Topic: Diet Coke

Diet Coke Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes (Yes, Even Though It’s Sugar-Free)

Diet Coke Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes (Yes, Even Though It's Sugar-Free)

French researchers have found yet another reason to stop drinking Diet Coke: It’s linked to a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes; in fact, they even found that diet soda drinkers were more likely to develop diabetes than subjects who drank regular soda. This is hardly the first study reminding people that diet sodas are terrible for you, despite being calorie-free, and yet…consumers don’t seem to care nearly as much about the health risks of what they drink as they do about whether it will make them fat. More »

Why Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke Deal Is Even Worse Than Beyonce’s Pepsi Deal

Why Taylor Swift's Diet Coke Deal Is Even Worse Than Beyonce's Pepsi Deal

First, Pepsi signed a $50 million deal with Beyonce to pump up their brand. Now, Taylor Swift is shilling for Diet Coke. Announced over the weekend (via a video on Taylor Swift’s YouTube channel claiming the drink as one of her “great loves”), the deal is expected to be more than a few 30-second commercial spots. So now both brands are going to try their hardest to make fans believe that drinking carbonated sugary drinks is an essential part of their favorite celebrities’ lifestyle. It might sound like a joke to you and me, but I’m not sure the stars’ younger fans are so discerning. And here we thought Ronald McDonald was bad. More »

Everyone Should Watch This Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial (And Pass It On)

Everyone Should Watch This Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial (And Pass It On)

Last week, Coca-Cola addressed its increasingly relevant role in America’s obesity issues for the first time … by releasing a commercial exonerating the company from blame. The ad touts Coca-Cola’s efforts to reduce calories in its sugary beverages, to offer a range of low- or zero-calorie drinks and to pull sodas from schools in favor of water, juices and sports drinks. All of which is (in its own warped “corporate social responsibility” way) commendable. And none of which changes the fact that even no- or low-calorie sodas or moderate sugary-drink consumption can wreck your health. More »

Coke’s Happiness Truck Makes People Forget Their Sodas Are Sickening

Coke's Happiness Truck Makes People Forget Their Sodas Are Sickening

Coca-Cola’s latest campaign involves what they call a “Happiness Truck,” and it has been honking its way through some of the world’s major cities. The Happiness Truck (which has “125 years of sharing happiness” emblazoned across it) has a button at the rear which, when pushed by curious on-lookers, dispenses with free Cokes, cupcakes, snacks, toys, and other random swag. Anywhere the truck stops turns into a rock concert, literally, as Coca-Cola hired major label bands and musicians to perform under Coke’s massive red banner. Recently, they hit up Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver and created a viral video in an effort to brand their fizzy drinks as happiness-inducers, and watching the cutesy video is almost convincing: The concert footage looks like a rockin’ good time, and the families hitting that push button for free goodies are all laughing and spreading smiles. More »

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month That Are a Scam and Create More Trash

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month That Are a Scam and Create More Trash

Earth Day, Earth Week, Earth Month. In theory, we’re on board with all the eco-conscious hullaballoo surrounding this 41-year-old hippies-unite-to-preserve-the-Earth tradition, because most people have well-meaning intentions about making the world a better place on which to live. But in practice, this kind of day-, week-, or month-long international celebration presents the perfect opportunity for huge corporations (and anyone else) to capitalize on all the fuzzy and warm (but not ozone-layer-threatening) good publicity that aligning yourself with Earth Day, Week, and/or Month can provide (which translates into a hell of a lot of green – the spendable kind). And let’s face it: For every legitimately good environmentally-friendly activity out there in the world this month, there are lots more that, unfortunately, are scams – plain and simple. (Remember Frito-Lay’s compostable SunChips bag that consumers found too loud, so the company discontinued them last year and recently re-introduced a quieter version? More of a gimmick than a scam, but shhhh.) Here’s our gallery of six such Earth Month scams that actually end up creating more trash at the end of the hippie rainbow. Call us jaded; just don’t call us naive. And don’t call us a cab, either. We’ll take public transportation instead. More »

10 Surprising Drinks That Could Raise Your Blood Pressure

10 Surprising Drinks That Could Raise Your Blood Pressure

We hardly need another study to know that soda is bad for us, but in case you need an up-to-date reminder: New research says sugary drinks cause high blood pressure. Before you stop reading because you never drink coke, consider this: The study isn’t just talking about soft drinks: It’s talking about any drink sweetened with sugar. You might think you’re doing good by never drinking anything that comes out of a can, but if your beverage of choice (juice and smoothies included) contains high fructose corn syrup, you’re still putting yourself at risk. More »

Caramel-Colored Cola May Cause Cancer, New Study Claims

Caramel-Colored Cola May Cause Cancer, New Study Claims

Obviously, there are already plenty of health reasons to limit your soda intake, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is determined to add another to the list: Cancer.

In a report published Wednesday, CPSI urged the FDA to ban the caramel coloring used in cola products including Coke and Pepsi, claiming that “artificial brown coloring in colas and some other products is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures.” Not exactly appetizing. Even less so? “Chemical reactions result in the formation of 2-methylimidazole and 4 methylimidazole, which in government-conducted studies caused lung, liver, or thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice or rats,” CPSI says. More »

Update: Coke’s Secret Recipe Is Safe, Says Coca-Cola

Update: Coke's Secret Recipe Is Safe, Says Coca-Cola

Yesterday, Coke’s secret recipe, including the formula for its “merchandise 7x flavoring,” was outed on the Internet, thanks to a recipe published 32 years ago that was unearthed by NPR radio show This American Life. But today, Coca-Cola claims their recipe is still a safe secret. After taste-testing the recipe that was published in Atlanta Constitution-Journal in 1979, This American Life confirmed that it doesn’t really taste like the real thing. But a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola told the press, “Our formulation is our company’s most valued trade secret, and we will not be coming forward with that formula,” adding that the recipe is only known by a small handful of people at a time. More »

Secret Coca-Cola Ingredients Revealed: “Merchandise 7x Flavoring”

Secret Coca-Cola Ingredients Revealed: "Merchandise 7x Flavoring"

In a recent episode of Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, Coca Cola’s secret recipe was revealed: The closely-guarded key to their trademarked soda was apparently published in Atlanta Constitution-Journal back in 1979, but no one noticed. Now, thanks to the Internet, their recipe is in the hands of consumers and competitors everywhere. So what gives Coke that different taste? Aside from corn syrup and carbonation, Coke owes its unique flavor to “merchandise 7x flavoring,” a combination of orange, nutmeg, and lemon oils, coriander, cinnamon, and neroli. (Is anyone else surprised at how much this list reads like the scent list for an ashram?) More »

Research Links Diet Sodas to Stroke

Research Links Diet Sodas to Stroke

We’ve long been leery of all the chemicals, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners used to jack up drinkers of diet sodas, and a new study indicating that drinking diet soft drinks may increase risk for stroke only makes us more worried about the mysterious effects of those calorie-free cans. Researchers tracked the habits and health of about 2,500 adults in Manhattan over a nearly 10-year period, and found that those who drank diet sodas daily had about a 48% higher risk of stroke or heart attack than subjects who drank no soft drinks at all. More »