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Can You Tell Coke From Pepsi In A Blind Test?  
User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1635 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi in a blind test?

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User currently offlinePs762 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2012, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Hi!

Wow I remember people used to ask this question all the time in the 80s! Shows my age! I have never tried it but I think I could. I don't know though. They taste kinda different to me. I think I could definitely do a coke/diet coke test or pepsi/diet pepsi test though. What would be tough for me would be coke verses coke zero. To me they taste quite similar.

Many thanks,

P.


User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

In a heart beat. Pepsi is to sweet and lacks enough carbonation.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27312 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Yes although I like both.

As above I remember ads like these in the 80's :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7lw_vhxtNc


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1933 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

We should keep in mind that Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes. So I think it would be extremely difficult to tell unless you were in your home territory.

With that said, I did a Coke/Pepsi blind taste test a few years back at Wonderland (amusement park outside of Toronto) and easily determined which was which. I find Pepsi to be a lot sweeter, and Coke has a kind of "gritty" (for lack of a better term) feel to it. I don't really drink either on a regular basis unless there's some white rum in the glass, but I find them entirely interchangeable. I never fully understood the people who will only drink one or the other.



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
We should keep in mind that Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes. So I think it would be extremely difficult to tell unless you were in your home territory.

In Coca-Cola proper, at least, the only thing that varies is the sweetener that is used. That is left to the individual bottling partner to determine which sweetener (HFCS or sugar) to use. Often the driving factor is simply price and/or supply of a specific sweetener.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Of course! Anyone who can't has probably got no tongue. The two taste radically different.


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User currently offline777222LR From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Coke tastes entirely different from Pepsi...

Personally, I have always thought that Coke is sweeter and has a richer flavor.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6931 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

Pepsi has lost the fight here so I have not tasted it in ages but I think I would be able to make the difference. I'm talking about the bottled/canned product here, not what you can get at McDonald's or the theater fountain and can vary quite a bit. I can definitely recognize coke/light/zero, I can drink zero without really enjoying it, and find light terrible.


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Yes. Even easier if both are made with real sugar instead of that nasty corn syrup. I always found Pepsi to have a bit of a citrus after-taste. I like them both even though I am from Atlanta. I always preferred them in the original-size bottles. I still buy Cokes in the original size bottles, although I load up on them when I drive to Atlanta. Something about a Coke from Atlanta. Just doesn't taste as good anywhere else.


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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3012 times:
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Quoting Ps762 (Reply 1):
Wow I remember people used to ask this question all the time in the 80s! Shows my age

Wasn't it called the "Pepsi Challenge"?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Yes although I like both.

I like them both too. I have bottles of both in my refrigerator right now.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes

Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup. They both taste better than the locally bottled stuff you can buy.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup. They both taste better than the locally bottled stuff you can buy.

Coke from a glass bottle tastes awesome. Come to think of it, all drinks taste better from glass than plastic - and beer tastes better from glass than a can, but then that's another thread.....



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Well, never tried it as a blind test, but I'm pretty confident I could.

Coke tastes better to me. Pepsi (at least in the States) is not that good; there's some weird after-taste/aroma.

I remember they once had some sort of Pepsi "exotic"... Tasted exactly like how I imagine soap to taste like.

That said, I love the Jewish holiday season, when they have the yellow-bottled coke made with real sugar. Has a richer taste than the HFCS one.


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2944 times:
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Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I remember they once had some sort of Pepsi "exotic"...

Was it Pepsi Clear? I remember that stuff was nasty.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1933 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 5):
In Coca-Cola proper, at least, the only thing that varies is the sweetener that is used.

I had a conversation with a good friend a few months back about this, but with beer. He has been living out in northern Alberta for over a year now and says that the Molson Canadian there is miles better than the Molson Canadian in southern Ontario. He says it's because the brewery where he lives uses water from cleaner sources, and the taste difference is noticeable.

I would assume that the water used in the production of cola may have some impact as well?

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 5):
Often the driving factor is simply price

At least in the US, the use of HFCS is politically influenced. The high cost of producing sugar on American soil, coupled with tariffs placed on imported sugar by the US government, pretty much forced the hand of beverage producers to stop using real sugar. This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
I can drink zero without really enjoying it, and find light terrible.

