Sunday, August 29, 2010

Coke Zero/Light/Diet and ASPARTAME

There's a lot of controversy about (I'll call it) Coke Zero on the intrawebs because of the
WONDERFUL (according to many and me) flavour paired with the astonishing fact that it's got pretty much zero kcalories (kilocalories). So how do they do it?

If you've ever googled it you've heard/read about Aspartame, which is an, and i wiki-quote, "artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in
some foods and beverages.". So - what are the downsides?

Well first of, drinking Diet makes you look like a female if you're a guy - just saying - though Coke Zero is marketed

for men and therefore it's great stuff - so that downside's basically nullified when drinking Zero. However.
The real thief when it comes to light/diet/zero is how Aspartame affects the Ph balance in your body.
Normally what we see in Ph-charts is 0-14, this goes beyond to show the extremes, but below 0 isn't what an average person deals with. What your body wants is to retain the balance of 7, the same as pure water.
Diet Cokes however have a Ph value of 3, as do many other drinks that we as fallible human beings like to put in our bodies. This is also a reason of why you pee a lot when drinking this stuff, along with the dehydration caused by caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine really doesn't dehydrate a lot more than water does, but since water also keeps you hydrated it's not a problem, coffee does that to a certain degree but not as much as water. But that is entirely another discussion.

What your body does to stay on a balanced 7 on that scale is use up a lot of water and clean out the bad stuff, making you pee a lot, and to climb up from the acidic part of the scale towards the alkaline part it uses the alkaline minerals in your body such as Calcium and Magnesium and whatever else that's able to balance out the Ph in your body. When it does so, you need more Ca and Mg and here's the part that's not so well thought out - you're not gonna go grab Ca and Mg pills or eat lots of cucumber just to be able to drink lots of Diet Coke, hence either your body can't retain a Ph balance or you go on a loss of Mg/Ca/other *stuff* that your body needs.

ALTHOUGH: In small portions, say once a day, it's no more than what our bodies are used to with beer, milk, coffee and all that, just don't go chugging 20 at a time because "IS GOT NO KALOREES".

If you practically never drink Coke you might as well grab a real one once you do.

Stay fucking awesome!


  1. just to see how my pal is doing. :*

  2. Very interesting stuff.

  3. Awesome blog for real. Followed ya and clicked around.

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