Despite the fact that it probably seems
like I survive on an unhealthy diet made up almost entirely of sugar,
that couldn't be further from the truth. I survive on an unhealthy diet
made up almost entirely of artificial sweeteners. And while that isn't
entirely true either (don't worry, eventually some things I say in here
will be true... probably), it is a sad fact that chemicals make up a
large portion of what I ingest.
And to that potentially frightening
fact I say, "Eh." I figure, although maybe "hope" would be a better
word, that the extreme aspects of my weird diet will do their best to
cancel each other out. Yes, I may drink countless cans of
chemically-infused diet sodas a day, but I also eat about a pound of
vegetables a day. So we're even.
Regardless, my contrasting attitudes
towards health have seemingly come together into one, glorious product:
Diet Coke Plus. Essentially, it is Diet Coke with vitamins and minerals
added to it. I had doubts going into trying it. I'm not a huge fan of
Diet Coke. That sounds odd, considering how much of it I drink, but
that is more a result of lack of choices. It's the default diet soda in
most restaurants, as well as in theme parks and sports venues. So while
I am not a huge fan of the food or the three hour waits, this is one
reason why The Cheesecake Factory is amazing: they have Fresca on tap.
That alone always gives me a spark of hope for the future of humanity.
Given my rather indifferent feelings
towards Diet Coke, the idea of adding vitamins didn't sound like a
sure-fire way to improve the taste. I'm not sure if you have ever
chewed on a Centrum (I have, but it was by accident, which makes it a
slightly less ridiculous thing to say), but they're not exactly
delicious. So Diet Coke + bitter vitamins = good? I was already
beginning to doubt the plus in that equation. Or maybe it's the equals
sign that makes it incorrect, I'm not sure. Although the soda is called
Plus, so I'll go with the former.
After tasting it, I was hit with a
weird realization: it tastes better than regular Diet
Coke. This is because they use a sweetener combination of Ace-K and
aspartame, not just plain aspartame. This combination is used in one of
my current favorite sodas, Coke Zero. It is a good combination in terms
of taste; it makes diet sodas taste a bit sweeter, but with a more
natural flavor and not the typically harsh sugar free sweetness. I
didn't notice any bitterness from the added vitamins, which was a good
thing. At the same time, I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. It
still has that bland Diet Coke flavor, only with a slightly sweeter
taste. As for the vitamins and minerals, I'll stick to taking
So, unfortunately, even though "stupid
soda ideas with short time frames before they disappear" are so beloved
by myself, Diet Coke Plus wasn't too interesting. It certainly wasn't
bad, and if someone had it around, I'd have some. However, I doubt
I would actually purchase or order it myself. It's safe to say the only
time I will be using the words Diet Coke Plus when ordering a drink, is
when that phrase is immediately followed by the word "rum".
Since this article is depressingly lacking in visual aids, here is a
picture of me playing Pokemon Diamond. The Diet Coke Plus is in
the background. I would have taken a solo picture but, sadly, my
shelf was too messy.