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      12.07.2013 15:54
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      Same great Coke taste with fewer calories and no caffeine.

      I have to admit that I'm a Coke addict, no not the type of Coke that's illegal, but the other kind, Coke Cola, the one that comes in a clear plastic bottle with a red label or red aluminium can. The trouble is as I drink a lot of the stuff I tend to get a bit hyper due to the amount of caffeine that I consume, it's not good for my image to be seen doing the "Wall of Death" round the living, however I do get through a lot of ironing, if I'm in the mood to iron that is.

      So for me it was a no brainer to start buying Diet Coke - Caffeine Free. It still has the same great taste as regular Coke, maybe it's just a little less sweet, fewer calories, always good for the waist line and non of the caffeine which made me hyper. It comes in all the same size bottles and cans as regular coke and is the same price. The bottles have the same label as all Coke bottles only the caffeine free one is beige instead of red, making it easy to find on the shelf in the supermarket.

      I love to drink it ice cold and find it very refreshing on a hot day, trouble is, if I have it too cold I tend to end up getting the hiccups.

      As of last week, Asda were selling 2 2 litre bottles for £2. However there is always some kind of promotion on for this product whenever I visit.

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      09.10.2012 11:20

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      Thought this would be a good idea, but gave it to my eldest and she went soo hyper. Which was strange as normal coke has no effect on her! As i said strange. has a nice taste though

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      22.05.2012 15:16
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      Nice drink from the coke family!!

      Went to the docs recently and he told me my blood pressure was up a bit, and it might be a good idea to watch my diet, and lose a couple of ounces (okay stone) around my waist. Well there's one thing my wife saying that, but a totally different situation when my Doctor says that. So I had a look into my diet.

      I'm a big diet coke fan (I love most diet fizzy drinks) so I decided next time I was getting my cans to buy the caffeine free version. So last night I trotted to Tesco's and got 8 cans for £3.85 and another 8 free. So I got normal diet coke and the free ones I got the caffeine free version. My method was that if I didn't like them I'd got them for free anyway. Rather than buy the caffeine free version and get the normal diet coke for free. That would be a waste of money. Ha Ha.

      So today the sun was out. The cans (which I prefer cool but not cold) were sitting under our stairs, and I decided to crack one open. The can is a bit different, as it is a golden colour It is still 330ml and recyclable, but as well as having no fat, no sugar and only 0.5kcal per 100ml, it doesn't look a lot different.

      Now the taste. Well I can honestly say, it probably tastes nicer. Even less sweet than the caffeine diet coke. It is still the same colour and fizzy, and many would not even know the difference, especially if it is used as a mixer for alcohol drinks or if ice is added on a warm day. However in a normal diet coke I believe there is 45mg of caffeine. As our normal daily limit should only be 300mg and those with high blood pressure only 200mg then it doesn't take a lot to add up.

      So from now on in I'll be drinking the de-caff diet coke. I've also bought de-caff tea and coffee, and will be looking at other sources too. My views have always been that if I can cut down on unhealthy food, without even realising it too much, then I do. Like quite a few years ago, when I weaned myself off full fat milk, to semi- skimmed, and for a number of years now I only drink skimmed milk.

      My advice for those with high blood pressure, as well as diet/excercise etc., is to watch your caffeine intake, and if you like coke, then this is one place you could start.

      Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk

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        21.04.2012 12:21
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        All the taste of Coca Cola without the sugar and caffeine.

        Coca-Cola Light Caffeine Free

        I never used to drink too much 'fizzy pop' as kids call it but in the last couple of years I have developed a taste for Coca Cola Light. There is nothing more refreshing than a cold glass straight from the fridge with ice, especially in the summer.

        I'm a very light sleeper so I was pleased when they came out with the caffeine free version as it is a double whammy for me. I don't like the idea of the regular coke as it has too much sugar but until I did some research for this review I had no idea just how much more! Coca-Cola Light has 1.3 calories per can and regular Coca Cola has around 145 per can. That is a massive difference in my opinion.

