Coke Made With Stevia

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-07-27 10:50:24 -0500
Started 2014-06-18 08:17:42 -0500

Before you get too excited, it's not in the US yet and may not be for a long while. But it is in Argentina, Chile and next year it should be introduced to the UK. It's also not a zero calorie drink as a 12oz can will still have 89 calories. For those who are trying to rid themselves of the sucrulose and aspartame, it might be a good alternative.

Here is the article on it. Check out the new look of a Stevia based Coke.

75 replies

shorty1965 2014-07-27 10:50:24 -0500 Report

I stop drinking anything I have to add sub sugars to now I'm trying to stop drinking beer all together and then I will be great.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-06-20 12:28:16 -0500 Report

I don't remember if I found this at WebMD or the ADA site.
Stevia. A highly purified extract made from the leaves of a South American shrub, stevia (sold as stevia, rebiana and under the brand names PureVia and Truvia) has zero calories and is about 250 times sweeter than sugar.

How safe? No health risks have been uncovered in a wide range of studies on stevia, but research is ongoing. Stevia may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to ragweed and could interact with diabetes and blood pressure drugs.

haoleboy 2014-06-20 13:03:11 -0500 Report

Truvia is not Stevia.
Truvia is a sweetener that is made of erythritol, rebiana and "natural flavors" (in order of dominance).
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol.
Rebiana is an extraction from the stevia plant.
Natural flavors … well … we can never be quite sure what those are, can we?
Not saying it is bad … just be aware of what you are really buying.


evaziem 2014-06-20 08:55:34 -0500 Report

Check this out about what HFCS can do to our liver.
They have a typographical error close to the end of this article in the following paragraph. It should be FOR not OR.

"If you think about an apple and banana, they have sugar, but the body has to do a lot of work to break that sugar down and metabolize it. High fructose corn syrup is very dense and easy FOR the body to convert into fat," Dr. Chand said."

Pegsy 2014-06-19 18:35:54 -0500 Report

I don't drink soft drinks of any kind because there are other health risks associated with them aside from the sugar or artificial sweeteners.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-06-19 14:16:57 -0500 Report

A word of caution for anyone taking oral medication for Diabetes; Stevia has an interaction with your drugs. The other artificial sweeteners do not.

GabbyPA 2014-06-20 10:22:39 -0500 Report

It says it may cause low blood blood sugar if you are taking glucose lowering medications. So in that case we should be cautious. But there were not any other ones that were significant.

imjohn 2014-06-19 08:51:11 -0500 Report

Stevia is great and I've used it for almost 20 years. Back then it was hard to find but it was used in South America for centuries. Japan has used it in their soft drinks for many years and studies show it is safe and actually may help diabetics.

One of our problems is our sweet tooth. Stevia is very sweet and a tiny bit added to coffee or tea or any drink or even food is that the sweet taste without the insulin boost. Trader Joe's has it at reasonable prices but make sure you buy the little bottles because the big one has lactose added. Why they did that, I don't know but it's not good for anyone with diabetes or lactose intolerance.

Stevia has a slightly licorice aftertaste but is a wonderful tool for helping us get off deadly sugar.

theladyiscrazy 2014-06-18 16:12:45 -0500 Report

It may be good for someone like my mom who refuses to stop drinking sodas. She drinks "diet" now and I can't see to get across to her that is not good for her.

robertoj 2014-06-18 13:41:48 -0500 Report

I don't drink sodas ever. I stopped the day I got the dx. To me it would be a slippery slope. As far as you soda drinkers anything that helps.

jigsaw 2014-06-18 12:42:14 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, what's with you and the Coke??? (-;

Seriously, since I drink COLA with splenda, I would rather see it with plain ordinary stevia. After all these years of successfully managing my diabetes, I would hate to die from a condition caused by Splenda! On the other hand, I've never been known to consume Coke, but a glass of cola from time to time is acceptable in my book.