They're the same thing   Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke. The company found that men associated the word "diet" with something women would drink, so they avoided buying it. So they created Coke Zero (with sleek black label and all) to attract the male segment to their low-calorie product.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Wasn't it called the "Pepsi Challenge"?

The Pepsi Challenge was in the late-90's. I only know this because I remember the Pepsi Challenge campaign, and I wasn't around in the 80's  



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

Without a doubt. I do not like Pepsi at all; I can tell immediately.

It's a pet peeve of mine when they don't tell me they only carry Pepsi and bring it to me. I don't drink it.



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
At least in the US, the use of HFCS is politically influenced. The high cost of producing sugar on American soil, coupled with tariffs placed on imported sugar by the US government, pretty much forced the hand of beverage producers to stop using real sugar. This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.

Yep - still comes down to price  
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
I would assume that the water used in the production of cola may have some impact as well?

Disclaimer: I work for The Coca-Cola Company (corporate side, not production or supply chain)

Coke uses stringent water quality controls and filters and processes water to the same standard at any facility. The water going in to the facility is definitely different - but the water going into a Coke is the same. I'm sure our corporate site (www.thecoca-colacompany.com) has additional info if you're curious.


And yes, as an employee, I can tell a difference between our product and other cola products. 



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):

Was it Pepsi Clear? I remember that stuff was nasty.

Don't think that was it.

My best guess is that it was "Pepsi Summer Mix", although it wasn't summer. Anyway, something similar at least.


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Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
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I can tell pretty quick. I'm not a big fan of Pepsi but I enjoy a nice Coca Cola. Probably not instantly like some soda aficionados, but at least after a sip or too. Pepsi to me tastes sweeter. Coke has a nice aftertaste too.
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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

In a heartbeat ! I like pepsi on occasion, but overall, I don't drink very much carbonated stuff; coke I can't stand. If I was lost in the sahara desert, hadn't had drink for a week, and someone offered me a gallon of coke or a glass of water, I'd drink the water and "press on". carbonated drinks are BAD for your health ! (BTW....how do you think I managed to become 80 ? )

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6340 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

I will freely admit that I could not tell the difference. But then I have had neither in over 30 years so that may be the problem.


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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5542 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 2):

Took the words from my mouth. Especially when both sodas are from warm bottles but with ice., Canned and chilled, it's closer. But I still go with Coke. Coke is usually stronger in Carbination and not quite as sweet. However with any soda it depends on the region and where it's bottled. Sometimes, Sams Club (WalMart) and other "generic" brands hit the spot especially when cold and from the can or smaller sized bottle.



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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 983 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2789 times:

I can tell them apart right away. I find Pepsi to be sweeter, and thinner, while Coke is not as sweet, but thicker and more "syrupy". Not exactly an aftertaste, but Coke also seems to leave a glue-like coating on my teeth afterwards. I compared the ingredients some time ago, and I believe Coke contain caramel, and Pepsi does not - this might explain the texture difference I notice. Since I don't like the sweetness of Pepsi, or the texture of Coke, I haven't had either of them in a long time.

This topic may be Coke Vs. Pepsi, but I have to say RC (Royal Crown) Cola smokes them both! 
Not too sweet, not too syrupy, and no aftertaste.




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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I love the Jewish holiday season, when they have the yellow-bottled coke made with real sugar.

We shouldn't have to wait for a religious holiday to enjoy a Coke made with sugar. Real "Classic" Coke is made with sugar. The label on Coke made with corn syrup is a lie if it says "Classic".
I can buy Pepsi made with sugar at Wal-Mart anytime.

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 22):
RC (Royal Crown) Cola smokes them both!

Agreed!



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 23):
We shouldn't have to wait for a religious holiday to enjoy a Coke made with sugar. Real "Classic" Coke is made with sugar. The label on Coke made with corn syrup is a lie if it says "Classic".
I can buy Pepsi made with sugar at Wal-Mart anytime.

I don't. I get the Mexican one; widely available in Los Angeles.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7832 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
The Pepsi Challenge was in the late-90's. I only know this because I remember the Pepsi Challenge campaign, and I wasn't around in the 80's

The Pepsi Challenge has been around since 1975. The main upshot of the Pepsi challenge was the most people prefered Pepsi which lead Coke to make one of the biggest marketing blunders of all time, reformulating Coke to make New Coke, that happened in 85.

Interesting point in blind taste tests most people can distinguish between Coke and Pepsi but almost nobody can tell the difference between RC Cola and Pepsi.