        So Coca Cola Light Caffeine Free is not only Ok to drink later in the evening but does not rot your teeth either.

        Background

        Caffeine free Coca Cola has been around a lot longer than some of you may think. It was introduced in America in nineteen eighty-three and was the original diet coke. As early as then it contained a whole five grams less sugar than normal coke and was backed promotionally by an anti-obesity campaign.

        The real story behind it all was the fact that the big wigs at Coca Cola were desperate to rival Pepsi's so-called sugar and caffeine free version. Diet Coca Cola had already been released in nineteen eighty-two, on trial and the caffeine free campaign gave it a more appealing twist than its Pepsi alternative. Let's not forget that in America in the early eighties getting a caffeine fix was not frowned upon.

        There was a bit of a war via the mind games in ad campaigns between Pepsi and Coca Cola due to Pepsi changing its strategy regarding sweeteners used in there drinks. Coca Cola had a miserable few years when they switched to Splenda and used sucralose as an alternative. During those years Pepsi crept ahead in the sales war. Once Coca Cola switched back and were one hundred per cent nutrasweet their sales went up and nutrasweet were happy that they weren't sharing such a massive brand with other sweetener developers.

        There has always been some speculation that 'caffeine free Diet Coke' is not totally caffeine free. In essence this is true because the plant that produces caffeine, i.e. plants that produce tea and coffee cannot always be stripped one hundred per cent of the substance. In fact the figure is typically around ninety-seven per cent in caffeine removed from the plants. So there will always be a tiny, small trace of caffeine in a caffeine free drink. The company is not trying to mislead anyone, it is just the way it turns out and many processes have been tried. The only way they can possibly do it is to grow organically grown plants that are naturally free of caffeine.

        Ingredients

        The chemical used to sweeten the lower calorie coke was called 'Aspartame'. In the nineteen eighty-three drive to promote the caffeine free version of Coca Cola, the word aspartame would become synonymous with the brand.

        The main ingredients of Diet Coke Caffeine Free are as mentioned above Aspartame, mixed with carbonated water and caramel colouring. The tangy taste that makes you wince after a big glug is caused by citric and phosphoric acid. Potassium benzoate keeps the whole thing together and keeps it fresh. When you drink Diet Coke in a self-service restaurant and use a tap to pour it yourself you may have some sugar in there to help preserve the Cokes shelf life.

        From a bottle or a can it contains no sugar, no fat and no carbohydrates. It also contains no vitamins or fibre. Nutritionally it is not exactly good for you but then it isn't exactly bad either. This is why many people who are dieting or exercising use it as a guilt free substitute for regular Coke, which is bad for you.

        You can buy a Diet Coke Plus version which does contain added B vitamins and also magnesium and zinc.

        It has also been rumoured that Diet Coke can give you skin cancer from the phosphoric acid used in it. This has not been proven.

        Dentists have also been on recording as recommending Diet Coke drinkers to drink a glass all in one go instead of sipping it. The reason for this is that the sweetener aspartame can cause tooth decay and sits on your teeth for an hour afterwards causing yellowing and ruining your enamel. This happens when the PH balance of your mouth is lowered due to the ingredients in Diet Coke.

        The sodium content of Diet Coke Caffeine Free is two per cent of the recommended daily dose. This isn't high at all but when mixed with the chemicals used to make it caffeine free it can cause a dehydrating effect and it is advised that people who drink a lot of Diet Coke Caffeine Free should also drink a lot of water during the day to negate the effects of dehydration.

        There are many myths surrounding Diet Coke both the normal and the caffeine free version. One as mentioned is the skin cancer rumour; the other is that it helps you lose weight. It does not help you lose weight but it is a more sensible alternative to the regular drink in the brand. There is a lot less sugar and only a tiny trace of caffeine so for that reason it is a much better option.