Lentyl 2014-06-18 11:46:49 -0500 Report

I have never really been a pop drinker. It's been years, at least 10, since I last had a drink of ginger ale. I'd rather drink filtered water.

teacherspet 2014-06-18 11:02:52 -0500 Report

Water isn't water. I live in a part of the country where the water is horrible. Although it meets standards set by the state and the national gov't, It is horrible, when you are checking out at the hospital with any kind of a recovery that requires you to drink lots of water (and what one isn't) they tell you DO NOT USE CITY WATER, When I came home with my babies, they told me never to mix formula with city water or give my child city water. Bottled or purified by either a company or ourselves is our choice.
In Canada and Europe they have Hershey's and Nestle's chocolate products that are not only sugar free but use stevia or a natural sweetner, not sugar, but our country does not. They are infact endorsed for occassional comsumption for diabetics rather than diabetic chocolate if you so choose. My point, is we are not the end all in products or services for the world, we in the US have a lot to be desired in some aspects of this culture and in treating illnesses. As far as the New Coke product, I am a coke drinker, I have cut back due to issues with my stomach caused by the meds I take for my diabetes. But will always have that taste for a coke (sugar free, zero, diet) .NO one is making me drink it, no one is going to take it away from me, I make those decisions for myself. I don't feel that lambasting someone for sharing information is what this site is about, Maybe we both woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, but let's be kind to those who are sharing here, please?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 12:44:13 -0500 Report

I was in St. Augustine, Fl and I saw signs all over the place saying don't drink the water. I stopped at a tourist attraction and used the ladies room. When I washed my hands the water smelled funny. Thankfully, we had packed beverages in our cooler.

I have a cousin that uses well water that they had to boil until she had something done to the well. I use to go to a spring near my job. The city had put a tap on it. People would be in line waiting to fill bottles. The water was crisp and clear and delicious. It was closed when some wealthy contractor was caught dumping in a stream near that fed the well. It was closed and he went to jail and paid a major fine.

No one is lambasting anyone. There is Freedom Of Speech. People have a right to voice their opinions just like they have a right to agree or disagree. No one was unkind to anyone.

evaziem 2014-06-18 11:59:10 -0500 Report

The FDA is NOT doing its job in some cases and does TOO much in others…

The +/-20% error in glucose meters is outrageous omission in pushing the industry for a better product.

The ingredients allowed in foods, including HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), preservatives and other toxic chemicals are an example of cavalier "playing" with population's health and well-being…
(Just came from NewsMax about an epidemic of liver disease from "obesity, which is linked in part to the high national consumption high fructose corn syrup, say doctors."

calling for consuming 25% of food intake as grains is another example of how the population is influeaned to their dismay.

See this article why the grains are pushed on us and how it led to obesity and diabetes 2 over the last 50 years:

haoleboy 2014-06-18 13:13:38 -0500 Report

here is a slightly different slant on HFCS:

haoleboy 2014-06-18 21:52:17 -0500 Report

not sure that is how I would approach this but that could work given that there is a fixed amount of carbs per calorie (4 calories in every gram of carbohydrate). But if your entire caloric intake is from carbs you would be in a world of hurt.

evaziem 2014-06-18 15:58:33 -0500 Report

Here is what I think about drinking distilled water.
As much as I love Dr. Mercola, he is hysterical in this article.:
Drinking chemically pure water, even lightly acidic (from absorbed CO2 from the air) will not kill us.

If we relay for water to be our main source of minerals, it would be bad planning. Mike and I get these minerals from all-color veggies, some fruit and nuts. We also take supplements.

By distilling water, we eliminate fluoride for example with bacteria, viruses and possible parasites. We will continue purifying our water this way.

This is the only time I disagree with Dr. Mercola. Sorry, Joe.
BTW: This must be an older article. There is no date but the newest reference is 1996…

evaziem 2014-06-18 15:00:55 -0500 Report

They go back and forth on this issue. Sugar is sugar. HFCS is a simple carb and converts into glucose fast. What is its glycemic index and load? I guess high.

