Which One is Worth A Shot : Coke v/s Diet Coke
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Which One is Worth A Shot : Regular v/s Diet Coke

Components

1. Coke

2. Diet Coke

Experiment

Q : Which One is Worth A Shot, Regular or Diet Coke?

A : Diet Coke!

Diet Coke is made with no sugars as well as no calories. It contains small amounts of citric acid, phosphoric acid, caffeine, and other natural flavourings. It also contains carbonated water, and sugar substitutes such as aspartame, acesulfame K, etc. It also contains a source of phenylalanine.

Scientific Rationale

Nutrition Profile

Diet Coke

Diet Coke has No Sugars as well as No Calories, thus having a Glycemic Index of 0. It contains small amounts of Citric acid, Phosphoric acid, Caffeine, and other natural flavourings. It also contains carbonated water and sugar substitutes such as Aspartame, Acesulfame and phenylalanine.

The Nutritional Profile of 310 ml of Diet Coke is as below.

Regular Coke

Coke contains Carbonated Water, Caffeine, Phosphoric Acid, and other flavouring substances. Around 90% of Coke is water. It contains Added Sugars and Sodium, but no Protein. The glycemic index of Coke is 63 making it a High Glycemic Food.

The Nutritional Profile of 310 ml of Coke is as below.

Effects on your Metabolism

Diet Coke

Diet Coke does not accelerate intoxication. If Diet Coke is consumed in excess amounts, it may increase the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. However, if consumed in moderate amounts, it does not affect the level of blood sugar in the body. Diet Coke has a glycemic index score of zero and contains almost no sugar. It can also help in weight loss. 

Regular Coke

The absorption of Coke in the body is slow as it contains caffeine which is a weak base. It is poorly absorbed in the stomach as the stomach contains digestive acids. Coke can also increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It can also spike up the levels of sugar or blood glucose in the body. 

Bottomline 

This experiment's results have shown that taking Diet Coke over Coke makes a tremendous difference in regulating glucose levels. This is because Diet Coke contains no sugar and added sugars. Also, it does not contain any carbohydrates. There is no fluctuation or spike in the blood sugar levels in the body if consumed in moderation. Therefore, Diet Coke is considered a better choice compared to Coke. 

FAQs 

Is it harmful to drink Diet Coke?

It depends upon the amount of Diet Coke you consume in a day. A moderate amount of Diet Coke in a day is not harmful.

Is Diet Coke better than normal Coke?

Yes, Diet Coke is better than Coke. While it does not contain any significant amounts of nutrients, it has lower calories than Coke. It does not contain any added sugars.

Can Diet Coke be consumed in diabetes?

Yes, it can be consumed in diabetes but  in moderation.

What are the bad effects of Coke on the body?

Coke can increase blood sugar levels. It can cause problems in digestion, increase cell damage, and contribute to diabetes. 

How long does it take for Coke to increase blood sugar levels?

It takes about 15-20 minutes for Coke to increase blood sugar levels. 

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