User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke.

Not in the U.S. Coke Zero uses the Classic Coca-Cola recipe but uses artificial sweeteners in place of sugar or HFCS. Diet Coke is based on the "New Coke" recipe from the mid-1980s.


User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1808 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Yes I can.....Coke for me


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 28, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

I can tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke and all the different varieties.

Pepsi Max is my favourite. Normal Coke is incredibly bitter to me.


User currently offlineoldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 29, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Yes! Coke for me; and not Diet or Zero or whatever the latest fad is. I have also tried the Coke from Mexico and it really didn't taste any better to me.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 30, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi in a blind test?


Night & day.
I like Coke. I can't stand Pepsi.
Coke taste better and it mixes well with rum and whiskey.
Pepsi doesn't mix well with anything and taste like cigarette ash.

Quoting Ps762 (Reply 1):
Wow I remember people used to ask this question all the time in the 80s! Shows my age!



Pepsi had cooler commercials.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po0jY4WvCIc

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
We should keep in mind that Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes. So I think it would be extremely difficult to tell unless you were in your home territory.



That is true. Coke here in Thailand taste like syrup with carbonation added. It's awful so I just stick to beer.
Mexico has good Coke that is made with natural sugar.



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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 31, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

I've done the "Pepsi Challenge" and Coca Cola won, I could tell instantly. I like both anyway but I find Coca Cola more refreshing whereas Pepsi is sweeter and the flavour isn't as nice. I don't drink any fizzy drinks as much as I used to though, maybe once a week instead of daily, one day I'll probably cut them completely.

I have always loved Coca Cola advertising though, some of their commercials from the 80s and 90s are brilliant. The life tastes good one has always ben a favourite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwOBZKByrk

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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6599 posts, RR: 35
Reply 32, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
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Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup.
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 24):
I don't. I get the Mexican one; widely available in Los Angeles.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 30):
Mexico has good Coke that is made with natural sugar.

Thing is, this is a myth nowadays. Sugar plantations in Mexico went the way of the Dodo during the 90s. Most Coke in Mexico, can or glass bottle is sweetened with HFCS. The minority of the bottlers in regions that are close to a functioning sugar cane plantation may still use sugar but they are very small in the whole Coke chain production.

Maybe what they export to the US to cater to those who preferr it is still made with sugar, but it´s really not the case anymore in the majority of the country.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 33, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 32):

Maybe what they export to the US to cater to those who preferr it is still made with sugar,

What we get is made with sugar. There is a market for it.

If you know were to get it, it's not even that much more expensive--maybe fifty cents, well worth it.



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User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 34, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Well coke is a power that you snort, Pepsi is what you drink when you have cotton mouth after some good weed.

Are we talking about the same thing?




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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 35, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 6):


Of course! Anyone who can't has probably got no tongue. The two taste radically different.

Not to me. I saw a taste test once (as in not a commercial) where a number of selections were labeled "Coke" or "Pepsi", and people swore they were right about which was which.

The actual products were a Sam's Choice diet cola, some kind of Root Beer, Birch Beer, Dr Thunder, & Tab. No Coke or Pepsi present, people swore by the choices they made like they were Identifying their children or something.

The only comments made about it were that some samples must have been bottled locally or something...

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
I'm talking about the bottled/canned product here, not what you can get at McDonald's or the theater fountain and can vary quite a bit.

Yeah, see to me, that's where the real difference is; whether it's bottled or from a bag-in-box fountain.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
and beer tastes better from glass than a can, but then that's another thread.....

This is true.

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 20):

I will freely admit that I could not tell the difference. But then I have had neither in over 30 years so that may be the problem

I don't think I would be able to either. I buy what's on sale + a 2L Diet Vernors...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 30):
That is true. Coke here in Thailand taste like syrup with carbonation added. It's awful so I just stick to beer.

This is why I only do diet sodas now. I do not know if there was a change over the last few decades, but the "real" colas seem to have gotten to the point where they're just over the top with the sweet. Enough of that HFCS (which wasn't a lot) gave me stomach aches that would last for a few hours. I had to cut it.



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4780 posts, RR: 19
Reply 36, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

The Mexican Coke in the glass bottles I buy is made with real sugar.


Ingredients are right on the label.