        My Thoughts

        I have never been a massive fan of fizzy drinks but like I mentioned at the start of the review, I do enjoy a cold glass of Coke with ice. It is refreshing, stimulating, even with the caffeine stimulant removed, and it is above all else refreshing.

        I prefer to drink it from the glass bottles when at a café or restaurant but these days the owners of these establishments have a smaller bottle at their disposal, which frankly is a rip off and is designed to make them money. How many times do you find that while your chatting before your meal arrives that your drink has almost gone? Then you need to buy another to wash down your dinner with. It's not by accident that this happens, believe me.

        It can be expensive in some establishments but isn't too pricey to buy in shops. It is more expensive than other branded Cokes but then you are paying for a name in as much as it is a name that is tried, tested and for the most part, trusted.

        All in all though Diet Coke Caffeine Free is a refreshing and enjoyable drink that both adults and children can enjoy, albeit in moderation.

        Since I first wrote this review, a woman in the U.K has died and her husband is trying to blame Coca-Cola. She drank ten litres a day and had caffeine toxicity and a failed liver. She also had eight kids, so was probably stressed to the max and not working. She officially died of cardiac arrest. Suggesting that it is Coca Cola's fault is ridiculous. Who drinks ten litres in a day? I'll have to stop rain dancing in case I get the blame for all the bad weather in the world!

        ©Lee Billingham

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          31.01.2012 11:34
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          My new coke!

          I wanted to quit caffeine as I found it made my heart race a bit too fast and wasn't helping me when I wanted to sleep! I'm not a coffee drinker, my only vice is diet coke. So when they launched the caffeine free version, I was thrilled.

          I have tried the caffeine-free version of Asda's coke and it was disgusting, far too artificially sweet. Tesco's was palatable, but they soon discontinued it. I had every faith that the real Diet Coke version would be better.

          Diet Coke Caffeine Free is the same price as the full-fat and normal diet version. It is easily identified because it has a gold coloured label (or can) so it stands out. It comes in the same sizes as the other cokes and apart from the label, looks no different. You can get an 8-pack of cans on offer at Supermarkets for £3, a 500ml bottle for just under £1, and a 2 litre bottle for about £1.80 or sometimes on offer at around £1 if you buy 2. Widely available in big supermarkets, not so much in corner shops.

          So what does it taste like? Well to be honest I can't particularly tell the difference. It is a lot less sweet than say, Pepsi Max, but compared to regular Diet Coke, I can't really taste much difference at all. It is the same consistency, colour, taste. It is just as fizzy (although I like to make mine flat!) and pretty much the same - you can't tell the difference, you certainly don't notice the caffeine missing! At less than 1 calorie, you can't complain! It does have a slight sweet aftertaste, but I find that true of the normal diet coke as well (it's because of the sweetener they use to replace sugar)

          All in all - my new regular coke!

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          07.09.2011 10:05
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          A wimps version of full sugar Coca-Cola

          love Coca-cola, I absolutely adore it, in a glass with lots of ice, a slice of lemon, accompanying a shot of vodka and even making a delicious ice cream soda.

          Except Coke is full of caffeine and I only have decaffeinated drinks. Yes I know 'whats the point', 'its not coffee/coke, etc without the caffeine'. I must mention that I do actually like the taste of coffee and it tastes no different to full caffeine coffee. I don't drink caffeine or have it in any other form for that matter because it makes me go slightly odd! I know caffeine isnt all bad it can help keep you awake, work harder, increases the effectiveness of certain drugs, its even possible thats its beneficial to those who have ADHD. For others it can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, it can even affect your memory. Oh and caffeine withdrawl is horrendous!

          So my beloved Coke had to go but I was browsing in the supermarket wondering whether cherry would plug the gap left in my dietary soul. I saw a Brown label in amongst the Coke section and thank heavens there was a Decaffeinated Diet Coke. I could almost hear the birds sing I was so happy! I should also mention that I am watching my weight so the fact that it is a diet version is a bonus.

