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Is Coca-Cola Zero Paleo Friendly?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I know cavemen did not have the luxury of this sweet and delicious drink. Due to it's zero calorie sweetener I think it would be a good substitute for the Classic Coke I hold dear.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on January 28, 2013
at 07:51 AM

It has been 3.5 Weeks since I last drank soda. I am craving it so hard, I am even dreaming about it. I am to the point of bargaining with myself so I can drink it again. This stuff is SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE, so try to break the addiction!

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 27, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I think Evelyn this is a very reasonable and fair response. I think a lot of people think of "paleo" as some variation of a low carb diet and artificially sweetened chemical gunk like Coke Zero is allowed on most low carb diets. That being said... it ain't paleo. I used to think it was an excusable luxury until I cut it out and all my "emotional eating" problems disappeared.

609eb8b91ed368be077c984dfc2f8b8f

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Thank you Evelyn for your response. While my question was a little tongue in cheek I did want to see what differing opinions there were on this topic. I have decided to drink diet sodas on my cheat days if I feel the need. I've been doing very well eating Paleo and I love it! I've gained more muscle in a month then I had in six on a 'normal' diet.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 27, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Jeez ... come of for air there Jonesey. The last thing I think I can be accused of here at PH is posting to get my rep up! Calling someone a troll for asking a question is a bit over the top, don'tcha think?

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I guess that's why they called this site paleo hacks. A site where people just come to just to hack the crap out of Paleo. They should of called it PaleoKing "On here we do paleo your way" We all know the guides lines to Paleo or you should if you are doing or trying the Paleo lifestyle as I call it.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:52 PM

I don't think you are a troll. I understand the addiction. Giving it up will change everything.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:51 PM

yuk, could cavemen even pronounce that?

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:34 PM

There's an (somewhat) serious discussion about the potential role of soda in a healthy diet. In fact there's a link to it at the top of the page. There's a lot more to be gained from discussing these things than dismissing them.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Thumbs up to Dave S. with a good respone, but i still think this was a stupid question that warrented a negative vote. I think he said it in his first book and if I remember right it was in the use in moderation food section. I think people need to go back to doing a little bit more research instead of jumping on a user forum to get information. This site is full of people just trying to get their rep up instead of being honest and telling someone their question is idiotic. Gosh forbid you give me a hit on my rep for being honest, and telling you what I think about a question.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:08 PM

It is not paleo friendly. However, if the rest of your diet is good and coke zero is the only thing bad - you are so far ahead of the game that I wouldn't worry too much about it at this point. There is some concern that artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame) interfere with the neuroregulation of appetite - in other words, some people have trouble losing weight until they get rid of the diet soda. (How ironic!) Try some of the suggestions here to see if you can eventually wean yourself off of it and don't be too hard on yourself. (Coming from an ex-diet coke addict)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I think Cordain actually said diet soda was okay... One more thing to disagree with Cordain about.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:35 PM

The only thing I use this site for is a good laugh like I'm getting now, because someone is actually defending this stupid question put on this site by a TROLL.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I own quite a few Paleo cookbooks and not a one has a soda recipe in it.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:24 PM

There are plenty of questions and comments on Paleo Hacks about artificial low calorie sweetners and "Paleo" baked goods and "Paleo" recipe books. It is all the same damn thing.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Really there are? Please post me a site or reference that states soda of any form is Paleo. I would love to read it.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:09 PM

+1 Evelyn aka CarbSane for keeping the Paleo Community graceful.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:05 PM

It is a useful question for him. There are a lot of resources out there with a lot of different views on this sort of thing. It won't hurt to take a minute to give a respectful answer to someone instead of down-voting them and making them feel crappy.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:52 PM

It's not a useful question so giving a negative vote was in order. It doesn't take much research into Paleo to find the answer to that question.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Honestly I can't believe some moron out there said this question was useful. I gave it a down vote and it was at -2 now it's back to -1.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Since I gave this question a down vote I was asked to give feedback on how to improve this question. The only way to improve this question is to remove it. Then have Ryan do some remedial Paleo research.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Congratulations for the amazing intellectual feat of "knowing cavemen did not have the luxury of this sweet and delicious drink." Can somebody give Ryan here a college degree in anthropology?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I like the lemon lime too, when you just have to have something fizzy.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 27, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Facepalm! Really?