It is simply the best and worth the price.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 37, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2520 times:

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 35):
This is why I only do diet sodas now. I do not know if there was a change over the last few decades, but the "real" colas seem to have gotten to the point where they're just over the top with the sweet

Not trying to be disagreeable here; however.........in my "family", there are only two people.......my wife and myself; my wife has ALWAYS insisted on drinking "diet" products; I NEVER drink ANY "diet" cola; and as noted above, I don't drink very much of the "regular" kind either; anyway, in just the last year since my wife has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, her entire "intake" of liquids is limited to 1,500 ml per day; and that not only includes things you drink, but also things like ice cream, fresh pineapple, watermelons, everything that becomes water after it's "inside" you; as I know a lot of doctors, I've asked every single one of them the same question; which is "worse" for you, from a purely "health standpoint"; and every single doctor has told me the same exact thing; BOTH are BAD ! for somewhat differing reasons, but at the end of the day.......drinking ANY carbonated beverage is a BAD thing. (the "ill effects" just being spread out over a longer period of time)

This has pretty much always been my opinion anyway, so I haven't had to "give up" much of anything; I drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day in the colder weather, not so much in warmer weather, and other than that, my main beverages are 2% white milk, ruby red grapefruit juice, some OJ here and there.......and the rest, good old H2o, right out of our well, (or from Kroger's "water dispenser" machine.) But my wife still insists on drinking "diet this & that" any time she drinks soda, which is MUCH LESS often than before. About 2 or 3 times a year I may drink a can of "Old Milwaukee NA" when I happen to see it; I like beer, but as I don't drink any alcohol, I haven't had any beer in years; they say the NA does have a very small quantity of alcohol. but the amount is insignificant, and the amount I consume is even more insignificant.

My basic philosophy is, "eat & drink healthy & stay healthy"; (I seem to be a pretty good example that it DOES "work".)

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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 38, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2513 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 37):
drinking ANY carbonated beverage

I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find any real disadvantages to carbonated water. Plenty of bogus science out there saying the carbon makes you age faster and stuff like that. I think what you mean is soda / soda pop / pop / sweetened beverages. Small but important detail - the carbonation itself isn't the root cause of the problems.

Of course, one should be responsible in what they consume - that is a given - just like people should be responsible in other areas of life.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 39, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 35):
This is why I only do diet sodas now.


Diet taste like they added bleach.   

Quoting AR385 (Reply 32):
Maybe what they export to the US to cater to those who preferr it is still made with sugar



That must have been the one I drank.



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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 40, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 39):
Diet taste like they added bleach.   

Well... I do like my bleaches carbonated, so.....

I honestly don't think it's all that bad. In fact, on the occasion that I drink regular soda, it really is overpoweringly sweet next to what I'm used to in that area...

I will say that what I drink most of the time isn't even soda at all. I like to get a jug of poweraid or G2 (or whatever is on sale really). I cut that about 6 - 1 with water, and drop it in the freezer for about half an hour. Now that is where it's at for me...

Quoting Geezer (Reply 37):
and every single doctor has told me the same exact thing; BOTH are BAD ! for somewhat differing reasons, but at the end of the day.......drinking ANY carbonated beverage is a BAD thing.

I wonder what's so bad about it? I haven't really ever heard that there is anything bad about carbonation in and of it self. The only thing I've heard that's been backed up by anything is an issue of flatulence. I have a friend who loves ginger ale, but since she since she makes a lot of adult movies, it's kind of a no-no for her. I guess farting isn't real sexy & all. But that's about the worst I've ever heard.



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1635 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
I find them entirely interchangeable. I never fully understood the people who will only drink one or the other.

Same here, they taste almost the same to me.

Quoting 777222LR (Reply 7):
Personally, I have always thought that Coke is sweeter and has a richer flavor.

Actually Pepsi has 2 more grams of sugar per 12 FL OZ (355 ml.) can.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 9):
Yes. Even easier if both are made with real sugar instead of that nasty corn syrup.

I don't find it that nasty, the artificial sugar substitutes used in diet drinks are much nastier.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 9):
Something about a Coke from Atlanta. Just doesn't taste as good anywhere else.

It should be the other way around!

Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup. They both taste better than the locally bottled stuff you can buy.