Also, HFCS is additive… This makes people want more and consume more that accounts for the caloric intake the article is talking about.

No HFCS for me and my loved ones. Period, end of story! :=)))

haoleboy 2014-06-18 15:23:33 -0500 Report

actually the amount of fructose in HFCS is roughly the same as in 'sugar' (less in some applications).
the glycemic index of fructose (19) is the lowest of any 'natural sugar

haoleboy 2014-06-18 15:36:32 -0500 Report

when I was a kid (god, that makes me sound so old) we MAYBE were allowed a 6 oz soda once a week … maybe. I clearly remember when they stared marketing 16 oz bottles of soda my mother was shocked … one person could never drink that much soda. wonder what she'd think of today's 64+ oz. behemoths?
I think it is really all about the amount we are consuming.

evaziem 2014-06-18 15:46:49 -0500 Report

It's the culture, like I said above. It has something to do with copying others. All these commercials, showing how happy we are when we drink cokes, work. Coke is part of this culture, fashion… Reason does not matter. I hear people say "I know it's bad for me…" Addiction, lack of will power and no brains…

haoleboy 2014-06-18 15:13:09 -0500 Report

HFCS is added to food products for economic reasons … our demand for cheap products (based on our need to own everything) has created unforeseen consequences … not the least of which is the income disparity that is (IMO) ruining the US … but don't get me started

haoleboy 2014-06-18 15:40:56 -0500 Report

We are certainly a materialistic society and the explosion of obesity goes hand in hand with that.
(that and some bad nutritional science back in the 60's and 70's)

evaziem 2014-06-18 16:11:10 -0500 Report

"Our distrust of saturated fat can be traced back to the 1950s, to a man named Ancel Benjamin Keys, a scientist at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world—even gracing the cover of Time magazine—for relentlessly championing the idea that saturated fats raise cholesterol and, as a result, cause heart attacks."

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 10:28:11 -0500 Report

Gabby, other countries do not have to answer to the US FDA because they make and process something in their countries for only their citizens will be eating or drinking. This means they can add what they want to the mix.

You have absolutely no idea if the soda will be 89 calories when it is produced in this country. Coca Cola has to adhere to what the US standards are. Not everything there is to eat has to be for diabetics. If you don't want the calories, don't drink it.

Don't go to Grenada and drink coke. It is extremely sweet. Barbados has salt in Pepsi and Evian bottled water in Mexico has salt. When these kinds of foods are shipped to the US, they have to meet FDA guidelines.

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-06-18 10:19:44 -0500 Report

I know we don't NEED soda, and that water is best. But for soda drinkers like me, it is enjoyable and will continue. The idea of getting aspartame out of my Coke Zero is exciting to me. Although I don't buy into the common thought that an occasional drink with aspartame is going to poison me, I do like the idea of using stevia instead of the less than natural sweeteners that are commonly used now. My soda with stevia instead of aspartame/sucralose/HFCS (worst!) would be rad.

evaziem 2014-06-18 09:43:55 -0500 Report

Drinking sodas is a cultural thing. We do not need it. Pure water is best.

If I want caffeine, I drink coffee (every morning).

You may think I am crazy but I bought a water distiller and we make our pure water every day, three times a day for two people.

And we pour this water into 32oz GLASS containers (not plastic) and take them to work and wherever we go (like fishing).

I have 32oz of water before lunch and another before the quitting time (5pm).
We have also tea and coffee with meals, no fruit juices.

haoleboy 2014-06-18 10:03:10 -0500 Report

Guess you haven't read what crazy Joe Mercola has to say about that:

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 10:17:01 -0500 Report

I would upgrade him to Insane. Steve, I found out that some of the bottled water comes from states who sell water to the plants who process water. For instance one of the east coast chain supermarkets use to sell our tap water as bottled water and this was clearly marked on the label. I told a woman with a case of it who said that she loved this water. I told her you can turn on the tap in your house and drink the same water. She insisted she couldn't. I said read the label. She did and put the water back.