          I took it home expecting to be able to ditch the lemonade in my vodka and replace the coke I'd been missing. I'll be honest I wasn't expecting it to taste just like Coke as it was a Diet Coke. With Diet Coke Coke it tastes a bit more watered down, not so rich and can be a acquired taste.

          Well blow me down if you don't find you have to acquire a taste for this! And you'll probably have to work pretty hard to achieve that!

          I'd describe the taste as brown water. It's thin and has none of the richness of full Coke. Take Diet Coke and water it even thinner and that's the consistency. Taste wise theres not a lot too it and theres a strange dry after-taste which is probably due to the sweeteners. To be honest its not that nice tasting with anything unless its really really chilled. I'd describe it as being like that really cheap 20p cola without the caffeine.

          But there's the catch, taking the caffeine out shouldn't take away any of the flavour, certainly it doesn't make any difference to tea and coffee. Perhaps they should re-make it but have it as full fat Coke and not Diet, this may improve the flavour. And my point can be proven by the fact that one of the major supermarkets decaf diet coke tastes much better.

          As its still the same price as ordinary Coke with probably, at most, a 1/3 of the ingredients I really cant be recommending this.

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            06.08.2011 08:18
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            Thesedays I try to drink more Caffeine Free Diet Coke than norml Diet Coke. I don't drink tea or coffee and the only Caffeine drink that I reach for is any energy drink. I don't have much trouble sleeping, but this is a change in Juice that i'm trying to make

            You get this version of Diet Coke in a few different ways. Perhaps not in the saame amount of ways as normal Diet Coke, but not that hard to get but I suppose that depends on your shops as I find that Supermarkets stock this more than the smaller shops near me. A 500ml bottle costs around 95p, a 2 litre bottle is around £1.80 and a 6 pack of 330ml tins is around £2.80.

            You can identify this product by the colouring on the tin and label. Instead of the silver colour which is on normal Diet Coke, this has a more bronze colour but all the other branding is the same.

            To be honest taste wise I don't notice any difference. This still has the Diet Coke taste and I personally don't notice the caffeine missing.

            Per 100ml this has 0.5 calories so it's good for you to be watching your weight.

            There isn't anything else really to say about this Juice. It's fizzy, tastes nice and low calorie and just the kind of Juice that I go for.

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            05.05.2011 10:30
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            A nice tasting refreshing drink which is healthier than it's full fat caffeinated alternative.

            I used to love drinking cola, and when I could it would be diet coke not pepsi, not a non-diet version, but diet coke from coca cola. However, for a couple of years when I first became caffeine intolerant I couldn't have it, so as you can imagine when they brought this in I sort of yelped for joy. It's been on the shelves for quite a lot of years now, and it's become clear now that they intend to leave it there (I always have a worry with caffeine free things that they'll decide they're not popular enough and remove them).

            Caffeine free coca cola comes in 3 sizes as far as I can tell. The big 'family size' 2 litre bottles, the individual 500ml bottles and the 330ml cans. I normally buy the large 2 litre bottle as this works out the best value at £1.78 a bootle and as I don't generally need to carry it around with me outside the house this is fine. The can prices vary hugely from 60p a can for just one to 40p each if you buy a 12pk, and the 500ml individual bottles I've seen at widely ranging prices too, but in my local supermarket they're usually around £1.10 each.

            The taste. If there's anyone out there who's not tasted cola in one form or another may I suggest that to understand what I'm describing you go and try some. I think this is one of those products that is never going to be very describable flavour-wise sadly. The drink is sweet, and is flavoured with the kola nut and coca leaves. The leaves have the cocaine extracted from them first so that they're considered 'spent' before they're used to flavour the coke. There are some people who believe that the process used can't remove all of the cocaine alkaloids so they think the drink still contains trace amounts at molecular level, but this is something which the Coca Cola Company say isn't so. Other flavours in there include cinamon and vanilla apparently, but Coca Cola keep the exact recipe a secret so that no other cola company can replicate it.

