Love it, Like it, Hate it: Coke & Diet Coke Swap-Outs

Breaking a Diet Coke habit can be difficult, but it’s getting easier with the new naturally-sweetened diet soft drinks on shelves.  In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny on Coke & Diet Coke Swap-Outs!



Blue Sky Free, Zevia, and Virgil’s Zero

All are naturally sweetened with stevia; contain no artificial sweeteners or colors


…for the first time ever, this is a Love it or Hate it topic, there aren’t any middle options!


Hansen’s Diet & Diet Rite (sweetened with Sucralose & Acesulfame Potassium)

Coke Zero (sweetened with Aspartame & Acesulfame Potassium)

Diet Coke (sweetened with Aspartame)

Coca-Cola (sweetened with high fructose corn syrup) – 260 calories & 65 grams sugar per 12-oz can

Single-serving 8-ounce Coca-Cola:  still has 25 grams sugar, a full day’s worth of added sugar

Blue Sky Organic Cola – made with organic cane juice instead of high fructose corn syrup, but with 160 calories & 40 grams sugar per 12-ounce can, has more sugar than a Coke!


Acesulfame Potassium: Safety tests were conducted in 1970’s and not of good quality.  Animal studies suggest may be linked to cancer.  Large amounts of one of the byproducts shown to affect thyroid in animals.


Aspartame: Animals exposed to aspartame at young age or in utero have been shown to have increased incidence of cancer

Sucralose:  Animal study showed may reduce beneficial bacteria in the GI tract; Sucralose & saccharin also correlated to an increase in inflammatory bowel disease.

For more information about sweeteners and other food additives, see CSPI’s Chemical Cuisine