a smarter choice for the calorie conscious.

The creation of this new product could also come on the heels of aspartame being questioned more and more by diet soda drinkers and their growing concerns in consuming the questionable chemical. Or perhaps Coca-Cola is trying to ease Mexicoke lovers woes after the whole “cane sugar is too expensive so we’re switching to corn syrup” debacle. Either way, with obesity rates still on the rise Coca-Cola Life will be a lighter option for original Coke enthusiasts who don’t want to sacrifice the taste of their beloved beverage for the sake of calories.

H/T + PicThx Food Republic

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Science Says Alcohol + Diet Soda Gets You Drunker

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Calorie counting alcoholics of the world rejoice! A new study has shown alcohol mixed with artificially sweetened beverages, like diet soda, can cause an increase in intoxication levels more so than its calorie heavy equivalent. Woo Hoo!

Published in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the study had sixteen participants (8 male, 8 female between the ages 21-33) who received vodka with either regular soda, diet soda or, for the unfortunate, a placebo.  Afterwards, a breathalyzer test was administered, a few timed computer tasks were performed, and a series of questions were asked which included how inebriated they believed to be (because everyone’s more honest after a few shots of vodka, uh huh). Long story short, those who consumed the vodka and diet soda showed an increased level of impairment when performing the computer tasks as well as a significantly higher breath alcohol concentration (BrAC).

Although, ask yourself this: Do you really want to be that guy/gal asking for a Whiskey Diet Coke?

H/T + PicThx Greatist

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Diet Big Red Soda [OUR LOOK]

If you didn’t grow up in Texas or live there now chances are you’ve never sipped on some Big Red Soda, the “original red cream soda.” Living in California, I’ve never heard of it until now, but apparently Big Red was once the sixth highest selling soft drink company in the United States only a few years back.

I’m not sure what the original Big Red Soda tastes like, but the new diet version they sent us is almost undrinkable. It tastes like bubblegum toothpaste with a whole lot of sweet and low. I am a fan of diet drinks, but this is one beverage that you won’t be seeing in my refrigerator.

If you’ve tried this drink, feel free to chime in with your thoughts…I’d love to hear some alternate, or similar, viewpoints.