Calorie Bargain or Calorie Rip-Off: Are the Claims Really True?
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- Hershey's Reserve: Is It Better Than Regular Chocolate?
- "Don't Go Hungry" Campaign by Post Cereal: Will It Fend Off Hunger?
- Special K Protein Water: Does It Really Cut Down on Hunger?
- Diet Coke Plus: Are These Vitamins and Minerals We Need? Is It Worth Drinking?
Diet Coke Plus: Are These Vitamins and Minerals We Need? Is It Worth Drinking?
According to Zied, "We need B vitamins and the minerals zinc and magnesium. But we get all these from a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes all the key food groups -- low-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and vegetable oils. I question whether we need to get these vitamins and minerals from glorified beverages such as Diet Coke Plus." In fact, most experts recommend getting key vitamins and minerals from food, because the food provides a lot more -- there is some unknown magical combination that works better when nutrients are gained from food, rather than from supplementation.
What about the taste? According to John Craven, editor-in-chief of the online beverage business magazine BevNET.com, "This doesn't taste like Diet Coke, perhaps because it uses a different artificial sweetener blend. So it's not really Diet Coke Plus vitamins and minerals. It's more like Diet Coke Reformulated." (Diet Coke is sweetened with aspartame, and Diet Coke Plus uses a combination of acesulfame potassium and aspartame.)
Bottom line: If you're already drinking Diet Coke, this is probably an okay alternative, and if you happen to be drinking regular Coke, this is a much better choice. But it's not worth adding it to your diet if you're just looking for a vitamin supplement.
Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon & Schuster, 2007), and founder of DietDetective.com, the health and fitness network. Copyright 2007 by Charles Stuart Platkin.
Reprinted with permission from www.dietdetective.com, July 2007.
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