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:35 AM

The cynic in me always has to wonder if questions like these are the doing of a troll with an especially dry sense of humor. If not, how sad it is that the answers provided by folks with the highest "reputation" reveal happen to be the douchiest.

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:26 AM

ummm....no. try drinking seltzer water instead? it was really hard for me to give up soda as well, but i found i was mainly craving carbonation, not the actual taste of the soda itself. so try replacing the sodas with seltzer.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 27, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I upvoted this question and here's why. Ryan is a newbie. When I opened this question it had a -2 votes. Is this really necessary? Was there anything incendiary about the question or inciting in nature? NO.

So the next time people wonder ways to make this place better or why some folks don't bother ever trying, reconsider the downvotes on this rather innocuous question. Speculating over if Ryan is a troll, etc. One can presume he probably knows the correct answer, but perhaps he's looking for some consolation. Maybe he's looking for some affirmation that he can be considered "paleo" if but for drinking Coke Zero. How many paleos are so coming through the -- ahem, Jimmy Moore anyone? -- low carb frankenfood conduit?

There are some excellent responses about alternatives that I hope Ryan will consider. But a real whole food diet with some Coke Zero? Go for it man if it helps you ... and just keep an eye on things as you progress. You'll probably find someday you wake up and reach for a cup of unsweetened iced tea.

As to the Coke and artificial sweeteners, however, I would be most wary of aspartame which is TTBOMK the primary sweetener in diet Coke products. I opt for Splenda as a sweetener when I do have soda these dayse. It is most certainly NOT paleo. But neither are a sheetload of foods I see discussed here daily.

Best of luck to you Ryan on your road to a healthier real, whole foods diet.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Really there are? Please post me a site or reference that states soda of any form is Paleo. I would love to read it.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I think Cordain actually said diet soda was okay... One more thing to disagree with Cordain about.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:52 PM

It's not a useful question so giving a negative vote was in order. It doesn't take much research into Paleo to find the answer to that question.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:05 PM

It is a useful question for him. There are a lot of resources out there with a lot of different views on this sort of thing. It won't hurt to take a minute to give a respectful answer to someone instead of down-voting them and making them feel crappy.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:35 PM

The only thing I use this site for is a good laugh like I'm getting now, because someone is actually defending this stupid question put on this site by a TROLL.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Thumbs up to Dave S. with a good respone, but i still think this was a stupid question that warrented a negative vote. I think he said it in his first book and if I remember right it was in the use in moderation food section. I think people need to go back to doing a little bit more research instead of jumping on a user forum to get information. This site is full of people just trying to get their rep up instead of being honest and telling someone their question is idiotic. Gosh forbid you give me a hit on my rep for being honest, and telling you what I think about a question.

609eb8b91ed368be077c984dfc2f8b8f

(69)

on January 27, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Thank you Evelyn for your response. While my question was a little tongue in cheek I did want to see what differing opinions there were on this topic. I have decided to drink diet sodas on my cheat days if I feel the need. I've been doing very well eating Paleo and I love it! I've gained more muscle in a month then I had in six on a 'normal' diet.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:09 PM

+1 Evelyn aka CarbSane for keeping the Paleo Community graceful.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on January 27, 2012
at 04:34 PM

There's an (somewhat) serious discussion about the potential role of soda in a healthy diet. In fact there's a link to it at the top of the page. There's a lot more to be gained from discussing these things than dismissing them.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I guess that's why they called this site paleo hacks. A site where people just come to just to hack the crap out of Paleo. They should of called it PaleoKing "On here we do paleo your way" We all know the guides lines to Paleo or you should if you are doing or trying the Paleo lifestyle as I call it.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:24 PM

