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11-16-2005, 12:17 AM
This months consumer reports had a article about diet sodas. What I found interesting was that more people preferred Pepsi One over Diet Pepsi. More people preferred Diet Coke over Coke with Splenda. They did not compare Coke vs Pepsi. Basically the Pepsi One with splenda is better than their flagship product while the Coke flagship product is better than their splenda counterpart.

Mr Zabe
11-16-2005, 12:22 AM
Is there a way to read this article via a web link? Very interesting article. Is this issue still on the news stands ( old school term for store LOL)?

[ 11-15-2005, 11:23 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]

11-16-2005, 05:53 AM
I still like both, but my tastes have shifted to prefer P1 over Diet Pepsi.

I'm waiting for Pepsi Denver to start putting Pepsi One in the 24 ounce 6 packs - I noticed they just added Diet Wild Cherry to that line.


11-16-2005, 11:56 PM
The Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports, states in its founding document that it supports a "single worldwide socialistic government" and that "private property is an impediment to human freedom".

Everything it says should be viewed with the knowledge of its extremist views.

11-17-2005, 12:37 AM
Apples and oranges.

You can't compare Diet Coke with Splenda (it's not Coke with Splenda) to Pepsi One. Totally different base formulas (a diet base versus a regular base).

It also has a lot to do with peoples' loyalties to certain beverages and preferred tastes.

DJ HawaiianShirt
11-21-2005, 12:04 AM
In blind taste-tests, I'm sure that Pepsi One beat Diet Pepsi.

But Diet Pepsi drinkers are hardcore. I've talked to several, and they don't care how good Pepsi One is, they won't change.

It's irritating.

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11-21-2005, 06:37 AM
I wish companies would wise up and mix artificial sweeteners. Its basically what I do with my coffee assuming I have two or three different sweetners.

11-21-2005, 09:02 PM
Most of Coke's diet/light sodas are an aspartame/ace-k mix (they won't mess with Diet Coke or CF Diet Coke, for some reason). The MM Lights have aspartame, ace-k, and sucralose.

11-22-2005, 09:08 PM
HERE IT IS. I like Diet Dr Pepper

December 2005
Battle of the diet Cola clones

A PARADE OF POP In our taste-off, we tried six sodas. More than half of the 28 kinds of Coke and Pepsi are diet.
Once upon a time, shortly after dinosaurs roamed the earth, there was one kind of Coke and one kind of Pepsi. And now? Twenty-eight. A recent addition to the lineup, Coca-Cola Zero, is supposed to taste like Coca-Cola Classic and is aimed at younger customers, especially men, who may not want to drink a soda whose first name is “Diet.” Coke Zero is sweetened with a blend of NutraSweet and acesulfame potassium (a.k.a. Ace-K). Oddly enough, that blend sweetened Pepsi One until recently, when the company switched to a Splenda/Ace-K blend.

Is this niche-marketing run amok, or is there a reason for the sea of soda? We sponsored a three-day taste-off of six colas to find out whether the average Joe and Jill could taste any difference or had a preference. As many as 127 staff members per day tried the chilled, unmarked sodas. Staff members could discern differences, but those were slight and varied with the person doing the tasting. Here's how the sodas stacked up:

Day One. Coke Zero vs. Diet Coke vs. Diet Coke with Splenda. Our staff tasters granted a slight edge to Diet Coke and Diet Coke with Splenda.

Day Two. Coca-Cola Zero vs. Coca-Cola Classic. Tasters tended to prefer Coca-Cola Classic.

Day Three. Diet Pepsi vs. Pepsi One. Tasters gave a slight edge to One.

The bottom line. Laugh at 28 colas if you will, but our tasters could discern a slight difference among the six they tried, so it might pay to have your own taste-off.

Below, the sodas in our taste tests, how they are sweetened, and what food-staff members had to say about them (beyond the fact that all had a basic cola taste).

11-22-2005, 09:09 PM
Here is the rest>

Sweet on soda? How they compared


Diet Coke

NutraSweet (aspartame)

Less overall flavor than others, less sweet. Subtle artificial-sweetener flavor.

Diet Coke with Splenda

Splenda (sucralose), Ace-K

Most intense flavor overall. Strong, lingering artificial-sweetener flavor.


NutraSweet (aspartame), Ace-K

Mild but lingering artificial-sweetener flavor. A stronger fruity/citrus flavor than others.

Coca-Cola Classic

High-fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose

Moderate natural sweetness in a cola base.

Diet Pepsi

NutraSweet (aspartame)

Tastes similar to Diet Coke.

Pepsi One

Splenda (sucralose), Ace-K

Moderate artificial-sweetener flavor in a cola base.

11-23-2005, 01:52 PM
They thought Diet Pepsi tasted like Diet Coke?

never thought that myself...

11-23-2005, 04:28 PM
i dont like any diet sodas - sweetners are gross in my opinion.