Coca-Cola Life: Is this the best option?

November 10, 2014

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Coke: It’s bought to us by all kinds of brands in all kinds of different forms but has The Coca-Cola Company saved us from obesity with their new product? The Coca-Cola Company has four different forms of Coke: Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and now Coke Life. I think as a population we are fully aware that Diet Coke and Coke Zero both contain zero calories due to sweeteners instead of sugar, but what is the difference between normal Coke and Coke Life?

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A 330ml can of Coke contains 139kcal and 35 grams of sugar whereas Coke Life contains 89kcal and 22 grams of sugar. The difference between the two is simply just that Coke Life contains a little less sugar and then is also sweetened naturally with Stevia whereas normal coke contains just sugar. Nevertheless, don’t be fooled by it’s eye catching green packaging suggesting that it is a ‘healthy’, it may be partly naturally sweetened but it still contains more than four teaspoons of sugar which is equivalent to a quarter of a child’s daily recommended maximum intake .. wow.

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So Coca-Cola Life has fewer calories and a little less sugar than normal coke and tastes like normal coke but does this really mean it’s healthy? Well, if you’re a normal Coca-Cola addict then yes, it would be better to drink this instead but in general, it is definitely not a healthy product. It’s still considered a high sugar product and all that The Coca-Cola company is doing is encouraging the world to drink something that is high in sugar through it’s healthy green packaging and the idea that it is 100% natural, which it isn’t. When I first saw the product advertised I thought it was completely naturally sweetened but as I read around I found that actually it had 22 grams of sugar and is only slightly naturally sweetened from Stevia. Honestly, I’d rather have a chocolate bar that contained 22 grams of sugar than a product that is advertised as healthy when it certainly isn’t.

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