They're available all over the US, there's also Pepsi Throwback, it's a US product that features the old Pepsi logo and is made with real sugar. Mountain Dew Throwback is also available in a retro-themed can.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
Coke from a glass bottle tastes awesome. Come to think of it, all drinks taste better from glass than plastic - and beer tastes better from glass than a can, but then that's another thread.....

Even water tastes better from glass!

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 35):
Not to me. I saw a taste test once (as in not a commercial) where a number of selections were labeled "Coke" or "Pepsi", and people swore they were right about which was which.

The actual products were a Sam's Choice diet cola, some kind of Root Beer, Birch Beer, Dr Thunder, & Tab. No Coke or Pepsi present, people swore by the choices they made like they were Identifying their children or something.

The only comments made about it were that some samples must have been bottled locally or something...

A lot of people would mistake Coke for Pepsi and vice versa, but Root & Birch Beer?! They taste totally different, Dr Thunder should taste similar to Dr Pepper which is quite different from cola flavored drinks, Tab could be mistaken for Coke or Pepsi.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 37):
in just the last year since my wife has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease,
Quoting Geezer (Reply 37):
But my wife still insists on drinking "diet this & that" any time she drinks soda,

You should tell your wife that most sweeteners in "diet this & that" cause kidney problems when consumed in large amounts.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6931 posts, RR: 12
Reply 42, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

I don't think corn syrup is common here, however we make plenty of sugar from beet. I just looked at a can and it's made with sugar.


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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 43, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 41):
A lot of people would mistake Coke for Pepsi and vice versa, but Root & Birch Beer?!

Yup. In fact, one guy said the Birch Beer was Crystal Pepsi. Remember that one?



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6931 posts, RR: 12
Reply 44, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
They're the same thing Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke. The company found that men associated the word "diet" with something women would drink, so they avoided buying it. So they created Coke Zero (with sleek black label and all) to attract the male segment to their low-calorie product.

I agree with your marketing explanation but I still think the recipe is not the same.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7832 posts, RR: 5
Reply 45, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):

They're the same thing Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke.

I don't think so, at Burger King here in Norway they have Coke Zero and Diet Coke in the fountains, now why would they have both if they are the same thing?


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Reply 46, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2154 times:
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It would depend where... and from what source
In Canada from can or bottle yes not problem Pepsi is far sweeter tasting and has a sticky aftertaste.
From fountain... ?
In US the taste varies so much area to area i find I wouldn't say i could either.
Toss Mexican Coke into the mix though and I'll know which it is due to the near total lack of aftertaste.

I'll also tell you if it was diet of any kind in 5-15 minutes after consumption due to the raging migraine I'll have (Aspartame and other artificial sweetners give me headaches)



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 47, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 46):
I'll also tell you if it was diet of any kind in 5-15 minutes after consumption due to the raging migraine I'll have (Aspartame and other artificial sweetners give me headaches)

Yeah, it's definitely the case for me from aspartame. Don't know about other sweeteners, and it doesn't happen every time... but it does happen in >50% of cases if I drink diet whatever (which I don't, usually).


User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 48, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke.

haha, uhh, no. Not even close.



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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 49, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 45):

I don't think so, at Burger King here in Norway they have Coke Zero and Diet Coke in the fountains, now why would they have both if they are the same thing?
Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 48):
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke.

Not even close.

Literally with this thread in mind, I read the label-backs of a Diet Coke 2L & a Coke Zero 2L at a Ralph's a few hours ago. FWIW, there are in fact a lot of "extras" in the Coke Zero that are not present in Diet Coke, as well as a lack of Aspartame & Citric Acid in the Coke Zero.

Looks like they're different...



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User currently offlinestlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 50, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

yes, it's easy. they're distinctive in smell and in color. pepsi is lighter.

and i like pepsi better, but if i'm putting vanilla or cherry in it .... coke.



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1635 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
At least in the US, the use of HFCS is politically influenced. The high cost of producing sugar on American soil, coupled with tariffs placed on imported sugar by the US government, pretty much forced the hand of beverage producers to stop using real sugar. This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.
Quoting Aesma (Reply 42):
I don't think corn syrup is common here, however we make plenty of sugar from beet. I just looked at a can and it's made with sugar.

It's all about the cost. The United States is the largest corn producer and exporter in the world, HFCS is used in a huge variety of products here. Personally, sugar, HFCS & artificial sweeteners all taste the same to me, at least HFCS is made from a plant unlike aspartame and other diet sweeteners!


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