Everybody knows that if you purchase regular Coke that comes from Europe or Mexico, it’s going to taste differently because they use regular sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
Whether or not that has an actual effect on the taste, is primarily up to you the taster.
However, there are blogs and videos and a podcast devoted to the reasons why Coca Cola that comes in little glass bottles and is reportedly made with real sugar is so much better than the high fructose corn syrup stuff made in the United States.
Yes it does taste. But firstly you need to realise that they also have 2 types of brands in Europe, 1 being Diet Coke and the other being Coke Light. When comparing the USA version with europe’s the primary difference is the noted in ingredient list wherein there is a a lack of potassium benzoate in the European version Versus the US diet coke.
I’m going to delve into this a little further and get to the explain the reasons why.
What effect does this have on the taste? stick with me as i explain;
Well, potassium benzoate does add a little bit of bitterness to whatever it’s in.
We also know that Coca-Cola will change the formulation of its soft drinks depending on the region.
They have said this in numerous interviews. So based on these, we can definitively say that yes, a Diet Coke that you get in Europe will taste differently than a Diet Coke that you get in the United States.
But why is this?
But Diet Coke is something you see nearly everywhere you go. How does its taste differ when you go to different countries. And what about when you get a Diet Coke at McDonalds? Why does a Diet Coke from McDonalds taste so much better from their fountain than when you pop open a can? Let’s take a look at those questions.
Diet Coke was launched in 1982 and was the first ever Coca-Cola that was available without sugar.
It quickly became the biggest selling low-calorie soft drink in the United States. Once Coca-Cola realized that it had a winner on their hands, they quickly introduced it into other markets, beginning with Great Britain in 1983. Today, Diet Coke is available in over 200 countries.
According to the Coca-Cola website, people will import Coca-Cola and Diet Coke into countries where it isn’t manufactured.
As with Diet Coke that is made in Europe, the formula for Diet Coke in different countries will vary.
One blatant example of this is in Canada, where the ingredient list for Diet Coke includes some things you don’t find in the United States.
You can see that like in Europe, Canada adds a benzoate (although in this case it’s sodium benzoate instead of potassium benzoate), and it also adds acesulfame-potassium.
Acesulfame-potassium (also known as Ace K) is a calorie-free sweetener that is about 200 times as sweet as normal sugar.
However, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, so it is commonly used in combination with other artificial sweeteners to mask the taste.
It has the same sweetness level as aspartame, which makes it easy to mix the two. The individual particles of Ace K and aspartame are the same size as well. By blending the two, aspartame masks the bitter aftertaste of Ace K, and Ace K masks the aftertaste of aspartame.
They were used in a lot of products. In 1969, however, a research group conducted a study that involved rats and found that the sweetener called Sucaryl (which was nine parts cyclamate and one part saccharin) lead to the rats developing bladder cancer.
Of course, the rats were fed the equivalent amount of Sucaryl as that found in 800 cans of soda, but the damage was done.
Sucaryl and cyclamates were pulled from the market, and despite the finding in 1984 that cyclamates are not a carcinogen, they are no longer used in the United States.
When you get a Diet Coke from a fountain, there’s something that’s different from when you get it from a bottle or a can. There’s a reason for this, and the biggest reason is because of the primary ingredient: water.
Diet Coke is made by combining a concentrated syrup with carbonated water.
The water itself is carbonated on demand in the restaurant.
It’s not like McDonalds or your local gas station have a giant bottle of seltzer water under the counter.
Instead, as they dispense Diet Coke (or any other soda), a giant canister of carbon dioxide pushes gas into the water, creating carbonated water as its needed.
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