There are plenty of questions and comments on Paleo Hacks about artificial low calorie sweetners and "Paleo" baked goods and "Paleo" recipe books. It is all the same damn thing.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I own quite a few Paleo cookbooks and not a one has a soda recipe in it.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 27, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Jeez ... come of for air there Jonesey. The last thing I think I can be accused of here at PH is posting to get my rep up! Calling someone a troll for asking a question is a bit over the top, don'tcha think?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 27, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I think Evelyn this is a very reasonable and fair response. I think a lot of people think of "paleo" as some variation of a low carb diet and artificially sweetened chemical gunk like Coke Zero is allowed on most low carb diets. That being said... it ain't paleo. I used to think it was an excusable luxury until I cut it out and all my "emotional eating" problems disappeared.

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Carbonated water, colour (caramel E150d), phosphoric acid, sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame-K), flavourings (including caffeine), acidity regulator (E331). Contains a source of phenylalanine.

As if.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:51 PM

yuk, could cavemen even pronounce that?

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Think you missed the point of paleo all together.

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:33 AM

The less you cave into drinking it, the less you'll crave it. Break the addiction, dude.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on January 28, 2013
at 07:51 AM

It has been 3.5 Weeks since I last drank soda. I am craving it so hard, I am even dreaming about it. I am to the point of bargaining with myself so I can drink it again. This stuff is SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE, so try to break the addiction!

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Nope, not even close. With that said, you are starting a new way of life that includes healthier eating. If having the occasional diet soda helps you stick to it the rest of the time then by all means have it. You did not join a cult after all, you adopted a healthier approach to food...that's it. So ask yourself, if I have this diet soda is the rest of my diet still healthier? I say yes.

If you must, then have it. If you can stick with water instead...even better.

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Nope, not even close.

You can make as many excuses for it as you'd like, but you're still drinking a cocktail of chemicals.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:46 AM

To quote John McInroe......"You can not be serious".....

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:15 PM

If you absolutely MUST have soda, and substitutes like Kyvita (coconut water probiotic) won't do, you might consider Zevia, which is a zero-calorie carbonated beverage in several flavors. The ingredients list for the cola is at least mostly innocuous: Ingredients: CARBONATED WATER, ERYTHRITOL, CARAMEL COLOR, TARTARIC ACID, REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT), FUMARIC ACID, CAFFEINE, NATURAL FLAVORS, NUTMEG OIL

No artificial sweeteners - REB A is a stevia extract... a green plant that grows in your own back yard (I know -- I grow it in my herb garden).

The grapefruit-citrus flavor is one of my faves... with the added bonus of MCTs (most fruit-flavored sodas use oil in one form or another to carry the fruit essence) CARBONATED WATER, ERYTHRITOL, CITRIC ACID, REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT), GRAPEFRUIT OIL, MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES, ORANGE OIL, LEMON OIL, LIME OIL

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I like the lemon lime too, when you just have to have something fizzy.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:41 AM

You already know the answer but it doesn't really matter if it is paleo or not. Artificial sweeteners are not good for you.

http://www.mattmetzgar.com/matt_metzgar/2012/01/artificial-sweeteners-dont-work.html

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:07 AM

No. If you're trying to wean yourself off it, and you currently find regular water too bland/boring still, I'd recommend going with carbonated water (unsweetened) as an intermediate step first.

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Sorry...but no.

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:21 AM

No its not. I held it dear as well, with a splash of George Dickel. But now, full Paleo, no. I don't crave it anymore either...one of the things that keep people from going true Paleo are these kinds of temptations.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Definitely not! if you drink coca-cola zero you are eating a junk food diet. paleo diet focueses on natural and whole foods.

but if you "must" to drink coca cola, so is better to drink diet then regular coca cola.

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Mexican Coke is certainly a great option, however, I like blue sky coca-cola

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:29 AM

this is not a real question, people.

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:31 PM

im pretty sure the artificial sweetener will mess up the brains ability to regulate sugar intake. at least thats what the scientist say. come to think of it, i only see obese people drinking it so it probably true.

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