Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have been battling for years to capture the attention and pocket books of countries around the world. In no location has it been more prevalent than in their country of origin; the United States. Here the cola-wars have taken on a whole new meaning as both Coke and Pepsi compete with a vast budget for advertising, each trying to out-do the other in terms of celebrity marketing and salesmanship based on taste. But when you break down the molding that is basically the commercialization of both products, what’s left behind are two distinctively different products that at times can be a substitute product for each other, but at other times people simply prefer to have one more than the other.
When comparing Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, right from the start you can rule out which one is healthier for you, because the nutritional facts for both products are close to being the same. Neither has any caloric content, no fat, no carbohydrates, and no protein. Diet Coke has 40mg of sodium (rounded to 2% of the daily value) and Diet Pepsi has 35mg of sodium (rounded to 1% of the daily value). So from a technical perspective you could say that Diet Pepsi is slightly “better” for you with 5 less mg of sodium. Does that really mean anything? Both colas have carbonated water, caramel coloring, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine, and phenylketonurics. That’s it. They have roughly the same ingredients, so really all that separates them in the hearts and minds of the consumers is the taste.
Now it should be said that there are times where I actually prefer one over the other when it comes to Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke. Yes, I indeed like both of these colas, and have at many times have both of them in the fridge at the same time. The reason for this, is that they are products that are geared to go along with meals, and are intended to accentuate meals or snacks. The differing tastes have a lot to do with what foods go best with them. Between the two colas, Diet Pepsi is a sweeter blend of the “natural flavors”, and works really well when you are looking for a nice sweet drink to help “set-off” something that you are eating. This works best when it comes to meals such as pizza or spicier foods like Chinese, because it helps to bring out the flavors in the foods just a little bit more. When it comes to Diet Coke, you get a cola that has a little more of a kick to it, and when the food is more laid-back in regards to flavors or is easier on the pallet, then the Diet Coke serves as a great way of hitting off the taste-buds.
Cost isn’t really an issue when it comes to Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, because they are the type of products that stores will put on sale in order to bring in customers and get them to buy other products. Typically grocery stores will mark down one or the other at a given time, and then sell chips or grilling foods at an inexpensive price during the same sales. It is rare to find both Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi on sale at the same time, because the stores are trying to sell out the stock of one at a time. In addition to regular stores, fast-food restaurants all over the place have started to sell both Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi in order to cater to those that like only one of the selections, an idea which convenience stores (like 7-11) figured out how to do best many years ago. It’s not hard to find a place to buy either Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, and both companies have done a great job of making sure that anyone who wants a can or bottle of the product won’t have to search hard to find one.
There are days when I like to have Diet Coke, and then there are days where I prefer to have Diet Pepsi, but regardless of the decision, I would have to say that I like Diet Pepsi the best out of the two choices. It’s always going to be a battle between these two similar products for the large market-share of cola drinkers, and I have to say that I welcome it because it helps to keep the prices reasonable for all of us consumers. There isn’t a wrong choice when it comes to Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, but both are a delicious choice when it comes to selecting a Cola. I highly recommend both of them, and suggest that everyone have a few cans in their refrigerator for those long hot Summer days when a cool drink is the best thing in the world.