            I have to say I've tried a few brands of alternative caffeine free cola (Tesco's own and Asda's own for example), and I just don't like them. Compared to Coca Cola's they taste wrong somehow.

            I enjoy drinking caffeine free coke when it's a hot day and I want a cold refreshing drink. It's not something I'd want on a daily basis, and I have to say I generally prefer it in the summer to winter time. I don't tend to drink it in the pub as the caffeine free version is hardly ever available there which is a shame as I'd appreciate it if it was. I find this to be a very refreshing drink when it is drunk cold, being fizzy but also sweet it does I think require that coldness to work well otherwise it can be a little overly sweet tasting for me. This diet version does contain aspartame and other sweeteners which I know some people avoid, but I figure I'd rather have those than loads of sugar so I do prefer this version to the 'full fat' version as we call the non-diet one. I think to be honest though, this is purely a matter of taste.

            Compared to some other fizzy drinks, this isn't cheap, however, compared to its arch rival pepsi it's pretty much the same pricewise. I also find that the price is no greater for the caffeine free version which is good, and it's often available on special offers like three for the price of two in Tesco. I tend to buy it when it's on one of these offers and keep a couple of bottles in the cupboard for when I want them. It's shelf life is exceedingly long (months and months), so I can do this without concern that it might go off.

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              You really can't tell the difference.

              So many people turn their nose up at diet coke, let alone de-caffinated diet coke. It is certainly not very manly, but one day I was on a health kick yet needed a treat, and decided to try this type of coke. I really didn't see why it was so bad, so have bought it plenty of times since.

              You can get decaffinated diet coke in a large bottle, small solo size bottles or cans. It is pretty much the same price as normal diet coke. The packaging is very similar to diet coke except it has a brown back ground, I guess they are trying to make the colour synonymous with it, just like red with 'normal' coke, and silver with diet coke.

              Diet coke without caffiene, is no less fizzy than normal coke or diet coke. When the bottle is first opened, it is always a little too fizzy for me so I open it and then leave it for a couple of minutes before I drink it. I love pouring it into a glass and adding a couple of slices of lemon and lime. That's my serving recommendation!

              I think if you were a coke connoisseur you would be able to tell it was diet, but I really can't tell the difference between diet coke with caffeine and without. I honestly can't, and the lack of caffeine does not take way from the taste in anyway.

              The plus points of being without caffeine are that it is quite healthy to minimise the amount of caffeine you drink, especially if we were pregnant or on a special diet.

              What worries me about this coke, is what they have to replace the caffeine with to make it taste just as good. Is it other 'bad' things that are not any healthier for you, yet, are just not so well publicised.

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                08.10.2010 13:47
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                It's my favourite soft drink..... and has been for some years

                I've been drinking the caffeine free diet coke for years. The only time I go for the full caffeine effect is when I can't get hold of caffeine free and I can't taste any different between the two.

                The reason that I tried it was because I found the 'full fat' version gave me tooth ache as it was so sweet. So I moved onto diet. I then discovered that caffeine contributed to cellulite! It was at this point that I immediately moved onto caffeine free as I tend to drink about 6 cans in a week.

                Has it helped in the cellulite area? I really couldn't comment as I did start to change my diet generally and also started to exercise so maybe it did and maybe it didn't help!

                Very rarely do I see the caffeine free variety in bottles but I do buy it in multipacks for the cans in Sainsburys. They tend to have offers on at regular intervals. 2 boxes of 10 (the fridge size) can be had for £5.00 (usually around £4.00 for 1) in these offers or they do a buy one get one free on the 6 packs (these are usually around £3.00)

                Other than the taste difference between full fat and diet (which I'm sure some people probably notice more than others) there is also the calories as a can of 330ml diet coke is 0.5 calories and 0g of fat. This is great news for when you are dieting.

