Nutrition Facts of a Can of Coke (Classic, Zero, Diet)

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Coke is known to be extremely filled with sugar and caffeine, but what about other ingredients? Is there anything you should know about coke nutrition? Let us find out!

Coke (Coca Cola) Nutrition Information

The ingredients of the most popular modern beverage are a trade secret. Complete recipe written by Pemberton’s hand is stored in a special safe, and only two people from the top management of the company have access to it; they can open the safe only in the presence of each other. Upon disclosure of components, employees are held criminally liable. Only a common set of components is available to us.

Therefore, original Coca-Cola contains some microelements, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium etc. There are also some food colorings and flavors, as well as caffeine. The last one has a significant share, making coke as energy valuable as a cup of coffee. Find more data about caffeine content in coke here. Talking about nutrients, there are no proteins and no fats in coke content.

Carbohydrates replace proteins and fats nicely with the amount of 39 g per one can. Needless to say, if you do no sport, these carbs are easily transformed into fat by your body.

Even though we know some components in coke nutrition, it is hard to say what amounts of each we are talking about. Once again, the recipe is a top secret. This means we can only relate to official data, delivered by distributors of coke.

Anyway, coke’s effect on human body and health is studied by scientists, so, we can say what it is good or bad for. A glass of Coca-Cola can improve the state of your body, but systematic use leads to harmful consequences.

Let us list the most important:

  • Increase of blood pressure leads to some pressure on heart muscle because of the high level of caffeine in coke. If you have hypertension, you should abstain from this beverage.
  • It is dangerous for tooth enamel, due to the high content of acids (10 times higher than in fruit juice).
  • Coke contributes to the destruction of stomach walls, which can develop into hepatitis, and then into an ulcer. This is also due to high acid concentration.
  • Coke can lead to elution of calcium from bones because of phosphoric acid in its composition.
  • It increases the load on liver because of the high sugar content; consequently, a large amount of insulin is released into blood.

These factors are only most harmful ones. Regular coke consumption is bad for many other things. Some of them happen because of its sugar content, which is enormous for a beverage.

Nutrition Facts of a Can of Classic Coke

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Name of nutrition component Content in 1 can Daily norm
Proteins 0 g 90 g
Fats 0 g 85 g
Carbohydrates 39 g 400 g
Sodium 45 mg 4 g
Calcium -Unknown- 630 mg
Potassium -Unknown- 3.5 g
Magnesium -Unknown- 280 mg
Iron -Unknown- 500 mg
Vitamins -Unknown-

Some Facts about Coke Zero Nutrition

Talking about sugar, there is a coke zero, which contains 0% of this thing. However, is it the only difference about it? First of all, sugar should be replaced with something, so that the taste is still nice. What we have got in coke zero is acesulfame potassium.

Acesulfame K (as known as acesulfame potassium) is a food additive, registered under the code E-950. This thing is 200 times sweeter than sucrose. In non-alcoholic beverages, a mixture of acesulfame potassium and aspartame is widely used. E-950 can be stored for a long time, does not cause any allergic reactions and contains no calories. However, it contains methyl ether, which worsens the work of cardiovascular system, and asparogenoic acid – it has an energizing effect on nervous system and can cause addiction over time. Acesulfame is poorly soluble.

Products with acesulfame potassium are not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating women. Safe dose – no more than 1 g per day.

Even though acesulfame potassium may be harmful for your health, it is true for large amounts only. As we have said, it is 200 sweeter than sucrose. This means, to replace 39 grams of sugar, we need only 0.2 grams of E-950. The safe amount is 1 g, so you can drink five cans of coke without being worried. Moreover, it might be a lot better for your health than 8 teaspoons of sugar. There is nothing different about vitamins or minerals content in coke zero (so as manufacturers claim).

What is the Glycemic Index of Coke Zero?

Regular coke has a glycemic index of around 70 values. Such amount is somewhat huge. However, zero one should not have it that big. GI is used for the measuring of carbohydrates. If there are no in zero, the value is close to 0. Nevertheless, the full content of coke is a secret, meaning it is hard to tell the exact number here.

Nutrition Facts of Coke Zero

Name of nutrition component Content in 1 can Daily norm
Proteins 0 g 90 g
Fats 0 g 85 g
Carbohydrates 0 g 400 g
Sodium 40 mg 4 g
Acesulfame potassium no less than 0.2 g 1 g

Diet Coke Nutrition Facts

Diet coke is known to contain the same zero amount of sugar. However, there is more caffeine in there. In addition, manufacturers probably use some other sweetener except E-950. That we do not know.

Diet coke does not contain calories; however, this does not mean that it will help you get rid of extra pounds. People who regularly consume it add up to 70% of excess weight for 2 years. Moreover, diet coke is sweeter than regular sugar, so, after a while, tongue receptors become blunted and their ability to feel natural sweetness, such as fruit, is significantly reduced. Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as the one we have mentioned above, can cause a headache.

Therefore, there is almost nothing different for your health between zero and diet coke. Perhaps, it is only the taste, which you can choose yourself.

Glycemic Index of Diet Coke

The glycemic index of diet coke is as low as for zero one. Even though the exact number is not known, this beverage is in the low group for sure. This means there are almost no carbs in there. However, it is still harmful and can provoke weight gain.

Nutrition Facts of Diet Coke (Table)

Name of nutrition component Content in 1 can Daily norm
Proteins 0 g 90 g
Fats 0 g 85 g
Carbohydrates 0 g 400 g
Sodium 40 mg 4 g
Artificial sweeteners -Unknown-

Coke is one of the most harmful beverages for health. Classic one contains a lot of sugar and almost no vitamins. Diet and zero cokes does not have sugar in its ingredients at all. However, there are some sweeteners instead, and it is hard to tell what is worse. Coke is a tasty soda, so it is hard to give up drinking it completely. Just remember not to do it regularly and do some sport. Then your body will be ok to get a glass.


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    • monica
    • May 26, 2017

    Thanx! Like from me!

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