Coke, Pepsi Race to Invent Critic-Silencing Soda
Pushing for all-natural, no-cal version ... but they can't shake metallic taste
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2012 9:24 AM CDT
Coke is looking for a better diet drink.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Coke and Pepsi are chasing the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and no funny aftertaste. The world's top soft drink companies hope that's the elusive trifecta that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But such a formula could be years away. That's because the ingredient that makes soda taste good is also what packs on the pounds: high-fructose corn syrup.

Artificial sweeteners like asparatame that are used in diet drinks don't have any calories but are seen as processed and fake. Natural sweeteners that come from plants present the most promising alternative, but companies haven't yet figured out how to mask their metallic aftertaste. Despite the complexities, soft drink makers push on in their search.

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shaboom
Jul 28, 2012 9:29 AM CDT
A critic-silencing soda? Isn't the solution obvious? Make a beverage that destroys your vocal cords.
SPHeroid
Jul 27, 2012 10:05 PM CDT
It needs to be pointed out that whether derived from cane or beets, sucrose (table sugar), consisted of a dimer of two simple sugars, glucose and fructose.... A simple one to one arrangement... Glucose is the very powerhouse of life in that is the only energy source that can be utilized by nerve cells.... Fructose, as the name implies, is the predominant sugar produced by fruits, including corn (biologically corn kernels are a fruit)...... High fructose corn syrup shifts the balance of the "one to one" glucose to fructose to about 60% fructose to 40% glucose... If you mistaking believe that fructose is somehow "unhealthy" then avoid bananas, peaches, apples, blueberries, pears, apricots, strawberries, cherries, et.al.......
atbov2
Jul 27, 2012 9:23 PM CDT
I'd be happy with Mexican Coke which has cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Sometimes I can find it at Costco, but I hate Costco so I just want to go to the regular grocery store and buy Mexican Coke, but I can't and it pisses me off. Now I just try not to drink it anymore but I love it so it's tough.