                Diet coke can be drunk on its own or as a mixer so its also very versatile! But the only concern I do have is about the enamel on my teeth as its a fizzy drink and drinking these in abundance could have a negative effect (and the fact it has citric acid in the ingredients makes me a bit nervous)so I have tried to reduce my intake more recently...

                I enjoy the taste of it but for the sake of this review I think its difficult to describe it. It's a bit like marmite... you either love it or hate it... but I would suggest that you try it!

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                13.08.2010 15:28
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                Great if you love diet coke but prefer not to be a caffeine addict!

                I have a confession to make, I'm addicted to diet coke! Despite knowing how bad it is for me, the effects of carbonation on my teeth, aspartame on my bones etc. I just can't seem to keep away from it! I find it to be a big help when trying to lose weight as it satisfies a sweet tooth and fills you up without any calories.

                However, I've decided to switch from regular diet coke to caffeine free. This is because I've discovered that caffeine withdrawal is not a pleasant experience and I've decided to wean myself off so that I'm not relying on my fix of diet coke to get me through the day or ward off headaches.

                Caffeine free diet coke is the same price as the normal version, and is often included in supermarket special offers but not always so be sure to check first! It is available in more or less the same quantities, the 330ml can, the 500ml bottle and the 2ltr bottle. The only bottle size I've seen for diet coke but not caffeine free diet coke is 1ltr, but that's a pointless size anyway I think!

                As for the taste, well there is a difference, there's no point in denying it. However, I don't think the difference is as great as the difference between diet coke and regular 'fat' coke. I can happily drink a glass of diet coke followed by a glass of caffeine free without being bothered by the difference, in fact this is how I 'came off' the caffeinated stuff, by gradually replacing it.

                It is just as refreshing as normal diet coke, and is particularly delightful when its been kept chilled in the fridge or with ice on a hot day. The great thing about coke products though is that they're still nice when kept at room temperature so on a cold day you can still have your diet coke fix without shivering!

                The packaging of caffeine free diet coke is slightly different to normal diet coke, which makes it easy not to pick up the wrong one and give yourself a dose of caffeine by accident! Where diet coke has a silver label or can, caffeine free diet coke has a bronze (funnily enough, its a kind of coffee colour!) label.

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                  07.03.2010 21:37
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                  As explained within review.

                  Coca-Cola is a very popular household named soft drink. It has distinctive red packaging and can be bought from almost everywhere. This spin off product though however is in alternative packaging to the traditional red, with it being all in a goldy colour. This product isn't as widley available as their other brands, and I have only seen this avilable in the large supermarkets; yet however it is the same price in the places that I have seen this sold.


                  *** What's the difference

                  This product is basically the same as other coca-cola however it has no caffeine in it. Caffeine is renowend for being a stimulant, keeping you awake and active. Caffeine sometimes can give people a headache if they drink too much of it, or so it does with my mum, so it's useful having a product which doesn't contain any of this.

                  I noticed that the taste to this isnt as sugary as with the normal coca-cola, I think when you taste both of these you can deffinatly taste that normal coca-cola does have a lot of sugar, yet this caffeine free version doesn't taste as suagary. However despite it not tasking as sugary it still tastes nice; it's kind of in the middle of diet coke and coca-cola. If I had the chioce I would choose this caffeine free version over diet coke.


                  *** Calories

                  After recently posting a review on coca-cola I noticed just how much sugar and calories that drink had, yet this caffeine free version is really good on that respects. In the full 2 litre bottle it contains a mere 8 calories and no sugar at all, (thats what the bottle says).


                  *** Overall opinion

                  It appears that this drink is exactly the same as diet-coke yet it is free of caffeine. Considering that they have taken extra out and created this dirnk you would think this tastes the worst, has it has the least amount of ingrediants in, however as stated before I think it tastes nicer than diet coke.


                  *** Hope this helps :)

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                  Complex issues, condom-cola?