Years ago, I was doing research for a Lab Class. I researched bottled water. I stumbled on an article about where bottled water comes from. Cities who have very high marks for their water sell water to processing plants. It was either Great Bear, Poland Springs or another one that is New Jersey tap water.

I rarely believe anything I read that is written by people like Dr, Oz and this clown. They are in it to make money and they know people are gullible and if they talk long enough and loud enough people will believe them.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 14:57:47 -0500 Report

I do not consider you a friend and after you said what you said I want absolutely nothing to do with you. I respect the right that you are who you are but I have the right to totally ignore you.

haoleboy 2014-06-18 14:39:04 -0500 Report

it filters/reduces a number of impurities and improves the taste.
I have a problem with the whole idea of filling our limited landfills with plastic bottles just for convenience sake …
Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – end up in landfills

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 12:33:02 -0500 Report

bad odor and taste from the chlorine in the water and it also softens tap water. It is not a water purifier. I had one for 6 years till it finally stopped working. I noticed the taste of the water once I started using it the first week.

evaziem 2014-06-18 10:16:14 -0500 Report

Hmmm… I have NOT seen it! Many thanks!

I have to present this article to the family council (Mike and myself) and we will be talking about it!

See, our water district adds fluoride and we do not want it…
That is how this distilling started.

locarbarbie 2014-06-18 09:28:14 -0500 Report

I do not understand why it would still have 89 calories…what else are they putting in there? Zevia brand soda uses stevia as its only sweetener and it has 0 calories and 4 carbs per serving. It is a bit pricey and still WAY too sweet for my liking. On occasion I will buy the zevia ginger ale or orange soda and add it to sparkling water or club soda for some fizz with a bit of flavor. That way the expensive soda is much more affordable since I would get maybe 3 or 4 servings per can by adding the sparkling soda.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-18 10:22:42 -0500 Report

Here is the reason why. When you travel outside of this country, you will find that other countries do not have to answer to the US FDA. I have had Evian bottled water in Mexico that had sodium in it. I had Coke in Grenada that was sickeningly sweet. I have no idea what was in the Pepsi in Barbados because it tasted nothing like our Pepsi here and it tasted like sodium had been added to it.

Years ago, I was another state and bought Sam's Club bottled flavored water. We didn't have a Wal-Mart or Sam's Club in my state. I bout the bottle in a Wal-Mart. The Cherry flavored water was so salty I got my money back after reading the bottle and learned that sodium was added to the water.

Jan8 2014-06-18 09:10:04 -0500 Report

Love stevia. use it everyday but in Coke??/ I have banned any soda from my diet. But I'm sure I would love it in coke !

evaziem 2014-06-18 08:55:39 -0500 Report

Per Dr. Mercola, Stevia is one of nature's sweetest sugar substitutes that won't sour your health. He says:

"Stevia: A super-sweet herb native to Paraguay, stevia is up to 300X sweeter than sugar. It is best used to increase the sweetness of another sweetener, like erythritol, rather than as the sole sweetener in a recipe. Pure stevia extract can be used sparingly. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the common range for most dessert recipes."

MrsCDogg 2014-06-18 08:46:05 -0500 Report

I'm sure it will still be full of other nasty ingredients just like what we have now. I'm not a big soda fan anyway.

GabbyPA 2014-06-18 08:53:24 -0500 Report

It's funny, because it seems that the soda industry is suffering a lot. Coke sales have been slipping for years along with most other soda companies. I guess we are all waking up to the fact that a soda once in a while as a treat is the way to go.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-18 10:07:30 -0500 Report

I have never used Stevia or Truvia. Are they two different products?
I have never been able to drink diet drinks as they all have a terrible aftertaste to me. I'm guessing that Stevia & Truvia don't have aftertastes?? If I can ever get over my craving for A&W root beer I think I will just leave pop alone. Interesting article; will be watching for follow up on how Coke Life goes over in those countries.

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