Have you heard about Diet Coke Plus? It is regular, zero-calorie diet coke that has had vitamins and minerals added to it. The soda is Coke’s newest offering and is designed to turn diet coke into a health drink in the minds of consumers. The company has no plans to change or replace regular diet coke, but merely to give consumers another (healthier) option when drinking soda. Each 8-ounce serving of the soda provides “a good source of Niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc and magnesium (15% Daily Value [DV] for Niacin, B6 and B12, 10% DV for zinc and magnesium).”
Diet Coke Plus, despite the fact that a serving size is 8-ounces, is sold in 12-ounce cans. The drinks have begun to hit stores in the past week or so and I picked up this particular can in the refrigerated case at Target. According to Coke, the “sleek” can I picked up is a limited edition design to promote the soda during its release and will be replaced with a more traditional looking can in a few weeks.
Surprisingly, Diet Coke Plus did taste almost exactly like regular diet coke, although it seemed to be slightly less carbonated. There were no aftertastes or off aromas, which sometimes occur with “enhanced” drinks, that I could pick up. That said, the decrease in carbonation was a drawback for me, as it is one of the things that makes regular diet coke so refreshing.
I doubt that I’ll go out of my way to buy more, as I’m not particularly concerned with my intake of the vitamins it includes, but as long as you’re a diet coke fan, this might not be a bad way to get a few steps closer to the RDA of the b-vitamins, niacin, etc.