                  Having developed a brutal liking for caffeine and being a heavy duty fan of diet colas (as my dentist would surely testify) generally, pre-bedtime cola indulgence has become a bit of a minefield. So logic is caffeine free post 19:00 hrs...? So, that aside, its all down to what it tastes like. The ingredients appear to simply omit the caffeine and I, of course, can tell by taste alone. The drink tastes similar to diet coke, but has flavours reminiscent of budget brands (own brand diet colas). You try them for a while but find your way back to the coke/pepsi versions down the line (whether this is due to brand/branding weakness could be a strong argument, but then again I'm happy with own brand other stuff and, believe me, extravagance is not a happy choice). The product area is, perhaps, not all about quench, as fix is a big factor (albeit not initially...)?Difficult to say whether I'll stick with it as its not so easy to get hold of... but it stops me rushing back to the fridge for more and as the diuretic effect is not there maybe one to hang on to. I'm trying to convince myself more than anything here though! All in all coke aren't going to actively market an equal product that will see punters easily wean themselves off the product line... They should go back to their origins and put the coke back in, to then produce a zero version (and, of course, that's where all of this started! I'm an elephant etc. etc.)...

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                    If you can't kick the coke habit try and wean yourself off with this.

                    I'm addicted to fizzy drinks, I have been for about 10 years now and although I've tried, it's a bad habit I just haven't been able to kick.
                    When I've tried to cut my fizzy pop consumption I've found that I feel tired and irritable, I've put this down to the fact that I'm probably addicted to the caffeine within these drinks.

                    So in my latest bid to kick the coke I've decided to replace diet coke with diet coke caffeine free. I am hoping that by doing this I will become less addicted to the caffeine and I might finally be able to kick the fizz.

                    As you'd expect this is a low calorie drink, it has a similar taste to diet coke but I find there is a subtle difference - you don't get the chemically aftertaste that Diet Coke leaves you with.

                    This product quenches my thirst better than regular diet coke, but it doesn't pack the same punch.

                    The main disadvantage I've found with this product is that it isn't widely available, the only places I have been able to find this is Tesco's and Asda. It costs around £1.56 for a two litre bottle and approximately £3.65 for ten cans.

                    I'd recommend this product if you drink a lot of diet coke and you are trying to cut your caffeine consumption down.

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                      16.10.2009 10:11
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                      I do drink this regularly but kind of wish I didn't.

                      Drinking diet coke is something I consider to be one of my more disgusting habits. Having grown up in the USA in the birthplace of coca-cola, I'm afraid to say I got hooked on it as a child and it's one addiction I can't seem to kick. Now that I can't drink caffeine anymore due to doctor's orders, I'm happy that there is this caffeine-free diet coke available to satisfy my cravings.

                      Caffeine-free diet coke isn't so easy to find where I live. It isn't sold in any of the small convenience stores in my neighbourhood, in Co-op, or in Lidl. The only place I have been able to find this is Tesco's. It costs £1.56 for a 2 litre bottle or £3.65 for ten cans.

                      The colouring for the caffeine-free diet coke cans and bottles is a very light, silver-bronze to distinguish it from regular diet coke. I find this colour difference very subtle and it's quite easy to make a mistake about which type of diet coke you are buying.

                      I find that caffeine-free diet coke tastes absolutely indistinguishable from regular diet coke. It has the same sweet taste, the same sharp bubbly feeling in my mouth, and no nasty aftertaste either as you might expect with something so chemically.

                      I am ashamed to admit that I do support the Coca-Cola company with my purchase of this product. Coca-Cola bottling plants in India and around the world have shamelessly tapped deep underground aquifers and extracted unsustainable amounts of water for their product, leaving droughts and water shortages behind them for local residents to deal with - residents who can't afford to buy coca-cola products. You can find out more about this here: www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/.../gotdrought.html

                      So it is with a guilty conscience that I sit and enjoy my caffeine-free diet coke. I'm not sure therefore how many stars to give this product. I would give it 5 for taste and 1 for its treatment of indigenous people, so I suppose that averages out to 3 stars.

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